The Stranger

The Stranger

by Billy JoelBilly Joel

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record - 180 Gram Vinyl)

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Overview

With his first hit, "Piano Man," Billy Joel came across like fellow Long Islander Harry Chapin, an earnest storyteller whose tales were more interesting than his tunes. But subsequent albums proved that Joel was gaining sophistication and subtlety. By the time he released The Stranger, in 1977, Joel had really hit his stride: He was rocking harder, had loads of smart-ass personality, could rhyme "cadillac" with "Hackensack," and, perhaps more important, was willing to do it. Bruce Springsteen had become the Boss by then, and his Born to Run slices of street life were the standard to which everyone else's work was compared. Joel didn't sport a blue collar, but the humorously frustrated characters he created in songs like "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" and "Only the Good Die Young" were more familiar to a mass audience than Bruce's car jockeys and small-time hoods, and the public responded enthusiastically. Joel's sentimental side also struck a chord with listeners, as evidenced by the success of the ballads "Just the Way You Are" and "She's Always a Woman," which stand as two of Joel's finest.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2008
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0886973185810
catalogNumber: 731858
Rank: 1814

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Joel   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Harmonica,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Patti Austin   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gwen Guthrie   Vocals,Background Vocals
Phoebe Snow   Vocals,Background Vocals
Hiram Bullock   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Steve Khan   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,12-string Guitar
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Dominic Cortese   Accordion
Steve Burgh   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Richie Cannata   Organ,Clarinet,Fiddle,Flute,Keyboards,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Wind
Liberty DeVitto   Percussion,Drums
Lani Groves   Vocals,Background Vocals
Hugh McCracken   Acoustic Guitar
Doug Stegmeyer   Bass
Richard Tee   Organ
Phil Woods   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Dave Brown   Guitar
Hugh Macdonald   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Billy Joel   Composer,Producer
Patrick Williams   Orchestration
Jim Boyer   Engineer
Phil Ramone   Producer,Engineer
John Naatjes   Tape Research

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