1977's The Stranger is largely considered Billy's "magnum opus" or great work. It was his fifth studio album and the one that thrust his career into the stratosphere. In today's world of manufactured pop music, most artists would not get the chance to make five albums before they got a hit. Fortunately, the record industry in the 1970s was a bit more patient and their patience paid off for everyone.
The original cover depicts Billy sitting in a dark bedroom alone on some ruffled sheets, staring at a theater mask. The album contains four of Billy's biggest hits (Movin' Out, Just the Way You Are, She's Always a Woman, Only the Good Die Young) as well as the epic novel-in-miniature, "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant," and the beautiful "Vienna." But of course, the title track is "The Stranger," a song about the secret lives we live and never share, even with those closest to us.
The music on the album is so strong and brilliant that I wanted to design a cover for it that was extremely minimalistic so as not to steal the show. The design harkens to the original cover and captures the solitude of being "The Stranger."