The Stranger [Enhanced] Billy Joel CD £3 at Amazon
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This, Billy Joel's breakthrough album, came years after he first made his mark with the novelty-ish "Piano Man". In the meantime, the New York-based songwriter released two lacklustre and stylistically confused platters that blunted interesting songs with a sound that was neither Elton mellow nor Elton attitude. Produced by Phil Ramone, The Stranger took those who had written Joel off as a one-hit wonder by surprise and it remains a solid introduction to Joel's restless muse at a crucial point in his career. It invited a few comparisons to Bruce Springsteen, with its prominent sax breaks, hard-edged rebel-rockers ("Only The Good Die Young") and slice-of-life dramatics ("Scenes From An Italian Restaurant"), recounting life in a lower middle-class setting; but Joel's chameleonic, formalist approach to pop wasn't to be so easily pigeonholed

1. Movin' Out (ANTHONY'S SONG)
2. The Stranger
3. Just The Way You Are
4. Scenes From An Italian Resturant
5. Vienna
6. Only The Good Die Young
7. She's Always A Woman
8. Get It Right First Time
9. Everybody Has A Dream

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