Stranger in Town (album)

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Stranger in Town
Studio album by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Released May 5, 1978 (1978-05-05)
Recorded Criteria Sound Studios, Miami, Florida; Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, Alabama; Cherokee Studios, Capitol Records Studios, Sound Suite Studios, Detroit, Michigan, 1976-78
Genre Hard rock, rock and roll
Length 39:28
Label Capitol
Producer Bob Seger, Punch Andrews, Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band chronology
Night Moves
(1976)
Stranger in Town
(1978)
Against the Wind
(1980)
Singles from Stranger in Town
  1. "Still the Same"
    Released: April 1978
  2. "Hollywood Nights"
    Released: 1978
  3. "We've Got Tonite"
    Released: October 1978
  4. "Old Time Rock and Roll"
    Released: March 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B-[2]
Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock And Roll" from Stranger in Town

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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 1978 (see 1978 in music). Like its predecessor, the Silver Bullet Band backed Seger on about half of the songs and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section backed Seger on the other half.

The album became an instant success in the United States, being certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America less than a month after the album's release, and, like its predecessor Night Moves, it would later go six times platinum.[3] It was also his first album to chart in the UK, where limited editions were released on silver vinyl and in picture disc format as well as standard black vinyl.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Bob Seger, except where noted. 

Side One
No. Title Length
1. "Hollywood Nights"   4:59
2. "Still the Same"   3:18
3. "Old Time Rock and Roll" (George Jackson, Thomas Jones, Bob Seger (uncredited)) 3:14
4. "Till It Shines"   3:50
5. "Feel Like a Number"   3:42
Side Two
No. Title Length
1. "Ain't Got No Money" (Frankie Miller) 4:11
2. "We've Got Tonite"   4:38
3. "Brave Strangers"   6:20
4. "The Famous Final Scene"   5:09

The Silver Bullet Band plays on side one tracks 1, 2, & 5 and on side two track 3

The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section plays on side one tracks 3 & 4 and on side two tracks 1, 2, & 4

Personnel[edit]

The Silver Bullet Band
The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section
Additional Musicians
Background Singers
"We've Got Tonight" and "Still the Same"
"Hollywood Nights"
  • Julia Waters - background vocals
  • Luther Waters - vocals, background vocals
  • Maxine Waters - background vocals
  • Oren Waters - vocals, background vocals
"Still the Same" and "Brave Strangers"
  • Brandye - vocals, background vocals
"Old Time Rock"
  • James Lavell Easley - background vocals
  • Stanley Carter - background vocals
  • George Jackson - vocals, background vocals

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Punch Andrews, Bob Seger
  • Engineers: John Arrias, Mark Calice, David Cole, Hugh Davies, Gregg Hamm, Steve Melton, George Tutko
  • Mixing: Punch Andrews, John Arrias, Bob Seger
  • Mastering: Wally Traugott
  • Remastering: Robert Vosgien
  • String arrangements: Jim Ed Norman
  • Art direction: Roy Kohara
  • Design: Ken Anderson
  • Photography: Terrence Bert, Bob Siedemann

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
French Top Albums[4] 14
German Albums Chart[5] 28
Swedish Top 60 Albums[6] 45
UK Albums Chart[7] 31
US Billboard 200[8] 4
Chart (1979) Peak
position
New Zealand Top 40 Albums[9] 4

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1978 "Still The Same" Billboard Hot 100 4
1978 "Hollywood Nights" Billboard Hot 100 12
1978 "We've Got Tonite" Billboard Hot 100 13
1979 "Old Time Rock and Roll" Billboard Hot 100 28

References[edit]