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The Stranger, 30th Anniversary Edition

Billy Joel’s “The Stranger” is one of the best albums to come out over the past three decades. Joel had singles that did decent with airplay and he did decent with sales too, but he was almost dropped from the label before getting to release his 5th album. Luckily for Joel and Columbia that didn’t happen. “The Stranger” came out and did amazing for both parties, scoring four hit singles and spending a lot of time on the charts. Again, it’s one of the best albums to come out over the past three decades, “Vienna”, “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant”, “Movin’ Out”, “Just the Way You Are”, and “Only the Good Die Young” are all brilliant songs, and generally just the entire album is a near perfect release. Columbia/Legacy recently paid a big honor to the album with this 30th Anniversary Edition release which is a must own for any fan of Joel’s. It’s got the original album, a live at Carnegie Hall concert that’s previously unreleased that was recorded right before the album was recorded and a DVD of a live performance that Joel did on “The Old Grey Whistle Test” from BBC that was recorded in March of ’78. The entire collection is brilliant. The live CD is mastered perfectly- Joel and his band always did band recording in the studio though, so it’s no surprise that the live CD sounds like a Joel album but with quirky intros and fan sounds. It’s great. The DVD features the performance on BBC, which was a good performance because of the band’s general tightness, but also because it was probably one of the band’s best TV performances up to that point. The DVD also features a 30 minute documentary with interviews with Billy Joel and producer Phil Ramone. Also included, are promo videos of “The Stranger” and “Just the Way You Are”, overall this is a great collector’s set from Legacy that should be picked up by Billy Joel fans and music fans alike. The photo booklet and the liner notes are the perfect additions to the box set that add just the right amount of detail to an artist that focused so heavily on details. There’s one box set you’ll have to own this year; this is it.


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