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Seger, Bob - Stranger in Town - White Hot Stamper

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Bob Seger
Stranger in Town

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Vinyl Grade

Side One: Mint Minus Minus

Side Two: Mint Minus Minus

  • An amazing copy of Seger's 1978 release with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound side two - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • One of the few Bob Seger recordings with the potential of audiophile quality sound - this pressing is big, full and Tubey Magical (for 1978) with plenty of rock and roll energy
  • If you own a radio you know Stranger In Town - more than half of it still gets played on the radio to this day
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...it's as lively as Night Moves, rocking even harder in some places and being equally as introspective in the acoustic numbers. If it doesn't feel as revelatory as that record, in many ways it does feel like a stronger set of songs."

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Both these sides had the energy and rock solid weight we were looking for on this Classic Rock Album from 1978. If you own a radio you know Stranger In Town, because more than half the tracks got plenty of airplay, including:

  1. Hollywood Nights
  2. Still The Same
  3. Old Time Rock & Roll
  4. Feel Like A Number

... and that monster power ballad, complete with strings (!):

  1. We've Got Tonight

All with amazing sound!

What the Best Sides of Stranger in Town Have to Offer Is Not Hard to Hear

  • The biggest, most immediate staging in the largest acoustic space
  • The most Tubey Magic, without which you have almost nothing. CDs give you clean and clear. Only the best vintage vinyl pressings offer the kind of Tubey Magic that was on the tapes in 1978
  • Tight, note-like, rich, full-bodied bass, with the correct amount of weight down low
  • Natural tonality in the midrange -- with all the instruments having the correct timbre
  • Transparency and resolution, critical to hearing into the three-dimensional studio space

No doubt there's more but we hope that should do for now. Playing the record is the only way to hear all of the qualities we discuss above, and playing the best pressings against a pile of other copies under rigorously controlled conditions is the only way to find a pressing that sounds as good as this one does.

What We're Listening For on Stranger in Town

  • Energy for starters. What could be more important than the life of the music?
  • Then: presence and immediacy. The vocals aren't "back there" somewhere, lost in the mix. They're front and center where any recording engineer worth his salt would put them.
  • The Big Sound comes next -- wall to wall, lots of depth, huge space, three-dimensionality, all that sort of thing.
  • Then transient information -- fast, clear, sharp attacks, not the smear and thickness so common to these LPs.
  • Tight punchy bass -- which ties in with good transient information, also the issue of frequency extension further down.
  • Next: transparency -- the quality that allows you to hear deep into the soundfield, showing you the space and air around all the instruments.
  • Extend the top and bottom and voila, you have The Real Thing -- an honest to goodness Hot Stamper.

Classic Rock

Rock, specifically of the Classic variety, is at the heart of our business. Finding quiet, good sounding pressings of these albums is what we devote most of our resources to, and if we can be indulged a self-compliment, it's what we do better than anyone else in the business.

But is that really saying much? No one else in the record business does it at all. No record sellers that we are aware of make any effort whatsoever to critically evaluate their records. If they do I sure haven't seen any evidence of it.

And who can blame them? It's hard to put together the resources necessary to pull it off. There are a substantial number of steps a record must go through before it finds itself for sale, and that means there are ten copies sitting in the backroom for every one that makes it to the site.

If the goal is to move product, this is a very bad way to go about it.

Then again, we don't care about moving product. We care about offering our customers good sounding records. Those two things have turned out to be very much at odds in our experience.

Vinyl Condition

Mint Minus Minus and maybe a bit better is about as quiet as any vintage pressing will play, and since only the right vintage pressings have any hope of sounding good on this album, that will most often be the playing condition of the copies we sell. (The copies that are even a bit noisier get listed on the site are seriously reduced prices or traded back in to the local record stores we shop at.)

Those of you looking for quiet vinyl will have to settle for the sound of other pressings and Heavy Vinyl reissues, purchased elsewhere of course as we have no interest in selling records that don't have the vintage analog magic of these wonderful recordings.

If you want to make the trade-off between bad sound and quiet surfaces with whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing might be available, well, that's certainly your prerogative, but we can't imagine losing what's good about this music -- the size, the energy, the presence, the clarity, the weight -- just to hear it with less background noise.

Side One

  • Hollywood Nights
  • Still The Same
  • Old Time Rock & Roll
  • Till It Shines
  • Feel Like A Number

Side Two

  • Ain't Got No Money
  • We've Got Tonight
  • Brave Strangers
  • The Famous Final Scene

AMG 4 1/2 Star Review

Night Moves was in the pipeline when Live Bullet hit, and wound up eclipsing the double live set anyway, so Stranger in Town is really the record where Bob Seger started grasping the changes that happened when he became a star. It happened when he was old enough to have already formed his character.

Even as celebrity creeps in, as on "Hollywood Nights," Seger remains a middle-class, Midwestern rocker, celebrating "Old Time Rock & Roll," realizing old flames are still the same, and still feeling like a number. Musically, it's as lively as Night Moves, rocking even harder in some places and being equally as introspective in the acoustic numbers. If it doesn't feel as revelatory as that record, in many ways it does feel like a stronger set of songs.

Yes, musically, it doesn't offer any revelations, but it still feels impassioned, both in its performances and songs, and it's still one of the great rock records of its era.