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Artist: Stranger

Title: Stranger

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Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1982

Label: Sony Music

Catalog Number: A 23481/MRC 10030


Greg Billings lead vocals
Ronnie Garvin guitar, backing vocals
Tom Cardenas bass
John Price drums
Jai Winding organ
Tom Kelly backing vocals
Richard Page backing vocals


1.  Jackie's So Bad  2:48
2.  Nobody's Fool  2:59
3.  Ready To Fight  2:38
4.  My Kind Of Woman  3:18
5.  Shake Down  3:09
6.  Rock & Roll You Baby  3:21
7.  Swamp Woman  2:33
8.  Dirty & Mean  2:57
9.  Comin' Get To You  2:42
10.  Get On Up  2:14
Total Running Time:  28:39

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From: P.C. Date: June 5, 2003 at 18:21
More better than this band is German band STRANGER . Fantastic Thrash metal cd THE BELL . This one rockkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkks .

From: Rene Date: August 25, 2003 at 15:04
I love the german band STRANGER, also their second album, but its more Melodic hard rock. The first STRANGER album is pure SPEED METAL, YESSSSSS

From: Date: January 9, 2004 at 6:19
Where can I find the CD of german STRANGER - The Bell! Does anyone sell? Please contact : mike-boerwang@t-online.de

From: Noah Date: May 15, 2004 at 16:27
First off they are NOT GERMAN. They are a locla rock band from central and south florida. I dj`d and bounced in a bar named the crown lounge, way back in 82 and 83, they were the local favorites. Get your facts straight.

From: aorjocke Date: May 15, 2004 at 18:01
Good melodicrock, like Axe but with less keyboards.Straight forward rock with nice lead and harmony vocals."Jackie's So Bad" and "My Kind Of Woman" is for me the best songs, most AORish....

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From: Dan Date: May 15, 2004 at 21:15
What P.C. and Rene are referring to is that there is also a German band named "Stranger." They released a CD named "Pretty Angels"; quite a rare CD. I have a CDR of it, but have been looking for an original for years...

From: detective Date: July 19, 2004 at 21:25
I totally dug this when I was about 14. Had to track it down and get it on CD. Not long on substance or thump, but the riffs and lead guitar playing are excellent. Heard the guitar player killed himself, though. The two afore-mentioned "AORish" songs by the way are atrocious (sorry).

From: Geoff Date: September 20, 2004 at 0:03
I don't really rate this one too high. It has it's moments, but pretty average at best. Got a couple of highlights...

From: BOLIN44 Date: February 28, 2005 at 3:21
As I mentioned in the "No Rules" CD review, these guys are exceptional! All their music is a must own. However, as much as I love this group, start with "Angry Dogs" (which isn't shown at this site as of Mar. 2005) then if you like that, work your way to the others leading to this one last. Don't get me wrong, I like this alot. But for someone getting into the band, I recommend following my advice. Why...well the main reason, the music is a tad dated sounding since it came out in 1982.

From: BOLIN44 Date: February 28, 2005 at 3:29
(Continued from above) "No Rules" "No More Dirty Deals" & "Angry Dogs" have a GREAT and much needed production boost. Had this 1982 release been produced like the later Stranger stuff, I would say get it quick. By the way, Stranger also have a LIVE CD called "We Be Live" and a sort of "Best Of" released in JAPAN ONLY called "Hit & Run". The so called best of features songs off of "No Rules" & "No More Dirty Deals" only. They also have a new "Best Of" with some unreleased tracks! Issued by the

From: BOLIN44 Date: February 28, 2005 at 3:40
(Continued from above) Bass player Tom Cardenas, who owns ALL the original recordings! He claims that he can only afford this release as of now. No plans yet to reissue any of the past catalog, a shame really. The NEW CD is called "Set The Night On Fire". It features: has 7 tracks from "No Rules", 6 tracks from "No More Dirty Deals", 2 tracks from the (VERY RARE) 4 Song EP issued on cassette only!, and 4 never before released Stranger songs! Shit, how's that for Stranger Fans!! OWN'EM ALL

From: BOLIN44 Date: March 2, 2005 at 23:43
(Continued from above) CORRECTION NOTICE!! I said above that the Bass player Tom Cardenas released and owns the Stranger recording catalog. This is wrong, It's the Drummer John Price. Sorry

From: 20gunsalute Date: December 1, 2009 at 21:42
You people are crazy. This is a great early 80's hard rock album that beats the hell out of most of the watered down wimp rock that you people seem to praise so highly. All of these songs are good, sing-a-long hard rock songs, and many of the albums to follow are also good

From: julypm Date: January 21, 2010 at 20:02
I see people on here that learned about Stranger "way after the fact" as one person put it. I graduated college in 1987 from Central Florida when these guys were at the top of their game in that area. I must have seen them at least 50 times in both Orlando and Daytona. Every show was a huge party. They talked to the audience and were very friendly. In fact, they almost made you feel like you were part of the band. I actually saw them when they were called Romeo. They had a contest to write in a new name for the band to our local heavy station WDIZ and Stranger was the name they chose. These guys were awesome and most weekends I went to whatever bar they were playing. It is a crime for sure that these guys never reached the stardom they truly deserved. And, I guess partly as a result is why guitarist Ronnie Garvin comitted suicide, I believe in 1996 or 1997. If you want to get a real feel for "Stranger The Phenomenon", buy We Be Live. If your not impressed, you not worthy of Rock n Roll

From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 18, 2011 at 18:56
Simply a blast!!!...Hard Rock played with guts and passion indeed...Greg Billings' way of singing gave the songs the power needed to be highlights by all means IMO..."Jackie's So Bad"(the band's first radio hit single),"Nobody's Fool","Ready To Fight"(rocks good!),"My Kind Of Woman"(the AOR track of the album,a nice one btw),"Shake Down" & "Comin' Get To You" are my faves...recommended...90/100

From: MrMetal Date: October 22, 2014 at 13:23
STRANGER were formed out of Tampa, Florida in 1981 & were originally named LYNX & then ROMEO before settling on STRANGER. They received little record company support, promotion, or publicity. They toured the Southeast & became the biggest drawing circuit club act ever. They opened shows for QUIET RIOT, ALDO NOVA, TRIUMPH, UFO, SKID ROW, EDDIE MONEY, & others with TESLA even covering one of their songs ("Jackie's So Bad"), as well as KING'S X being fans. They gained a fanatical following throughout Florida with bassist Tom Cardenas even playing a "gator bass" that was designed in honor of the University of Florida Gator football team. They declined an offer with Atlantic Records at the end of the decade in order to not make the same mistakes twice (with CBS/Epic), & managed to release a series of self-distributed albums on their own which was a feat in itself prior to the Internet. Their last studio release was in 1996 when guitarist Ronnie Garvin would sadly commit suicide.

From: hair metal again Date: September 16, 2016 at 2:18
fantastic debut for STRANGER and to me this is a milestone in the history of hard rock music!i d say that this is similar to Y&T s Earthshaker in terms of quality and how a hard rock album should been structured!back in 82 not many bands had that edge and under Tom Werman s guidance the band achieved perfection!the guitar work is outstanding,the rockers are excellent and the mid tempo s pretty good!overall STRANGER seemed flawless and it s really strange how they never hit the spot in sales and recognition!a gem all the way for sure

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