Poll: 'The Stranger' (1977) album by Billy Joel in your collection?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by AdamCalifornia, Mar 8, 2018.

  1. AdamCalifornia

    AdamCalifornia Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Excuse me, do you own the album?
    Do you dig the album?


    How many copies/pressings of the album do you have now?
    How many copies/pressings of the album have you owned over the years:
    records, cassettes, cds, digital files/downloads, ...?

    Do you have 'The Stranger' [30th Anniversary Legacy Edition] album, see here?

    (From here.)
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2018
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  2. BluesOvertookMe

    BluesOvertookMe Forum Resident

    Seabrook, TX, USA
    Glass Houses is the only Billy Joel album i currently own. But I do admit Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) is a strong one.
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  3. vamborules

    vamborules Forum Resident

    I had it way back when but I don't own a copy now. Still do like pretty much all of those songs though.
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  4. krisjay

    krisjay Psychedelic Wanderer

    I have 3 or 4 copies of the Stranger, along with many other albums, but not the whole discography.
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  5. Mike6565

    Mike6565 Senior Member

    Long island, ny
    I'm missing River of Dreams and the Live album...
  6. HfxBob

    HfxBob Forum Resident

    I had it on vinyl back in the day. Very good album. Now what I have of Billy's is a double CD compilation.
  7. tmwlng

    tmwlng Forum Resident

    Have all his studio albums... 1st gen CD's mostly, a handful of them made in Japan. Have also owned the remasters at one point. Will attend my first ever - and probably only - live show of his in the summer. Can't wait! Never thought I'd see the day.
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  8. Harmonator

    Harmonator Forum Resident

    Glasgow, Scotland
    Great album that’s full of hits. Vienna is the pick of the bunch for me though :agree:
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  9. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Everything except the Russian one.

    The Stranger is essential. Isn't Italian Restaurant just too much fun?
  10. Mike Reynolds

    Mike Reynolds Forum Resident

    I've never owned any Billy Joel albums (or cassettes or cds), but I do have what I think are all his essential songs in my iTunes liberry.

    So I don't know if "All essential music by Billy Joel" is intended to mean only possessing all his essential albums (in any physical form), or if that can also mean "All essential music by Billy Joel" as downloads from iTunes (or any other means such as a dvd), but that's how I voted.
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  11. Pretty.Odd.

    Pretty.Odd. Forum Resident

    New York, New York
    I like the album a lot, despite not being a big Billy Joel fan. Speaking of this album...

    This is FANTASTIC cover of Movin' Out (Anthony's Song). I actually like it better than the original..

  12. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Forum Resident

    No Stranger, but I still have Greatest Hits – Volume I & Volume II on cassette. :)
  13. Scope J

    Scope J Forum Resident

    No music by Billy Joel at all
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  14. Blue Cactus

    Blue Cactus Forum Resident


    Original Sony SACD.
  15. Zoot Marimba

    Zoot Marimba And I’m The Critic Of The Group

    I don’t own a physical copy of this album, but I do have a Greatest Hits somewhere. However, I do dig this record other than Only the Good Die Young.
  16. OptimisticGoat

    OptimisticGoat Taking the Great Leap Forward

    I have his later period albums (Innocent Man on). Greatest Hits 1 and 2 is an absolute classic IMHO even though it’s a compilation. I have The Stranger in 30th Anniversary form on CD and the MFSL SACD is presently on its way to me. It’s his best album absolutely. Have seen him live twice in the late 8os early 90s. Great shows.
  17. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    i have and enjoy the 5.1 of the stranger and 52nd street, the 4.0 streetlife serenader. the cd songs in the attic. the vinyl of innocent man. and the recent bluray concert.
    i very much hope that glass houses, the nylon curtain and piano man get a 5.1 or 4.0 remix so i can again have them in my collection.
    classic m.o.r built around good songs.
  18. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA
    Stranger is the last one I have. 52nd St had two songs that I liked and too many songs that were too radio friendly.

    Being a mutant, I'm a fan of Get it Right the First Time. also the great Title track, whistle and all.
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  19. yarbles

    yarbles Too sick to pray

    Hell no.

    No music by Billy Joel at all.
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  20. rcb30

    rcb30 Fender Rhodesian

    Richmond, VA
    As a white suburban kid who sang and took piano lessons in the late '70s, it was formative.

    My first version was 8-track, and I still hear the sax fade out, <click>, and fade back in during "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant." It was a long time before I heard it uninterrupted.
  21. Crowes72

    Crowes72 Forum Resident

    Kalamazoo MI
    I have the Mofi releases of The Stranger, Piano Man, and Glass Houses. All sound really great.
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  22. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    i wonder why anyone bothers to reply in a derisive manner
  23. Champagne Boot

    Champagne Boot Jeff Foxworthy in a serious role

    Never owned a Billy Joel record, pretty indifferent about changing that.
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  24. There should be a 'half a dozen tracks on your iPod cherry picked from his greatest hits album' option between the last two options just for me. ;)
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  25. BDC

    BDC Forum Resident

    I own no Billy Joel but I don't hate him...Growing up I generally listened to artists who were on the FM dial and played rock. Billy Joel was on the AM dial in those days and played pop. Nowadays AM/FM distinguishes more between music and talk....
    I may need to get a greatest hits...
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