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Stranger in Town Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Seger eclipsed the breakthrough success of Night Moves with this #4 LP in '78, one of the definitive rock 'n' roll records of its era. Old Time Rock & Roll (a hit in '79 and again in '83, thanks to Risky Business ) joins three other Seger essentials: the big hits Still the Same; Hollywood Nights , and We've Got Tonight !
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If people compared Seger to Springsteen, "Stranger In Town" likened Seger to the Eagles. The music on this CD was maybe not as 'country rock' as the latter was better known for, but it's certainly similar in style and in mood - qualities that saw Seger guest appear with the Eagles on tour in the 70s. In other words, "Stranger In Town" typifies the musical genre known as 'middle of the road'.
Quite remarkably for a studio album - and I don't normally say this except for a 'greatest hits' collection - there aren't any substandard tracks on this CD. It's a rather short album, but the nine songs featured have stood well against the test of time - and are all bona-fide 'classics' on your favourite 'easy listening' radio station.
'Hollywood Nights' kicks off the CD - a track taken from the same musical mould that produced The Eagles' 'Life In The Fast Lane' - a tale of living the high life in 70s California. Other upbeat radio-friendly rock tracks follow with (the classic) 'Old Time Rock And Roll', 'Feels Like A Number' (another Eagles-like song) and 'Ain't Got No Money'.
But it's the ballads that really make this album. 'Still The Same', 'Till It Shines' and 'Brave Strangers' were all destined to elevate Bob Seger into the mainstream. However, there's two tracks that should've elevated Seger into superstardom.Read more ›
If you enjoy great soulful rock music you'll love anything from this man - once heard never ever forgotten.
None of the other Seger albums reach this one. It's simply one of the finest albums of it's genre around. Still sounds great after all these years.
There is no real stand out track, they're all excellent. My particular favourites are Brave Strangers and Hollywood Nights. Stick it on in the car and dream about a long freeway...
The album kicks off with the uptempo 'Hollywood Nights' and is a full blown start to proceedings. Some nice lyrical phrasing too. A measly number 42 this made in the singles charts over here in the punk-obsessed late 70s. Next up is a true gem which scaled the heights of number 4 in the US charts but didn't figure here at all. 'Still the same' is a marvellous ballad with verses that take that steady climax towards a soaring chorus with a great arrangement on the backing vocals. 'Old time rock n'roll' is one of only two non-originals on the album and is well suited to Bobs vocal style. Next comes ' Till it shines' which features the guitar of Glenn Frey from the Eagles and it's another mid-tempo type song with a classic chorus. This is followed by 'Feel like a number', a similar style track to 'Hollywood Nights' and then a cover of Frankie Miller's 'Ain't got no money' with slide guitar from Don 'Sharkey' Felder (again from the Eagles). The albums seminal moment is the aforementioned 'We've got Tonite'. Listening to this track in its remastered splendour with the 'phones turned up you can really appreciate the subtle arrangement with the gentle entry of the high hat followed by the full drums and then those gorgeous harmonies that echo Bobs moving lead vocal. It's a track that tugs at your emotions and features a soaring bridge section, again with backing echoes.Read more ›
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Stranger in Town is the tenth studio album by American rock singer Bob Seger and his second with the Silver Bullet Band, released by Capitol Records in May 1978Published 5 days ago by John L
An all time classic of it,s genre i,ve been meaning to get this one one for years and at last l have got it, Mr Seger became huge on the back of this album and rightly so fabulous. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert Clive Little
i still own vinyl versions of 'Stranger in Town' and 'Against the Wind' lps by this great 70's band. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Roger S.