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Billy Joel - Allentown FLAC album

Performer: Billy Joel
Genre: Rock
Title: Allentown
Country: US
Released: 1982
Style: Pop Rock
FLAC version ZIP size: 1809 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1549 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1668 mb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 356

Allentown" is a song by American singer Billy Joel, which was the lead track on Joel's The Nylon Curtain (1982) album, accompanied by a conceptual music video. Upon its release, and especially in subsequent years, "Allentown" emerged as an anthem of blue-collar America, representing both the aspirations and frustrations of America's working class in the late 20th century. Allentown" reached on the Billboard Hot 100, spending six consecutive weeks at that position and certified gold

Billy Joel did not grow up in Allentown - he grew up in Levittown, on Long Island. In an interview with James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio, he compared Allentown with his hometown while he was growing up, noting the similarities. Joel stated that the original title was "Levittown," and the original lyrics seemed kind of bland, and he felt that they would possibly be considered boring to the listeners. It was here that he came up with the idea for new lyrics. At that time, he had Bethlehem in mind, but was worried people would suddenly get the impression that the song was religious (the birth of Christ was said to have happened was Bethlehem, Israel). It is worth noting that Bethlehem and Allentown are right next to each other. So, he started writing down some lyrics for what later became the song "Allentown.

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Well we're waiting here in Allentown For the Pennsylvania we never found For the promises our teachers gave If we worked hard If we behaved. So the graduations hang on the wall But they never really helped us at all No they never taught us what was real Iron and coke And chromium steel And we're waiting here in Allentown. But they've taken all the coal from the ground And the union people crawled away. Every child had a pretty good shot To get at least as far as their old man got But something happened on the way to that place They threw an American flag in our face.

Band Name Billy Joel. Album Name Allentown. Type EP. Released date 1982. Members owning this album0. 2. Elvis Presley Blvd. Other productions from Billy Joel. Opus 1-10: Fantasies & Delusions : Music for Solo Piano.

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A Allentown 3:50
B Elvis Presley Blvd. 3:25

Companies, etc.

  • Manufactured By – Columbia Records
  • Manufactured By – CBS Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – CBS Inc.
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Inc.
  • Mastered At – Sterling Sound
  • Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman


  • Producer – Phil Ramone
  • Written-By – B. Joel*


"P" stamps in runouts indicate that it was pressed at Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman.
Track A: Taken from the Columbia LP: "The Nylon Curtain" TC 38200

© 1982 CBS Inc./ ℗ 1982 CBS Inc.
Manufactured by Columbia Records/CBS Inc.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Label): ZSS 170720
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Label): ZSS 170721
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Scribed (Variation 1)): ZSS 170720 1E
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Scribed (Variation 2)): ZSS 170720 1G
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Scribed (Variation 1&2)): ZSS 170721 1G
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A/B, Stamped (Variation 1)): STERLING P
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Only, Stamped (Variation 2)): STERLING

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
CNR-03426 Billy Joel Allentown ‎(7", S/Sided, Single, Styrene, Ter) Columbia, Family Productions CNR-03426 US 1982
13-68701 Billy Joel Allentown / Elvis Presley Blvd. ‎(7", Single, RE) Columbia 13-68701 US 1989
38-03413 Billy Joel Allentown ‎(7", Single, Styrene, Ter) Columbia, Family Productions 38-03413 US 1982
BA 223011 Billy Joel Allentown ‎(7", Single) CBS BA 223011 Australia 1983
CNR-03426 Billy Joel Allentown ‎(7", S/Sided, Single) Columbia, Family Productions CNR-03426 US 1982