The Stranger is the fifth studio album by American singer Billy Joel, released in September 1977 by Columbia Records. It was the first of Joel's albums to be produced by Phil Ramone, with whom he would go on to work for all of his albums up until his 1986 album The Bridge. The Stranger was released a year following Joel's previous studio effort, Turnstiles, which had sold modestly and peaked low on the US charts, prompting Columbia to consider dropping Joel if his next release did not sell well.
The Stranger (album).
The Stranger" is a song by rock artist Billy Joel from his 1977 album of the same name, The Stranger. The song was released as a single in Japan where it became very popular and peaked at on the Oricon chart, charting as well in Australia. It was the last single from the album in Japan, while the US and UK saw "She's Always a Woman", released the previous year, as the last single from the album. The single is featured on Joel's greatest hits album, Greatest Hits - Volume I & II.
They do provide The Stranger with the feel of a concept album, yet there is no true thematic connection between the pieces, and his lyrics are often vague or mean-spirited. His lyrical shortcomings are overshadowed by his musical strengths. Even if his melodies sound more Broadway than Beatles - the epic suite "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant" feels like a show-stopping closer - there's no denying that the melodies of each song on The Stranger are memorable, so much so that they strengthen the weaker portions of the album
The Stranger (LP, Album, Ter). Columbia, Columbia, Family Productions.
Released September 29, 1977. The Stranger Tracklist. 1. Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) Lyrics. 2. The Stranger Lyrics. This 1977 masterpiece was released during the height of Joel’s songwriting frenzy (Turnstiles, The Stranger and 52nd Street being released in consecutive years, from 1976 to 1978). Spending 6 weeks at on the . album charts, this is Billy’s best-selling album of his long career. It contains the longest single track in the Billy Joel discography, Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, at 7:37 minutes. The Stranger Q&A.
The way this album ends would match the way it begins if Anthony’s Song were moved (Out) from the first slot. It’s a good song, most here are, but it should go after the title theme. It’s also a story not just about a grocer named Anthony but a sergeant who moonlights as a bartender; two characters who have no business at the start of a Billy Joel album. Perhaps that’s the point.
Is The Stranger the best album by Billy Joel? BestEverAlbums. com brings together thousands of 'greatest ever album' charts and calculates an overall ranking. This album At A Glance. The Stranger by Billy Joel (1977) Overall rank: 291st. Accolades: Top 20 albums of 1977 (12th). Top 100 albums of the 1970s (78th). Top 500 albums of all time (291st).
Tracklist Hide Credits
|1||Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)||3:30|
Percussion – Ralph MacDonald
|3||Just The Way You Are
Acoustic Guitar – Hugh McCracken, Steve BurghAlto Saxophone – Phil WoodsPercussion – Ralph MacDonald
|4||Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
Accordion – Dominic CorteseAcoustic Guitar – Hugh McCrackenElectric Guitar – Steve Burgh
Accordion – Dominic Cortese
|6||Only The Good Die Young||3:54|
|7||She's Always A Woman
Acoustic Guitar – Hugh McCracken, Steve Burgh
|8||Get It Right The First Time
Acoustic Guitar – Hugh McCrackenPercussion – Ralph MacDonald
|9||Everybody Has A Dream
Acoustic Guitar – Hugh McCrackenBacking Vocals – Gwen Guthrie, Lani Groves, Patti Austin, Phoebe SnowOrgan – Richard TeePercussion – Ralph MacDonald
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
- Copyright (c) – Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
- Manufactured By – Columbia Records
- Recorded At – A&R Studios
- Mixed At – A&R Studios
- Published By – Joelsongs
- Published By – Higher Music
- Published By – Ripparthur Music
- Published By – April Music Inc.
- Bass – Doug Stegmeyer
- Drums – Liberty Devitto
- Electric Guitar – Hiram Bullock
- Electric Guitar [Six & Twelve String], Twelve-String Guitar, Rhythm Guitar [Acoustic], Guitar [High String] – Mr. Steve Khan*
- Engineer – Jim Boyer, Phil Ramone
- Mastered By – TJ*
- Music By, Lyrics By – Billy Joel
- Orchestrated By – Patrick Williams
- Photography By – Jim Houghton
- Piano [Acoustic], Vocals, Keyboards [Electric], Synthesizer – Billy Joel
- Producer – Phil Ramone
- Producer [Produced In Association With] – Home Run
- Producer [Production Associate to Mr. Ramone] – Kathy Kurs
- Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Organ – Richie Cannata
NotesRecorded and Mixed at A&R Recording, Inc. New York, N.Y.
Ralph MacDonald appears courtesy of Marlin Records.
Patti Austin appears courtesy of CTI Records.
Richard Tee appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
Phil Woods appears courtesy of Gryphon Productions, Inc.
© 1977 CBS Inc. / ℗ 1977 CBS Inc.
All songs © 1977 Joelsongs (BMI) except "Everybody Has A Dream" © 1971 by Higher Music and Ripparthur Music. All rights administered by April Music Inc. (ASCAP).
The reprise of The Stranger is an extension of track 9.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Rights Society: ASCAP
- Rights Society: BMI
- Barcode: 074643498784
|JC 34987, 34987||Billy Joel||The Stranger (LP, Album, Ter)||Columbia, Columbia, Family Productions||JC 34987, 34987||US||1977|
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|JC 34987||Billy Joel||The Stranger (LP, Album, Ter)||Columbia, Family Productions||JC 34987||US||1977|
|PC 7057||Billy Joel||The Stranger (Cass, Album, Dol)||CBS, Family Productions||PC 7057||Australia||1977|
|CSCS 6016||Billy Joel||The Stranger (CD, Album, RE)||CBS/Sony||CSCS 6016||Japan||1990|