The Stranger [30th Anniversary Legacy Edition Bonus DVD]

The Stranger [30th Anniversary Legacy Edition Bonus DVD]

by Billy JoelBilly Joel

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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.]

Product Details

Release Date: 07/08/2008
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0886973080122
catalogNumber: 730801
Rank: 80557


Disc 1

  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. Always a Woman
  8. Get It Right the First Time
  9. Everybody Has a Dream

Disc 2

  1. Miami 2017
  2. Angry Young Man
  3. New York State of Mind
  4. Just the Way You Are
  5. She's Got a Way
  6. The Entertainer
  7. Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
  8. Band Intros
  9. Captain Jack
  10. I've Loved These Days
  11. Say Goodbye to Hollywood
  12. Souvenir

Disc 3

  1. The Stranger
  2. Just the Way You Are
  3. Intro
  4. Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go out on Broadway)
  5. Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
  6. New York State of Mind
  7. The Entertainer
  8. She's Always a Woman
  9. Root Beer Rag
  10. Just the Way You Are
  11. Only the Good Die Young
  12. Souvenir
  13. Ain't No Crime
  14. [Bonus Material]

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 H. Jackson   Producer,Interviewer
Billy Joel   Composer
Patrick Williams   Orchestration
Andy Abrams   Engineer
Jim Boyer   Engineer
Don DeVito   Producer,Audio Production
Frank Owens   Orchestra Director
Phil Ramone   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Brian Ruggles   Engineer
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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