Billy JoelThe Stranger

Label:Columbia – JC 34987, Family Productions – JC 34987, Columbia – 34987, Family Productions – 34987
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Santa Maria Pressing
Style:Pop Rock


A1Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)3:30
A2The Stranger
PercussionRalph MacDonald
A3Just The Way You Are
Acoustic GuitarHugh McCracken, Steve Burgh
Alto SaxophonePhil Woods
PercussionRalph MacDonald
A4Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
AccordionDominic Cortese
Acoustic GuitarHugh McCracken
Electric GuitarSteve Burgh
AccordionDominic Cortese
B2Only The Good Die Young3:54
B3She's Always A Woman
Acoustic GuitarHugh McCracken, Steve Burgh
B4Get It Right The First Time
Acoustic GuitarHugh McCracken
PercussionRalph MacDonald
B5Everybody Has A Dream
Acoustic GuitarHugh McCracken
OrganRichard Tee
PercussionRalph MacDonald

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Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria pressing denoted by "S" etches in runouts.
Issued with custom photo / lyric / credit inner sleeve. No barcode.

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

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

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).

Catalog numbers:
JC 34987 - spine & labels
34987 - back cover & inner sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society (A1 to B4): BMI
  • Rights Society (B5): ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Label A): AL 34987
  • Matrix / Runout (Label B): BL 34987
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 1): AL 34987 3BB o A12 STERLING TJ S2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 1): BL 34987 4CA o A8 STERLING TJ S
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 2): AL 34987 3BB o A12 STERLING TJ S2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 2): BL 34987 4CA o A8 STERLING TJ S
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 3): AL 349887 3BG C9 STERLING TJ S1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 3): BL 34987 4CB C4 STERLING TJ S1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 4): AL-34987-3C o B12 STERLING 2S
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 4): BL-34987-4F o SX C21 STERLING TJ 1S
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 5): AL 34987 3F o A12 STERLING TJ S
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 5): BL 34987 4C o A6 STERLING TJ 1S

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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The Stranger (LP, Album)CBSSBP 237057New Zealand1977
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The Stranger (LP, Album, Stereo)CBS, CBS, CBS, CBSCBS 82311, 82311, S CBS 82311, JC 34987UK1977
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The Stranger (LP, Album)CBS/Sony25AP 843Malaysia1977
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The Stranger (8-Track Cartridge, Album)Columbia, Family Productions, Columbia, Family ProductionsJCA 34987, 34987US1977
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The Stranger (LP, Album, Promo)ColumbiaJC 34987US1977



  • Louis2203's avatar
    A great album for the price. Sounds great as well.
    • ArmandGr's avatar
      Very good albom
      The pressing veru good
      Very good recording
      • HighwireDays's avatar
        What’s the story behind the person who dropped $250 on this thrift store staple? Was it autographed or something?
        • zafispan's avatar
          Bought it in a flea market for 1 Euro, VG+ both sleeve and media, OIS included.The quality of the sound and the music is outstanding! The record literally roars on my turntable every time I put it on. You don't have to give a small fortune to buy a top album.
          • BrendanCavin's avatar
            Edited 3 years ago
            Incredible album. And while I don't have any other pressing to compare with, this has really high quality sound, especially for a dollar-bin record.
            • jwhiteker's avatar
              Picked up my copy for $3 at a record show. Sonically, it's one of the highest quality records I have now. Top notch mastering, great pressing. Great to listen to on vinyl. Would've loved to have been in the studio. Can't believe what the engineers and musicians were able to pull off with analog gear back then.
              • museflow's avatar
                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.
                • tftdguru's avatar
                  Edited 6 years ago
                  My copy has slight runout etching variations:
                  Side 1 - AL-34987-3A
                  Side 2 - BL-34987-4F
                  • cartercaramel's avatar
                    I had this album and then sold it on a whim. Now I regret it, I loved that album. :/
                    • soundandlight's avatar
                      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.


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