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Billy Joel - The Stranger

 (Numbered Limited Edition)


Mobile Fidelity



Product No.:
CMOB 2089 SA
UPC: 821797208963
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180 Gram Vinyl Record
30th Anniversary Edition

Preowned Vinyl Record
Canadian Pressing/ Canada Collection

1977 pop classic remastered

Ranked 67 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and certified 10-times platinum

Originally released in 1977, Billy Joel's fifth studio album, The Stranger, was his breakthrough and marked the first of a series of highly successful collaborations with producer Phil Ramone, whose mastery of the recording studio provided a sublime sonic context for Joel's timeless songs and classic performances. The Stranger went on to become one of the top-selling albums of that year, peaking at No. 2 on the charts.

It won two Grammys for Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "Just The Way You Are," was nominated for Album of the Year, and generated four indelible singles: "Just The Way You Are," "Only The Good Die Young," "She's Always A Woman," and "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)," which have all gone on to become absolute classics.

An integral part of Mobile Fidelity’s Billy Joel catalog restoration series, The Stranger is mastered from the original master tapes and made available on Hybrid SACD. Far superior to previous reissues, this edition emphasizes the crucial touches and insightful techniques Ramone brought to a batch of material that ranks among Joel’s most clever, catchy, and sagacious. This product is a Hybrid SACD designed to play in both CD and SACD players, as well as all SACD-compatible DVD players.



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 (2.67 Stars) 3 person(s) rated this product.

Very disappointed

posted on 08/08/2013
1 Stars
Reviewer: Music1984
Cannot believe this is mastered by Mobile Fidelity! No treble , no dynamics.......very muddy sound.

I bought piano man and thought next titles will be better. No!!!! I bought 4 titles of Billy Joel and they are all the same ....



posted on 08/17/2012
2 Stars
Reviewer: JT
I couldn't wait to get this new MOFI remaster SACD after selling my old Sony copy from a decade ago. I should have waited though. Played back on my system this SACD sounds dull and lifeless. There's nothing bright at all about it whatsoever and although The Stranger never was considered an Audiophile recording my 1980's Sony Mastersound LP still sounds more musically satisfying. It has a natural presence that this particular SACD is lacking. I hope The new MOFI vinyl sounds better than this.


posted on 06/27/2012
5 Stars
I had forgotten how much I loved this album in high school. If you are a fan...BUY IT!!! The clarity and brightness of sound is incredible. I have an entry level hi-fi system and am certainly no expert on all the technical stuff, but it sure is a pleasure listening to the Piano Man!!

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