The Stranger [30th Anniversary Legacy Edition Bonus DVD]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Billy Joel teamed with Phil Ramone, a famed engineer who had just scored his first producing hits with Art Garfunkel's Breakaway and Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years for The Stranger, his follow-up to Turnstiles. Joel still favored big, sweeping melodies, but Ramone convinced him to streamline his arrangements and clean up the production. The results aren't necessarily revelatory, since he covered so much ground on Turnstiles, but the commercialism of The Stranger is a bit of a surprise. None of his ballads have been as sweet or slick as "Just the Way You Are"; he never had created a rocker as bouncy or infectious as "Only the Good Die Young"; and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Billy Joel teamed with Phil Ramone, a famed engineer who had just scored his first producing hits with Art Garfunkel's Breakaway and Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years for The Stranger, his follow-up to Turnstiles. Joel still favored big, sweeping melodies, but Ramone convinced him to streamline his arrangements and clean up the production. The results aren't necessarily revelatory, since he covered so much ground on Turnstiles, but the commercialism of The Stranger is a bit of a surprise. None of his ballads have been as sweet or slick as "Just the Way You Are"; he never had created a rocker as bouncy or infectious as "Only the Good Die Young"; and the glossy production of "She's Always a Woman" disguises its latent misogynist streak. Joel balanced such radio-ready material with a series of New York vignettes, seemingly inspired by Springsteen's working-class fables and clearly intended to be the artistic centerpieces of the album. 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. Joel rarely wrote a set of songs better than those on The Stranger, nor did he often deliver an album as consistently listenable. [Sony Legacy issued a 30th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set edition in 2008.]
Rolling Stone - Jody Rosen
This 30th-anniversary reissue includes a bonus DVD featuring two live promotional videos from The Stranger, as well as Joel's 1978 appearance on the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test, which only aired once on the U.K.'s BBC2. But the real gem is the bonus live CD of a Carnegie Hall performance from 1977.
Billboard - Gary Graff
Thirty years on, it's still a great record, and even better in this boxed anniversary incarnation. Like all career-defining works, The Stranger is a cohesive, loosely thematic piece whose individual highlights still stand out.

Thirty years on, it's still a great record, and even better in this boxed anniversary incarnation. Like all career-defining works, The Stranger is a cohesive, loosely thematic piece whose individual highlights still stand out.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/2008
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886973080122
  • Catalog Number: 730801
  • Sales rank: 113,382

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) (3:30)
  2. 2 The Stranger (5:10)
  3. 3 Just the Way You Are (4:50)
  4. 4 Scenes from an Italian Restaurant (7:36)
  5. 5 Vienna (3:34)
  6. 6 Only the Good Die Young (3:55)
  7. 7 Always a Woman (3:21)
  8. 8 Get It Right the First Time (3:56)
  9. 9 Everybody Has a Dream (6:38)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Miami 2017 (5:11)
  2. 2 Angry Young Man (6:04)
  3. 3 New York State of Mind (8:19)
  4. 4 Just the Way You Are (4:56)
  5. 5 She's Got a Way (3:31)
  6. 6 The Entertainer (6:09)
  7. 7 Scenes from an Italian Restaurant (7:35)
  8. 8 Band Intros (2:01)
  9. 9 Captain Jack (6:51)
  10. 10 I've Loved These Days (4:28)
  11. 11 Say Goodbye to Hollywood (6:45)
  12. 12 Souvenir (2:09)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Stranger
  2. 2 Just the Way You Are
  3. 3 Intro
  4. 4 Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go out on Broadway)
  5. 5 Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
  6. 6 New York State of Mind
  7. 7 The Entertainer
  8. 8 She's Always a Woman
  9. 9 Root Beer Rag
  10. 10 Just the Way You Are
  11. 11 Only the Good Die Young
  12. 12 Souvenir
  13. 13 Ain't No Crime
  14. 14 [Bonus Material]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Joel Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Patti Austin Background Vocals
Gwen Guthrie Background Vocals
Phoebe Snow Background Vocals
Hiram Bullock Electric Guitar
Steve Khan Electric Guitar, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Steve Kahn Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Hi String, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Dominic Cortese Accordion
Steve Burgh Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Richie Cannata Organ, Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Liberty DeVitto Drums
Howie Emerson Guitar
Lani Groves Background Vocals
Hugh McCracken Acoustic Guitar
Frank Owens Conductor
Doug Stegmeyer Bass, Bass Guitar
Richard Tee Organ
Phil Woods Alto Saxophone
Joe Malin Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
John Jackson Producer, Interviewer
Billy Joel Composer
Patrick Williams Orchestration
Andy Abrams Engineer
Jim Boyer Engineer
Don DeVito Producer, Audio Production
Ted Jensen Mastering, Remastering
Frank Owens Orchestra Director
Phil Ramone Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Brian Ruggles Engineer
Mark Wilder Mastering, Remastering
Michael Appleton Producer
David Fricke Liner Notes, Interviewer
Jay Krugman Engineer
Edward O'Dowd Art Direction
Tom Corcoran Director
Jeff Robbins Memorabilia
Richard J. Alcock Producer
Wyatt Smith Director, Producer
Robert Prisament Memorabilia
Paul Fiero Memorabilia
Bob Harris Contributor
Carl Woodin Memorabilia
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Much like the Born To Run deluxe reissue, this collection is packed full of goodies. The remastered album sounds fantastic and only helps to futher solidify it's reputation as one the 70's finest records. But the real treasures are the Carnegie Hall show and the Old Grey Whistle Test show. The band is in top form on the Carnegie show and there's a tremendous of joy/neverousness coming from Joel, hitting home the fact that he's playing a musical Mecca of sorts. It's very charming and sounds amazing. The OGWT show is outstanding as well. The sound isn't what we're used to hearing these days, but it stills rocks. And the band is all over it. This is a wonderful package for any fan of The Stranger and Sony has outdone themselves once again.

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