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The Stranger [Enhanced, Original recording remastered]

Billy Joel Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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1. Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
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

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This, pop superstar Joel's breakout LP, came years after he first hit the charts with the novelty-ish "Piano Man." In the meantime, the New York-based songwriter released two lackluster and stylistically confused platters that blunted interesting songs with a sound that was neither Elton mellow nor Elton attitude. Produced by Phil Ramone, The Stranger took those who had written Joel off as a one-hit wonder by surprise ("Just the Way You Are" was among the biggest hits of 1977) and it remains a solid introduction to Joel's restless muse at a crucial point in his career. It invited a few comparisons to Bruce Springsteen, with its prominent sax breaks, hard-edged rebel-rockers ("Only the Good Die Young"), and slice-of-life dramatics ("Scenes From an Italian Restaurant"), recounting life in a lower middle-class (Eastern Urban) setting; but Joel's chameleonic, formalist approach to pop wasn't to be so easily pigeonholed (Glass Houses, The Nylon Curtain, An Innocent Man...). --Don Harrison

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His 1977 #2 smash, with Just the Way You Are , and more.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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This is indeed one of rare albums that is a must have for any serious collector of today's music! Joel's brilliance and talent shines throughout the entire CD. He has a very talented band, too! Not only are these great songs with entertaining lyrics and melodies, Joel uses these songs to portray common life experiences for people in today's world: Anger, disillusionment, the struggle to be truly vulnerable with a lover, despair, love for another, the temptation of drugs, raw sexuality and hope for the future. (In "Movin' Out," "The Stranger," "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant," "Just The Way You Are," "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant," "Only The Good Die Young," and "Everybody Has A Dream," respectively.) It is Joel's treatment of these natural human emotions and experiences coupled with great music and lyrics that makes this a stellar album.
Billy Joel gained much status as a result of this album-deservedly so! I recommend this for ANYBODY who wants an excellent instant classic addition to their collection! A BUY! GRIN
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This is indeed one of rare albums that is a must have for any serious collector of today's music! Joel's brilliance and talent shines throughout the entire CD. He has a very talented band, too! Not only are these great songs with entertaining lyrics and melodies, Joel uses these songs to portray common life experiences for people in today's world: Anger, disillusionment, the struggle to be truly vulnerable with a lover, despair, love for another, the temptation of drugs, raw sexuality and hope for the future. (In "Movin' Out," "The Stranger," "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant," "Just The Way You Are," "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant," "Only The Good Die Young," and "Everybody Has A Dream," respectively.) It is Joel's treatment of these natural human emotions and experiences coupled with great music and lyrics that makes this a stellar album.
Billy Joel gained much status as a result of this album-deservedly so! I recommend this for ANYBODY who wants an excellent instant classic addition to their collection! A BUY! GRIN
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5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Joel's Best, I Think May 24 2004
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Wow, this album blows you away. Those rare albums you can find where every song or every song except 1 or 2, is great are hard to find. This is one of them. Some people will argue that this was not when he was at his best. I'd like to hear how they can justify that, but anyway. It starts off with a classic, Movin Out (Anthony's Song), then, one of my favorites, a haunting melody, The Stranger. Joel proves his extreme talent in this album. Then it moves to beautiful songs like, "Just The Way You Are," and "Scenes From An Italian Restaraunt," many people's favorite song of all time. The next song, Vienna, is also beautiful. And with megahit, Song #6, Only The Good Die Young, he basically proves that his music can go many ways and still be great. That fast moving tune, has some of the best lyrics anywhere. This album is a must have for everyone who likes any form of Rock. Not just Billy Joel.
His next two songs, "She's Always A Woman" and "Get It Right The First Time" don't let you down. With Shes Always A Woman's powerful lyrics, and Get It Right The First Time's" fast moving beat, there were two more incredible songs on this album.
The only song that is not great is the next one, in my opinion, "Everybody Has A Dream." A decent song, that is not near the first 8, it is a good way to end the album.
This album here, contains 8 songs that would be in my Top 20 Billy Joel songs of all time. Not that his other works were not excellent, like "Piano Man," or "52nd Street," but "The Stranger" is superior. No question in my mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Love the Album and I love the 5.1 mix Feb. 26 2004
Format:Audio CD
Billy Joel needs no introduction to anyone who's followed pop music in the past 25 years. He's simply one of the most talented singer-songwriters of the past quarter century. With The Stranger, he reached the top of the charts and created one of his most enduring works at the same time. This Grammy award winning album contains "Just the Way You Are," one of the most honest and beautiful love songs of all time, but it also contains classics like "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" and "Only the Good Die Young." Joel surrounds himself with talented, but unpretentious musicians who wonderfully interpret his music. And Phil Ramone's original production gave this material a thoughtful, clean mix that accentuated the songs and the musicians.
This is one of the original single-layer Sony SACDs, which pale in comparison to new hybrids that are starting to find their way into the market. For one thing, we've come to expect an upgrade in packaging, not the redbook CD booklet with 1 or 2 lines crediting the remastering team. It ships in a traditional jewel case, and is otherwise indistinguishable from a traditional CD; however, once you pop this baby into your SACD player, you'll find yourself dazzled by the sonics, in either stereo or 5.1.
I won't spend much time on the stereo mix, except to say that a friend loaned me the remastered redbook CD and, while this is definitely a step up, there's nothing jaw-droppingly better about the stereo mix. It sounds marginally better, but not enough of a leap in quality to suggest you should replace your redbook edition.
However, if you are 5.1-capable, you should really consider buying this CD. The multichannel mix is outstanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the bests by BIlly Joel...
Published 19 days ago by josee brisson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
The Stranger is a great addition to my music collection with songs I've heard before and some I had not heard before.
Published 9 months ago by Kathleen Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Entertainer
I never really listened to Billy Joel growing up but after we purchased this DVD I absolutely love his style. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lynn Klym
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant in every way!
Until this point in 1977, Billy Joel had been a one-hit wonder, with "Piano Man" as his lasting contribution to popular music. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2009 by John Murray
3.0 out of 5 stars Great songs with better to come
Released in 1977, an album that became familiar to me, through my brothers repetitive playing of it. Read more
Published on May 18 2004 by radiogold
5.0 out of 5 stars That's what I'm talking about!
A beautiful album that has been enriched with SCAD as it should be done. 5.1 music to anyone's ears.
Published on May 12 2004 by I. Menchaca
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 and a half stars
I'm one of the VERY few people who'd like 'Storm front' more than they liek 'The Stranger'. I have an old vinyl copy and the first side is perfection. Read more
Published on March 24 2004 by Tnahpellee
5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Joel Masterpiece on SACD. Good Stuff.
This is the album that propelled Billy Joel from above average tunesmith to certifiable master of his trade. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2004 by Vilbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Chock full of classics...
With the exception of his doo-wopping "An Innocent Man" album, which is a departure of his signature bluesy/jazzy sometimes ballady and occasional rockabily sound, this CD is all... Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2004 by Jason L. Schechter
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