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Storm Front (album)

Storm Front is the eleventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel,
Storm Front
released on October 17, 1989. It features one of Joel's three No. 1 hits, "We Didn't
Start the Fire", a fast-paced song that cataloged a list of historical events, trends, and
cultural icons from after World War II (when Joel was born) until 1989, and
"Leningrad", a story-song about a friendship between an American and a Russian
during the final years of theCold War.

"I Go to Extremes", a song describing the ups and downs of his emotional life,
placed at No. 6. Other songs that placed in the top 100 were "And So It Goes" (No.
37), "The Downeaster 'Alexa" (No. 57), and "That's Not Her Style" (No. 77). The
cover depicts the maritime storm warning flag indicating wind forces 10-12, the
highest intensity on theBeaufort scale.

Studio album by Billy Joel

Released October 17, 1989
Contents Recorded 1988–1989
Cover versions Studio The Hit Factory Times
Track listing Square Studio, New
Personnel York, New York
Right Track Recording,
Grammy Awards New York, New York
Charts and certifications
The Warehouse Studio,
Weekly charts Vancouver, British
Year-end charts Columbia
Certifications and sales The Power Station, New
References York, New York,
Genre Rock
Cover versions Length 44:34

In 1991, Garth Brooks recorded "Shameless" on his albumRopin' the Label Columbia
Wind. Brooks' cover version was also released as a single and reached Producer Billy Joel, Mick Jones
the top of the US country charts, and also entered the UK Singles Chart.
Paul Anka covered "I Go to Extremes" on his 2007 albumClassic Billy Joel chronology
Songs, My Way.
Концерт Storm River of
Jennifer Warnes covered "And So It Goes" for her 2001 albumThe Well.
(1987) Front Dreams
(1989) (1993)
Track listing Singles from Storm Front
All songs written by Billy Joel.
1. "We Didn't Start the Fire"
Side one Released: 1989
1. "That's Not Her Style" – 5:10 2. "Leningrad"
2. "We Didn't Start the Fire" – 4:50 Released: 1989
3. "The Downeaster 'Alexa'" – 3:44 3. "I Go to Extremes"
4. "I Go to Extremes" – 4:23
Released: 1989
5. "Shameless" – 4:26 4. "The Downeaster 'Alexa'"
Side two Released: April 1990
5. "That's Not Her Style"
6. "Storm Front" – 5:17
7. "Leningrad" – 4:06 Released: July 1990
8. "State of Grace" – 4:30 6. "And So It Goes"
9. "When in Rome" – 4:44 Released: October 1990
10. "And So It Goes" – 3:38
7. "Shameless"
Released: 1991
Storm Front marked a radical change in Joel's backing band. Since his Professional ratings
last studio album (The Bridge), both Russell Javors and Doug Review scores
Stegmeyer, long-time members of Joel's band, were discharged from
Source Rating
their respective duties as rhythm guitarist and bass guitarist. Javors was
AllMusic [1]
replaced with Joey Hunting for the record and by Tommy Byrnes on
tour while Stegmeyer was replaced by Schuyler Deale. Band regulars Deseret News (Positive) [2]
Liberty DeVitto, David Brown and Mark Rivera were retained. Joel [3]
The Los Angeles T imes
also hired the percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Crystal Taliefero
The New York Times (Positive) [4]
beginning with this album.
People (Not favorable) [5]
Billy Joel – vocals, acoustic piano,clavinet, accordion,
Hammond organ, harpsichord, synthesizers, guitars, Robert Christgau B[6]
percussion [7]
Rolling Stone
Liberty DeVitto – drums (1-9), percussion (2)
David Brown – lead guitar (1-9),Midi guitar solo on "Storm
Joey Hunting – rhythm guitar (2)
Crystal Taliefero – backing vocals (1, 2, 5, 6, 9), percussion (2)
Schuyler Deale – bass guitar (1-9)
Jeff Jacobs – synthesizers, backing vocals (1), horn arrangements (6)
Additional musicians

Don Brooks – harmonica on "That's Not Her Style"

