Stranger in This Town

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Stranger in This Town
Studio album by Richie Sambora
Released November 19, 1991
Genre Hard rock, blues
Length 52:11
Label Mercury
Producer Richie Sambora, Neil Dorfsman
Richie Sambora chronology
Stranger in This Town
(1991)
Undiscovered Soul
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link

Stranger in This Town is a rock/blues solo album by Richie Sambora, the guitarist from the New Jersey band Bon Jovi.

As his first solo album, Sambora experimented with a more blues-oriented sound. He sings lead vocals and plays guitar on the album, backed by his Bon Jovi bandmates Tico Torres on drums and David Bryan on keyboards, joined by Tony Levin on bass guitar. Eric Clapton guest stars with a guitar solo on the track "Mr. Bluesman".

"Ballad of Youth", "One Light Burning" and "The Answer" were co-written with colleagues from his former club band Shark Frenzy. "Rosie" was originally intended to be a Bon Jovi song for their fourth album "New Jersey; versions of this song with the full Bon Jovi line-up have surfaced as bootlegs.

Stranger in this Town was released in 1991, while Bon Jovi was on a 17 month hiatus. Jon Bon Jovi also released a solo album, Blaze of Glory (1990), during this period.

Occasionally, "Stranger in This Town" has been played by Sambora on Bon Jovi's tours, most recently on their Lost Highway Tour in 2008.

Chart performance[edit]

The album charted at #36 on The Billboard 200[1] and #20 on the UK Albums Chart[2]

The lead single, "Ballad of Youth", reached a high of #63 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #59 in the UK. The title track, "Stranger in This Town", charted at #38 on the Mainstream rock charts but "One Light Burning" failed to chart.[3] All three singles were accompanied by music videos.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Rest in Peace"   Richie Sambora, David Bryan 3:47
2. "Church of Desire"   Sambora 6:08
3. "Stranger in This Town"   Sambora, David Bryan 6:15
4. "Ballad of Youth"   Sambora, Tom Marolda 3:52
5. "One Light Burning"   Sambora, Marolda, Bruce Foster 5:48
6. "Mr. Bluesman" (Solo by Eric Clapton) Sambora 5:14
7. "Rosie"   Sambora, Jon Bon Jovi, Desmond Child, Diane Warren 4:49
8. "River of Love"   Sambora 5:06
9. "Father Time"   Sambora, Child 6:05
10. "The Answer"   Sambora, Foster 5:07
11. "The Wind Cries Mary" (Japan Bonus Track) Jimi Hendrix 5:58

Personnel[edit]

  • Richie Sambora - acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals, producer, string arrangements
  • David Bryan - keyboards, string arrangements
  • Tico Torres - drums, percussion
  • Dean Fasano - background vocals
  • Tony Levin - bass guitar, Chapman Stick
  • Eric Clapton - guitar solo on "Mr. Bluesman"
  • Randy Jackson - bass guitar on "One Light Burning"
  • Jeff Bova, Jimmy Bralower, Robbie Buchanan, Larry Fast, Chris Palmaro, Eric Persing - keyboards, programming
  • Rafael Padilla, Carol Steele - percussion
  • Tawatha Agee, Bekka Bramlett, Curtis King, Brenda White-King, Franke Previte, Dean Fasano - background vocals
  • Neil Dorfsman - producer
  • JD Dworkow - production coordination
  • Jeff Hendrickson, Lance Phillips, Frank Wolf - engineering
  • Bob Ludwig - mastering
  • Tim White, Darryl Estrine - photography
  • Margery Greenspan - art direction
  • Katie Agresta - vocal coach
  • Umi Kenyon - design

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