Billy Joel - The Stranger

 (30th Anniversary Edition)





Product No.:
ALEG 31858
UPC: 886973185810
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

180 Gram LP

By the summer of 1977, Billy Joel was still searching for the elusive hits that would make him a viable artist on Columbia Records. His first four albums for the company had yielded only the minor hit "Piano Man," but nothing that would cement Billy's place on the artist roster. In June of that year, Billy played the last shows of the Turnstiles tour at New York's Carnegie Hall. The hometown shows were sold out and Columbia recorded them for posterity. In the audience one night was the legendary recording engineer Phil Ramone, who was making a name for himself as a producer of artists like Paul Simon, Phoebe Snow and Bob Dylan. Ramone liked what he saw and wanted to immediately start working with Billy and his band – something no other producer wanted to do. The band recorded nine songs that would come to define Billy's various influences and styles, including "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant," "The Stranger," "She's Always A Woman" and "Only The Good Die Young."

This 30th Anniversary Edition is pressed on 180-gram vinyl.


1. Movin' Out
2. The Stranger
3. Just the Way You Are
4. Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
5. Vienna
6. Only the Good Die Young
7. She's Always a Woman
8. Get It Right the First Time
9. Everybody Has A Dream

Customer Reviews (3.25 Stars) 4 person(s) rated this product.

speed is not right...

posted on 03/24/2011
2 Stars
I grew up on this album. When the needle hit the groove (best part of my day), I knew right off something wasn't right. Thought table belt was on 45 rpm ?? Piano is all trebly...must be a digital master. Dug out my scratched copy from my childhood...ahh, much better...knew I wasn't crazy...sorry to bash something, but this should be better...

No More MP3 Download!

posted on 11/01/2009
3 Stars
Reviewer: John M.
I have an SACD copy of this album which is amazing in comparison to this version. There is distorted highs in this pressing easily discernable when listening to the whistle opening of The Stranger, in my copy anyways. I then attempted to retrieve my downloadable copy and found it was only available till July of 09'.

Great album, but skip the download

posted on 12/02/2008
4 Stars
Reviewer: Steve S.
Wow! This is one of the better sounding "new" albums I have picked up. Nicely balanced, great detail. Phil Woods' famous sax solo on "Just the way you are" never sounded better! So glad to have a high quality edition of this classic in my collection. Knocks the socks off the redbook CD!

It was great that it also included a free mp3 download of the album, plus a 1977 concert from Carnegie Hall. All I can say about the Carnegie Hall gig is that I'm glad I wasn't there! Billy was in very poor voice (maybe too many concerts in a row?) and the orchestra and orchestral arrangements were cheezy at best. Also, Richie Cannata gave about the most lame solo in "Just the way..." that I have ever heard.

But forget that...the album is well worth the purchase price!

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