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Stranger - 1982 Stranger




ARTIST: Stranger
ALBUM: Stranger
LABEL: Epic
SERIAL: ARE 37940
YEAR: 1982

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Greg Billings - vocals * Ronnie Garvin - guitars * Tom Cardenas - bass * John Price - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Jackie's So Bad * 02 Nobody's Fool * 03 Ready To Fight * 04 My Kind Of Woman * 05 Shake Down * 06 Rock And Roll You Baby * 07 Swamp Woman * 08 Dirty And Mean * 09 Comin' To Get You * 10 Get On Up


Background
From the tropical climes of Florida come the hard rockin' outfit Stranger. Indeed no stranger to giging all throughout areas such as Orlando and Tampa, these boys played a style that had radio friendly attributes mixed with a guitar oriented approach. Producer Tom Werman gave them a commercial sheen which combined with their natural raw aggression saw them shine above a lot of others during 1982. Now, you could hardly call this AOR, and there are some guitar slinger antics from Ronnie Garvin which give it a southern slang, just so that you know where these boys originate from. I suppose overall, a smoother version of Coney Hatch mixed with early Doc Holliday material would be a reasonable comparison.


The Songs
'Jackie's So Bad' is a great choice for an opener, commercial and definitely aimed at radio. The next two are steaming hard rock .. 'Nobodys Fool' and the rampant 'Ready To Fight'. In vocalist Greg Billings you get a guy who can command the front of the stage with his powerful presence judging by these songs. 'My Kind Of Woman' is another melodic effort which hints at airplay, with some subtle keyboard backdrops in behind. The grunt really gets a happening on 'Rock & Roll You Baby' followed up by their trademark song 'Swamp Woman', all full of Jack Daniels swagger and bravado. Garvin's guitar cuts up rough on 'Dirty And Mean' and continues all the way through on 'Comin To Get You'. Some brilliant solos hit you square on with these ones.


In Summary
Stranger reputedly put out an unofficial second album the next year called 'Runnin' In The Red' but this was never released. They went into hiatus recording wise for a few years, though toured extensively throughout the southern states. In the late eighties and early nineties there was a flurry of activity with albums such as 'No Rules', 'No More Dirty Deals' and 'Angry Dogs'.


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#1 | rkbluez on November 28 2009 21:45:36
This is a smokin' little album...by little I mean it's only 29 minutes but it's some of the nastiest swampy dirty partying southerny hard rock releases from 1982...let's face it...this band could of and should of been huge...another stupid move by Epic their label...don't even remember this hitting stores...only found promo copies around back then...luckly it was released on a limited press CD by Mondo records who also did the 1st 2 excellent Yesterday and Today albums on CD then disappeared...too bad they had great taste in reissues.
#2 | gdazegod on April 01 2013 03:03:56
Epic seemed to have a real problem working with this band. They gave Stranger no promo, no nothing. They even paid the band to hold off doing anything with their second 'Runnin' In The Red', so much so that Stranger were denied doing any recording for 7 years. All I can say to Epic.. what a wanky thing to do..

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