Billy Joel ‎– The Stranger

Columbia ‎– JC 34987, Family Productions ‎– JC 34987, Columbia ‎– 34987, Family Productions ‎– 34987
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) 3:30
A2 The Stranger
Percussion – Ralph MacDonald
A3 Just The Way You Are
Acoustic Guitar – Hugh McCracken, Steve BurghAlto Saxophone – Phil WoodsPercussion – Ralph MacDonald
A4 Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
Accordion – Dominic CorteseAcoustic Guitar – Hugh McCrackenElectric Guitar – Steve Burgh
B1 Vienna
Accordion – Dominic Cortese
B2 Only The Good Die Young 3:54
B3 She's Always A Woman
Acoustic Guitar – Hugh McCracken, Steve Burgh
B4 Get It Right The First Time
Acoustic Guitar – Hugh McCrackenPercussion – Ralph MacDonald
B5 Everybody Has A Dream
Acoustic Guitar – Hugh McCrackenBacking Vocals – Gwen Guthrie, Lani Groves, Patti Austin, Phoebe SnowOrgan – Richard TeePercussion – Ralph MacDonald
B6 Untitled 1:57

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Columbia, Santa Maria pressing.

Recorded and Mixed at A&R Recording, Inc. New York, N.Y.

B6 is unlisted on cover and jacket - it is titled "The Stranger (Reprise)" on reissues, but is present on this pressing.

Ralph MacDonald appears courtesy of Marlin Records.
Patti Austin appears courtesy of CTI Records.
Richard Tee appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
Phil Woods appears courtesy of Gryphon Productions, Inc.

© 1977 CBS Inc. / ℗ 1977 CBS Inc.
All songs © 1977 Joelsongs (BMI) except "Everybody Has A Dream" © 1971 by Higher Music and Ripparthur Music. All rights administered by April Music Inc. (ASCAP).

Logo on back cover: 100 years of recorded sound 1877-1977

Catalogue numbers:
JC 34987 - Spine & Labels
34987 - Back cover & Inner poster.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A Side label): AL 34987
  • Matrix / Runout (B Side label): BL 34987
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched [Variant 1]): AL 34987 3BB A12 TJ S2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched [Variant 1]): BL 34987 4CA A8 TJ S
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, Etched [Variant 2]): AL 34987 3BB A12 TJ S2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched [Variant 2]): BL 34987 4CA A8 TJ S
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout both sides, stamped, all versions): o STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, Etched [Variant 3]): AL 34987 3AJ TJ
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, Etched [Variant 3]): BL 34987 4BF TJ
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A, Etched [Variant 4]): AL 34987 3AB J6 IT
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B, Etched [Variant 4]): BL-34987-4F SX TJ S
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CBS 82311, JC 34987 Billy Joel The Stranger(LP, Album) CBS, CBS CBS 82311, JC 34987 UK 1977 Sell This Version
JC 34987 Billy Joel The Stranger(LP, Album) Columbia, Family Productions JC 34987 US 1977 Sell This Version
PC 7057 Billy Joel The Stranger(Cass, Album, Dol) CBS, Family Productions PC 7057 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
CSCS 6016 Billy Joel The Stranger(CD, Album, RE) CBS/Sony CSCS 6016 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
ASF 2029 Billy Joel The Stranger(LP, Album) Columbia ASF 2029 South Africa 1977 Sell This Version


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January 5, 2018
This is one of the best albums of that era. Billy Joel captures "real life" in this record at a time when a lot of music was very superficial. Just a great all-aroud listen to lyrically and arrangement of music.


October 10, 2017
edited 3 months ago
My copy has slight runout etching variations:
Side 1 - AL-34987-3A
Side 2 - BL-34987-4F


March 13, 2014
I had this album and then sold it on a whim. Now I regret it, I loved that album. :/


June 18, 2012
This album is a monster! The songwriting is in a class far above all mainstream rock / pop of the era. The arrangements are incredible and the musicianship is stellar. Growing up in NYC in the 70's means this album has a powerful, fond memory inducing factor. While a worldwide hit it really hits home if you can relate to the vivid imagery Joel conjures. Billy would have heaps of success but he never came as close to the sublime perfection that is The Stranger.