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Toto – Stranger In Town (Dance Mix) (Netherlands 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on October 3rd, 2013


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Re-Rip Newly Remastered!

Originally I posted this one on May 3, 2010. But for those who may have missed it or if you are a new reader just discovering BTG. I decided to give this one a new rip with my newer Ortofon Super 30 stylus. This 12″ is also being posted in 24 bit flac for the very first time!

“Stranger in Town” is a hit song from American rock band Toto from their 1984 album Isolation.

It was the first single released from that album, reaching the Top 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1984. The song was the band’s highest ever charting Mainstream Rock track, eventually peaking at number 7. It was also a Top 40 single in Australia, where it remains the fourth highest charting single by Toto, behind only “Hold the Line”, “Rosanna”, and “Africa”. The song was written by David Paich and Jeff Porcaro, and features Paich on lead vocals. Though Bobby Kimball is officially credited as a guest musician on the album, having been fired from Toto, “Stranger in Town” was recorded while he was still a member of the group.

The music video (directed by Steve Barron) and lyrics to the song are based on the film Whistle Down The Wind, about an escaped convict who runs into a group of children that mistake him for Jesus. Actor Brad Dourif plays the convict, and new member Fergie Frederiksen appears as a murder victim. Dourif and Toto would also work on the movie, Dune (1984 film), that same year.

The music video was also nominated at the 1985 MTV Music Video Awards for Best Direction.

Stranger In Town (Dance Mix) 6:50
Written-By – D. Paich*, J. Porcaro*
Synthesizer [Additional Effects] – Mike Cohen

Change Of Heart 4:08
Arranged By [Strings] – David PaichJames Newton Howard
Conductor [Orchestra] – James Newton HowardMarty Paich
Performer – London Symphony Orchestra, The
Written-By – D. Paich*, F. Frederiksen*

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1984 Stranger In Town U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #30
1984 Stranger In Town U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks #7


Label: CBS  – CBSA 12.4461
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Maxi-Single
Country: Netherlands
Released: 1984
Genre: Pop, Rock
Style: Pop Rock
Credits: Producer –Toto

Special version from the CBS LP “ISOLATION”

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B. Back

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

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Adobe Photoshop CS5
Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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11 Responses to “Toto – Stranger In Town (Dance Mix) (Netherlands 12″)”

  1. Stefano Says:

    Yes, I was waiting for this rare one to come alive in better quality! Thanks Paul. Great song, great band.
    I am always very happy when you post a new re-rip. There are a lot of old (and by now dead) posts done with your OM10 or OM20 stylus. Great to see you re-doing them every once in a while (don’t forget the Streisand catalogue please).


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I knew you would be the first to comment Stefano L) Havn’t forgotten Barbra.


    Stefano Reply:

    Thanks man!


  2. Don-O Says:

    I remember the pointless stink over the words ‘son of a bitch’ in the songs lyrics and CBS changed those words to ‘son of a wwwwwwitch’, sounded like they edited and slowed the first word/sylible (sic) slow enough to distort it. Weird case of censorship…


    DjPaulT Reply:

    That was the 80’s my how times have changed 🙂


    George Reply:

    Oddly,I don’t remember hearing that particular edit in either the 45 or the album,both of which I owned.


  3. ric Says:

    The album version was alright in my books, but this 12″ Remix is quite something. Made it more clubby and yet atmospheric at the same time!
    Thanks for another choice re-rip, Paul!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ric 🙂


  4. Joseph Says:

    huh … not a huge Toto fan, but I always like to read the descriptions on the site as there’s normally some interesting facts to pick up. In this case it’s the details of the video. I don’t remember ever seeing that, and I think Brad Dourif is an exceptional actor, doomed to character roles for his non-traditional looks, and I loved the film Whistle Down the Wind with Alan Bates as the convict/Jesus and Hayley Mills as the little girl who finds him. So thanks for pointing me towards something I hadn’t seen before.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Joseph. I have never seen “Whistle Down The Wind” so thanks for point me towards that one 🙂


  5. lordofvhs Says:

    thanks have a nice weekend cheers


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