Stranger in This Town

Stranger in This Town is the first solo studio album by Richie Sambora, the guitarist from the New Jersey band Bon Jovi. The album 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.

Stranger In This Town
Stranger In This Town.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 3, 1991
GenreBlues rock
ProducerRichie Sambora, Neil Dorfsman
Richie Sambora chronology
Stranger In This Town
Undiscovered Soul
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars link

Recording and ProductionEdit

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 makes a guest appearance playing guitar 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.

"Ballad of Youth" was released as the lead single followed by the second single "One Light Burning". The album titled track, "Stranger in This Town" was released as the third single and "Mr. Bluesman" featuring Eric Clapton was released as a promo single. The first three singles were accompanied by music videos.[1]

"The Answer" and "Rosie" were also released as promo singles in Japan.

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 performanceEdit

The album charted at #36 on the Billboard 200[2] and #20 on the UK Albums Chart[3]

The lead single, "Ballad of Youth", reached a high of #63 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #59 in the UK. The album titled track, "Stranger in This Town" charted at #38 on the Mainstream rock charts.[4]

Track listingEdit

1."Rest in Peace"Richie Sambora, David Bryan3:53
2."Church of Desire"Sambora6:07
3."Stranger in This Town"Sambora, Bryan6:15
4."Ballad of Youth"Sambora, Tom Marolda3:52
5."One Light Burning"Sambora, Marolda, Bruce Foster5:47
6."Mr. Bluesman" (Solo by Eric Clapton)Sambora5:14
7."Rosie"Sambora, Jon Bon Jovi, Desmond Child, Diane Warren4:50
8."River of Love"Sambora5:06
9."Father Time"Sambora, Child6:06
10."The Answer"Sambora, Foster5:07
Total length:52:11




  1. ^
  2. ^ "Allmusic (Richie Sambora charts & awards) Billboard albums".
  3. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Richie Sambora".
  4. ^ "Allmusic (Richie Sambora charts & awards) Billboard singles".