With the 19.0077 released album The Stranger Billy Joel succeeded the long-awaited breakthrough. Phil Ramone, who worked with Simon & Garfunkel, produced the LP and Joel helped to make his already immaculate arrangements and poignant lyrics real hits. None of his previous hit ballads such as the heart Just The Way You Are, for which he was awarded the 19.0079 Grammy for Song of the Year. The album itself, which is run by Rolling Stone ranked number 67 of the 500 best albums of all times, won a Grammy.
Joel's voice is full of bittersweet longing, exuberance and a commitment to the working class, the Bruce Springsteen could have come. Dynamism he draws rich details in bright colors and makes wistful feelings heard. Little subtle, however, was the text to Only The Good Die Young, in which a boy tries to seduce his Catholic girlfriend. Although this preserves their innocence at the end, the song of many US-American radio stations when it was banned "anti-Catholic" from the program. However, this prohibition made especially for attention, like Joel in 2008 reported: "The minute They banned it, the album started shooting up the charts."
The MFSL Re-Issue 180g appear as double-45er-vinyl LP in gatefold sleeve with consecutive serial number as a Limited Edition. The re-mastering was by war Wunderlich, assisted by Rob Loverde, carried out on the original tapes. The lyrics are not printed in the cover.
1. Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)
2. The Stranger
3. Just the Way You Are
4. Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
6. Only the Good Die Young
7. She’s Always a Woman
8. Get It Right the First Time
9. Everybody Has a Dream/The Stranger (Reprise)