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Sambora, Richie - 1991 Stranger In This Town

ARTIST: Sambora, Richie
ALBUM: Stranger In Town
LABEL: Mercury
SERIAL: 848 895-2
YEAR: 1991
CD REISSUE: Reissue List


LINEUP: Richie Sambora - vocals, guitars, string arrangements, production * Tony Levin - bass, chapman stick * Tico Torres - drums, percussion * Chris Palmaro, Eric Persing, Jeff Bova, Jimmy Bralower, Larry Fast, Robbie Buchanan - keyboards, programming * David Bryan - keyboards, string arrangements * Carol Steele, Rafael Padilla - percussion * Dean Fasano, Franke Previte, Curtis King, Bekka Bramlett, Isabella Lento, Tawatha Agee, Brenda White-King - background vocals * Eric Clapton - guitar solo (#6) * Randy Jackson - bass (#5)

TRACK LISTING:? 01 Rest In Peace * 02 Church Of Desire * 03 Stranger In This Town * 04 Ballad Of Youth * 05 One Light Burning * 06 Mr. Bluesman * 07 Rosie * 08 River Of Love * 09 Father Time * 10 The Answer * 11 The Wind Cries Mary (Jap Bonus)

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'Stranger In This Town' was the very first solo album for then Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora. Of course, the six-stringer had history before Jovi, working with various New Jersey club bands back in the early 80's, but it was the band Message, alongside the late Dean Fasano (ex Prophet) where he first made his name. The Jovi history during the remainder of the 80's doesn't need repeating here (read the Bon Jovi tag below), but suffice to say, once the extensive 'New Jersey' tour had run its course, the band went off the road for a year and a half. During this time, Jon Bon Jovi released 1990's 'Blaze Of Glory' album, while Sambora released this one in Septembmer 1991.

The Songs
The direction of 'Stranger In This Town' takes a bluesy turn, with the big production there to ensure radio compatibility. I quite like his voice, and overall this album is pretty good. Richie gets a hand from BJ team mates Tico Torres and David Bryan, while Eric Clapton offers up a solo on 'Mr Bluesman'. The album's first single 'Ballad Of Youth' made it to #63 on Billboard, while the album itself made it to #38. Sambora did take the promotion of this album out on the road toward the end of 1991 which included guitarist Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon) and percussionist extraordinare Crystal Taliefero (Billy Joel Band, and John Cougar Mellancamp).

In Summary
Sambora has only released three solo albums to date, and after his much publicized 2013 departure from Bon Jovi leaving mid-tour, has hooked up with Australian guitarist Orianthi for which they have combined under the name RSO. They are touring in Australia during the summer months of 2018, so it will be interesting to see what shape he is in.

Richie Sambora - 1991 Ballad Of Youth

Richie Sambora - 1991 One Light Burning

Richie Sambora - 1991 Stranger In This Town

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#1 | Explorer on November 26 2017 11:38:41
Really like this album, but I reckon he bettered it with the follow up 'Undiscovered Soul', and I've always thought he was a better vocalist than JBJ.
#2 | swazi on November 27 2017 11:04:58
Awesome release! I really love it, as "Undiscovered Soul"!
And I agree to him being the better vocalist ...
#3 | george_the_jack on December 10 2017 00:46:48
A big favourite album for me. I have always loved this album so much that I got 2 original CD copies- one that I bought back in the mid-90's as well as the Japanese version in latter years which features an excellent cover of Hendrix's ''The wind cries Mary''.

There are no BJ albums apart from the debut that I can listen in one sitting from start to finish. ''Stranger in town'' on the other hand is one of those recordings that I always enjoy as a whole.

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