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Billy Joel - The Stranger

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    Personnel: Billy Joel (vocals, harmonica, piano, organ, keyboards); Hiram Bullock, Steve Burgh, Steve Khan, Hugh McCracken, David Brown (guitar); Richie Cannatta (fiddle, flute, soprano & tenor saxophones, organ, keyboards); Phil Woods (alto saxophone)......more

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Artist: Joel, Billy
Personnel: Billy Joel (vocals, harmonica, piano, organ, keyboards); Hiram Bullock, Steve Burgh, Steve Khan, Hugh McCracken, David Brown (guitar); Richie Cannatta (fiddle, flute, soprano & tenor saxophones, organ, keyboards); Phil Woods (alto saxophone); Richard Tee (organ); Doug Stegmeyer (bass); Liberty DeVito (drums, percussion); Ralph MacDonald (percussion); Phoebe Snow, Lani Groves, Patti Austin (background vocals). Recorded at A&R Recording, New York, New York. Personnel: Billy Joel (vocals, piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Howie Emerson (guitar); Steve Kahn (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric 12-string guitar); Steve Burgh (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Hugh McCracken (acoustic guitar); Hiram Bullock (electric guitar); Richie Cannata (flute, clarinet, saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, piano, organ, keyboards); Dominic Cortese (accordion); Phil Woods (alto saxophone); Richard Tee (organ); Doug Stegmeyer (bass guitar); Liberty DeVitto (drums); Ralph MacDonald (percussion); Gwen Guthrie, Lani Groves, Patti Austin, Phoebe Snow (background vocals). Audio Mixer: Frank Filipetti. Liner Note Author: David Fricke. Recording information: A&R Studios, New York, NY; Carnegie Hall, New York, NY. Photographers: Art Maillet; Jim Houghton. He's known to many as an inoffensive pop balladeer, but at the arguable peak of his career in the late '70s, Billy Joel released his darkest, most emotionally charged album. THE STRANGER abandons the grandstanding and broad melodic sweep of Joel's earlier records for a more intimate, introspective sound, effectively communicating Joel's ruminations on the perils of life and love. "Movin' Out" is something of an existentialist anthem, chronicling the way people's dreams are often irreparably crushed. The ominous-sounding title tune examines the many guises with which lovers disguise themselves in their attempts to entrap and deceive each other. "Only the Good Die Young" is hedonism at it's most iconoclastic. Even ...
See Also:
Greatest Hits, Vols. 1-2 (1973-1985), Piano Man: The Very Best of Billy Joel, The Stranger, Glass Houses, An Innocent Man
See Influences:
The Beatles, Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops, Paul McCartney, George Gershwin, Frankie Valli, Simon & Garfunkel, Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, The Four Seasons, Bob Dylan, Phil Spector, Frank Sinatra
See Contemporaries:
Dan Fogelberg, Elton John, The Doobie Brothers, Phil Collins, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Todd Rundgren, Chicago, Elvis Costello, Tim Finn, Leon Russell, Fleetwood Mac, Dennis Wilson (Beach Boys), Air Supply, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Leo Sayer, Rod Stewart, Bertie Higgins, James Taylor (Soft Rock), Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs, Steely Dan, Kenny Loggins, Sting, Cat Stevens, Lindsey Buckingham, Carole King, Livingston Taylor, Melissa Manchester, Paul Anka (Singer/Songwriter), Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Jason Robert Brown, Steve Winwood
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
  2. 2 Stranger, The
  3. 3 Just the Way You Are
  4. 4 Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
  5. 5 Vienna
  6. 6 Only the Good Die Young
  7. 7 Always a Woman
  8. 8 Get It Right the First Time
  9. 9 Everybody Has a Dream
Disc 2:
  1. 1 Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway) - (live)
  2. 2 Prelude/Angry Young Man - (live)
  3. 3 New York State of Mind - (live)
  4. 4 Just the Way You Are - (live)
  5. 5 She's Got a Way - (live)
  6. 6 Entertainer, The - (live)
  7. 7 Scenes from an Italian Restaurant - (live)
  8. 8 Band Introductions - (live)
  9. 9 Captain Jack - (live)
  10. 10 I've Loved These Days - (live)
  11. 11 Say Goodbye to Hollywood - (live)
  12. 12 Souvenir - (live)
Rock & Pop
Columbia Legacy Records
Don DeVito; Phil Ramone
Number of Discs:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Mono or Stereo:
SPARS Coding:
106 : 27
Editorial Reviews:
Rolling Stone (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's impressive variety here: contemplative ballads...and impressionistic epics....Joel's melodic genius invites comparisons to Paul McCartney..." Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.113) - Ranked #67 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...The real pleasure here is the specificity of the lyrics in the rock songs located in New York..." Q (Magazine) (p.118) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "After four albums yielded only minor-league status, Billy JOel penned the most durable songs of his career....He was at the top of his game here." Blender (Magazine) (p.93) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "A record where saxophones trump guitars and the piano is nearly the cradle of civilization, THE STRANGER cut against any number of grains in the era just after disco and punk had broken out..."
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