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The Stranger (30th anniversary deluxe edition)

The Stranger (30th anniversary deluxe edition) by Billy Joel
Released: Jan 1977
Label: Columbia/Legacy
This blockbuster housed the piano-rocking "Only the Good Die Young" (just try to resist this hand-clapper), the awesome "Movin' Out" and the fine ballads "She's Always a Woman" and "Just the Way You Are." Like these songs, "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" shows that Joel's undeniable pop gifts and his sweet side are matched by a thorny, sometimes grim, view of the working class and more than a touch of Broadway theatricality. The bonus concert disc on this remastered set proves that Joel cut this live in the studio -- he and his band completely rock the house.
Nick Dedina

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