Glass Houses is the seventh studio album by American musician Billy Joel. It was released in March 1980 and is the first record of the with It 's still rock and roll to me one title the artist could reach the top spot on the Billboard charts.
In " Glass Houses " can be heard clearly stronger hard rock elements, in contrast to previous albums, so the plate is opened by the sound of shattering glasses, in which the first guitar riffs of "You may be right ," a more classic rock ' n 'roll number to connect. This had the consequence that many old fans of Joel rather strange responded with the publication on the album, while the change of direction at the same time the artist was able to bring many new followers. According to the company, the plate was intended as a response to the emerging punk culture.
The album cover shows Joel how he in the front window of his own house, a modern glass house, in Oyster Bay, throwing a stone. The musician had already moved into this house in 1977, after he could not get a flat in traditional apartment building The Dakota in New York City. According to " The Stranger " and " 52nd Street " " Glass Houses " is also the third collaboration between Billy Joel and his longtime producer Phil Ramone.
After his release in March 1980, the album took six weeks the first place the U.S. album charts and was the album that has the fourth-highest sales figures for the entire year, behind The Wall by Pink Floyd, The Long Run by the Eagles and Off the Wall by Michael Jackson.
At the Grammy Awards in 1981 Billy Joel also won with " Glass Houses " the Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.
Both the music and the lyrics of all the tracks come from Billy Joel.