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The song closes the album out with a reprise of the whistled theme from "The Stranger. The Stranger spent 17 weeks in varying positions within Billboard chart's top 10 albums, first entering the bottom position on January 21, around four months after its initial release.
A month later, on February 18, the album reached its peak position at number 2 on the chart — only kept from the top spot by the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever — and remained there for six more weeks. The second single from the album, "Just The Way You Are," peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot chart,  having received a boost in popularity following Joel's performance of the song on an episode of Saturday Night Live.
While "Movin' Out Anthony's Song " was the first single released for the album, radio stations put little attention towards it, instead expressing interest in "Just the Way You Are"; thus, the latter song was released just six weeks following the debut of "Movin' Out", after which it achieved far larger success.
The single for "Movin' Out" was later rereleased, after which it achieved higher success and ultimately became a hit. The controversy helped raise the song's popularity, particularly among rebellious youth according to Joel, and the single thus fared much better as a result, ultimately peaking at number 24 in the US singles chart.
The Stranger was well-received by critics, particularly in retrospect, with many considering it to display some of Joel's best written material. The Rolling Stone considered The Stranger to be an improvement from Joel's previous studio efforts, praising Ramone's production and the variety of different song types.
As his breakthrough album, The Stranger kicked off a long string of successful albums, which he would release until 's River of Dreams. Ramone would also continue to act as Joel's producer for a number of years, working with him on every one of his albums up through 's The Bridge.
The play ran successfully on Broadway for three years, holding its final performance on December 15, after a total of 1, performances. Many of the songs from the album went on to become staples in Joel's repertoire. Though never released as a single, "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" is a staple of his set of live shows, named by Rolling Stone ' s Rob Sheffield as his equivalent to Bruce Springsteen 's " Jungleland ".
Joel has cited "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" and "Vienna" as his favorite and 5th-favorite songs that he's written, respectively. The limited deluxe edition of The Stranger includes a CD of the original album in its entirety remastered by producer Phil Ramone , and a second CD of a previously unreleased concert featuring Billy and his band, Live at Carnegie Hall , recorded at the historic Manhattan venue on June 3, , one month before the sessions for The Stranger album.
Also included in this box set is a facsimile poster from the Carnegie Hall concert, and a facsimile notebook that contains copies of rough draft lyrics for many of the songs that appeared on The Stranger. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Billy Joel. Rock pop. The song contains lyrics inspired by Elizabeth Weber, Joel's wife at the time. Billy Joel — vocals, acoustic piano, keyboards, synthesizers, Fender Rhodes Richie Cannata — organ, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet, flute, tuba Dominic Cortese — accordion 4, 5 Richard Tee — organ 9 Hiram Bullock — electric guitar Steve Khan — six and twelve string electric guitars, acoustic rhythm guitar, high string guitar Hugh McCracken — acoustic guitar 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 Steve Burgh — acoustic guitar 3, 7 , electric guitar 4 Doug Stegmeyer — bass guitar Liberty DeVitto — drums Ralph MacDonald — percussion 2, 3, 8, 9 Phil Woods — alto saxophone 3 Patrick Williams — orchestration Patti Austin — backing vocals 9 Lani Groves — backing vocals 9 Gwen Guthrie — backing vocals 9 Phoebe Snow — backing vocals 9 Production [ edit ] Phil Ramone — producer, engineer Jim Boyer — engineer Ted Jensen — mastering at Sterling Sound New York.
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This French release is unique in that it has a completely different centre with French sleeve notes and pictures of earlier CBS France Dylan releases. It uses the US mix on Sides 1 and 4, but has unique mixes on Side 2 and 3. Roger Ford thinks these are later mixes than the US mix, while the Canadian mixes are earlier.
The test pressing from Arie de Reus is unusual in that the reverse of the first record is actually Side 3 Side 1 of the second commercial LP , whereas the second record has Side 2 as its first side Side 2 of the first commercial LP and Side 4 as its reverse Side 2 of the second commercial record.
This test pressing is dated 9 Sep Thanks to Chris Hirte for the scans. Stereo Releases. According to Roger Ford the different stereo mixes of this album are as follows:. R US revised stereo mix introduced in but probably done after the album's first release in R Original CD mixes worldwide abridged 1, abridged 2 and full-length by Tim Geelan for differences in track lengths in the versions, see.
R SA-CD 5. It was also used on the first releases of the album in Japan see below. R US revised stereo mix, tracks not listed separately except:. Thanks to Larry Crum for pointing out that this mix also appeared on the UK vinyl and cassette releases in A previous note that there was a CD release with this mix was not correct.
This was said to apply only to the first pressing of SONP only - later pressings were the same as the US album. The matrix number in the centre of the album has "01" at the end.
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