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The Stranger [Enhanced, Original recording remastered]

Billy Joel Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Oct. 27 2013
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The Stranger is a great addition to my music collection with songs I've heard before and some I had not heard before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Entertainer Oct. 5 2013
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I never really listened to Billy Joel growing up but after we purchased this DVD I absolutely love his style. I never get tired of listening to him and his music is fresh and clean. Absolutely amazing.
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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 Brilliant in every way! Dec 13 2009
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Until this point in 1977, Billy Joel had been a one-hit wonder, with "Piano Man" as his lasting contribution to popular music. "The Stranger" changed it all for Billy, introducing the world to his hook-laden songwriting skills while showing his musical versatility.

The album's opener, the energetic "Movin' Out", shows flavors of edgy jazz mixed with Spanish and Caribbean touches. The title track is a very personal number, all about finding out who we are and who the people we love are. "Just The Way You Are" is the light jazz ballad that introduced this album to the world at large and became a wedding standard for decades. The next track, "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant", shows Billy at his best, starting with a heartfelt ballad section that gives way to a bright pop beat with a hopeful verse, and peaks with a story about "Brenda and Eddie" and the hard road they faced as they moved in together, all set to a torrid, jazzy pace that reminds us greatly of Springsteen as Richie Cannata (Billy's highly underrated sax player) launches into a dynamite sax solo. "Scenes", to me, might be Billy's greatest accomplishment in song construction.

The second half of the disc is less ambitious but hardly unsatisfying. "Vienna" is a smooth tune that calls to the wandering heart in all of us; "Only The Good Die Young", which horrified the Catholic church, is impossible to resist and remains one of the signatures of this album. How can anyone resist a lyric like "I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints"? But on the heels of all this fun comes "She's Always A Woman", a love song that is more passionate than "Just The Way You Are".
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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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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 I Love the Album and I love the 5.1 mix
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2004 by Daniel A. Cooper
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent SACD transfer of a timeless classic
"The Stranger" propelled Billy Joel to the top of the charts in 1977/78, becoming the biggest-selling album in CBS's history at the time(until Michael Jackson's... Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2004 by B. J O'Connor
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