Mick Jones – guitar on "Storm Front", guitar solo on "State of Grace"; backing vocals on "That's Not Her Style", "I Go
To Extremes" and "State of Grace"
John Mahoney – keyboards on "We Didn't Start the Fire", keyboard programming on "Leningrad"
Sammy Merendino – electronic percussion on "W e Didn't Start the Fire"
Kevin Jones – keyboard programming on "W e Didn't Start the Fire"
Doug Kleeger – sounds effects and arrangements on "We Didn't Start the Fire"
Dominic Cortese – accordion on "Leningrad"
Itzhak Perlman – violin on "The Downeaster 'Alexa'"
Lenny Pickett – saxophone on "Storm Front" and "When in Rome"
Andrew Love, Wayne Jackson – The Memphis Horns on "Storm Front"
Bill Zampino – choral arrangement on "Leningrad"
Chuck Arnold – backing vocals and choral leader on "Leningrad"
Arif Mardin – orchestral arrangement on "Leningrad"
Hicksville High School Chorus – backing vocals on "Leningrad"
Richard Marx – backing vocals on "Storm Front" and "That's Not Her Style"
Patricia Darcy-Jones – backing vocals on "That's Not Her Style", "Shameless", "Storm Front" and "When in Rome"
Frank Floyd – backing vocals on "That's Not Her Style", "Shameless" and "Storm Front"
Brian Ruggles – backing vocals on "That's Not Her Style"
Joe Lynn Turner – backing vocals on "I Go To Extremes" and "State of Grace"
Ian Lloyd – backing vocals on "I Go T
o Extremes" and "State of Grace"
Brenda White King – backing vocals on "When in Rome"
Curtis King – backing vocals on "When in Rome"

Produced by Billy Joel and Mick Jones

Mixed by Tom Lord-Alge (Tracks 1-3) and Jay Healy (Tracks 3-10).
Engineered by Jay Healy
Assistant Engineers – Dana Becker, Tim Crich, David Dorn, Suzanne Hollander
, Joe Pirrera and Gary Solomon.
Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound (New York, NY).
Art Direction – Chris Austopchuk
Back Photo – Timothy White
Front Photo – Frank Ockenfels


Grammy Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result

Song of the Year[8] Nominated

1990 "We Didn't Start the Fire" Record of the Year[8] Nominated

Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male[8] Nominated

Storm Front Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male[9] Nominated

Storm Front (produced by Billy Joel and Mick
Producer of the Year (Non-Classical)[10] Nominated

Charts and certifications

Weekly charts Year-end charts

Chart (1989) Highest Position

Australian Albums Chart[25] 41

UK Albums Chart[26] 73

Chart (1990) Position

Canadian Albums Chart[27] 29

Dutch Albums Chart[28] 67

German Albums Chart[29] 4

US Billboard Year-end[30] 10
Chart (1989–90)

Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 1

Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria Top


Belgian Albums (BEA)[13] 9

Canadian Albums (RPM)[14] 4

Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[15] 14

Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen


German Albums (Media Control) [17] 5

Icelandic Albums (Tonlist)[18] 9

Japanese Albums (Oricon)[19] 8

New Zealand Albums (RIANZ) [20] 9

Swiss Albums (Schweizer


UK Albums (OCC) [22] 5

US Billboard 200[23] 1

Zimbabwean Albums (ZIMA)[24] 4

Certifications and sales

Region Certification Certified units/Sales

Australia (ARIA)[31] 2× Platinum 140,000^

Austria (IFPI Austria)[32] Gold 25,000*

Canada (Music Canada)[33] 2× Platinum 200,000^

Germany (BVMI)[34] Platinum 500,000^

Japan (RIAJ)[35] Platinum 110,000[36][37]

Netherlands (NVPI)[38] Gold 50,000[39]

New Zealand (RMNZ)[40] Gold 7,500^

United Kingdom (BPI)[41] Platinum 300,000^

United States (RIAA)[42] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Preceded by Succeeded by
Billboard 200 number-one album
Girl You Know It's True by Girl You Know It's True by
December 16–22, 1989
Milli Vanilli Milli Vanilli
Preceded by ARIA Charts number-one album Succeeded by
Warragul by John November 6, 1989 – November 19, Heart of Stone
Williamson 1989 by Cher
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