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Billy Squier - The Tale Of The Tape [German Pressing] [Capitol EMI 1C 064-86 139] (1980)

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Title:

The Tale Of The Tape [German Pressing]

Released: 1980
Label: Capitol EMI
Catalog: 1C 064-86 139
Genre: Rock
T R A C K L I S T:
01 The Big Beat
02 Calley Oh
03 Rich Kid
04 Like I'm Lovin' You
05 Who Knows What A Love Can Do
06 You Should Be High, Love
07 Who's Your Boyfriend
08 The Music's All Right
09 Young Girls
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Doug Stone [allmusic.com]

Billy Squier knows his music is all right. He knows because he's got razor sharp hooks, air-tight choruses, and the ''Big Beat.'' Though his former band Piper wasn't the next Kiss (both were managed by Bill Aucoin), Squier plays with the big boys right out of the gate on his first solo; Tale of the Tape deftly welds heavy licks to hard funk on a level with world-dominators Queen. Both beatboxes and muscle cars blasted ''You Should Be High, Love'' and ''Big Beat.'' But the artist's gentle melodic touch always surprises. Underneath the suburban Zep sludge pops street Raspberries bubblegum. Squier doesn't fake sympathy for the working class; he wants to be rich and he wants young girls. On Tale of the Tape and its near-perfect follow-up, Don't Say No, he knows what he wants and he knows how to get it.


Billy Squier - Don't Say No [Capitol ST 12146] (1981)

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Title:

Don't Say No

Released: 1981
Label: Capitol
Catalog: ST 12146
Genre: Rock
T R A C K L I S T:
01 In The Dark
02 The Stroke
03 My Kind Of Lover
04 You Know What I Like
05 Too Daze Gone
06 Lonely Is The Night
07 Whadda You Want From Me
08 Nobody Knows
09 I Need You
10 Don't Say No
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Eduardo Rivadavia [allmusic.com]

After turning some heads with his debut, Billy Squier truly arrived with 1981's Don't Say No, which kicks off in spectacular fashion with the triple opening salvo of "In the Dark," "The Stroke," and "My Kinda Lover" -- all of which become staples at rock radio. The album is a near-perfect example of early-'80s melodic hard rock, and even less enduring (but hardly inferior rockers) such as "You Know What I Like" and "Lonely Is the Night" keep up the intensity. And Squier also finds time for the occasional ballad, like the disarmingly gentle "Nobody Knows." Completists may want to review his mid-'90s double-disc anthology, but as far as studio albums are concerned, Don't Say No is undoubtedly his best.


Billy Squier - Emotions In Motion [Capitol ST-12217] (1982)

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Title:

Emotions In Motion

Released: 1982
Label: Capitol
Catalog: ST-12217
Genre: Rock


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Everybody Wants You
02 Emotions In Motion
03 Learn How To Live
04 In Your Eyes
05 Keep Me Satisfied
06 It Keeps You Rockin'
07 One Good Woman
08 She's A Runner
09 Catch 22
10 Listen To The Heartbeat
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Emotions in Motion is the third album by rock musician Billy Squier. It was released in July 1982, and was Squier's second consecutive Top Five disc on the Billboard album chart. It contains the hit song ''Everybody Wants You'', which peaked at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100, and held at #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for 6 weeks. Further hits from the album included ''Learn How To Live'', ''Emotions In Motion'', and ''She's A Runner''. Billy wrote all of the album's tracks himself.

Emotions in Motion is one of Billy Squier's most popular albums, certified Gold in September 1982 and Platinum a month later. Though multi-platinum awards were not certified prior to late 1984, the album received a double platinum award in 1991. Emotions in Motion is also Billy's second best selling album, after the previous year's Triple Platinum Don't Say No.

The cover art was created for Squier by Andy Warhol. Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor sing background on the title track. Like its predecessor, the album was produced by Squier with Reinhold Mack, who had produced Queen's The Game. [wikipedia.org]


Billy Squier - A Musical Dialogue With Billy Squier [Capitol SPRO 9720/21] (1981)

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Artist:

Billy Squier

Title:

A Musical Dialogue With Billy Squier

Released: 1981
Label: Capitol
Catalog: SPRO 9720/21
Genre: Interview / Rock
NOTE: Radio only promotional copy / white label
T R A C K L I S T:
01 (outcue: "...in a moment")
02 (outcue: "...in a moment")
Tracks: "My Kinda Lover"; "In The Dark"
03 (oucue: "...in a moment")
Tracks: "You Should Be High Love"; "The Big Beat"
04 (outcue: "...thank you")
Tracks: "Lonely Is The Night"; "The Stroke"
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Billy Squier 1984 Signs Of Life (Capitol SJ-12361)

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Artist:

Billy Squier

Title:

Signs Of Life

Released: 1984
Label: Capitol
Catalog: SJ-12361
Genre: Rock'n Roll / Pop
NOTE: Co-produced by Jim Steinman
NOTE: slight tear on front cover
T R A C K L I S T:
01 All Night Long
02 Rock Me Tonite
03 Eye On You
04 Take A Look Behind Ya
05 Reach For The Sky
06 (Another) 1984
07 Fall For Love
08 Can't Get Next To You
09 Hand-Me-Downs
10 Sweet Release
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Billy Squier - Enough Is Enough (Capitol PJ-12483) (1986)

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Artist:

Billy Squier

Title:

Enough Is Enough

Released: 27 September 1986
Label: Capitol
Catalog: PJ-12483
Genre: Rock
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T R A C K L I S T:
01 Shot O' Love
02 Love Is The Hero
03 Lady With A Tenor Sax
04 All We Have To Give
05 Come Home
06 Break The Silence
07 Powerhouse
08 Lonely One
09 Til It's Over
10 Wink Of An Eye
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Billy Squier's Biography

by Greg Prato [allmusic.com]

Many point to Billy Squier as early-'80s rock personified -- an era when he and many of his peers tempered hard rock with pop melodicism -- and by adding just the right amount of posing and posturing for the newly constructed MTV set, he scored a string of arena rock anthems and power ballads. But Squier did not enjoy overnight success as it took many years and several failed bands before he hit paydirt as a solo artist. Born on May 12, 1950, in Wellesley Hills, MA, Squier began playing piano and guitar at an early age, but didn't become serious with music until discovering Eric Clapton (via the renowned British guitarist's stints with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and Cream) in the late '60s and deciding to pursue music full-time. After playing in several local bands in the Boston area, Squier spent the early '70s relocating back and forth between Boston and New York City, during which time he contributed to a troupe that combined music with poetry (called Magic Terry & the Universe), attended the Berklee College of Music, and played in a pair of rock groups (N.Y.C.'s Kicks, which included future New York Dolls drummer Jerry Nolan, and Boston's the Sidewinders).

But it wasn't until Squier's next band, Piper, that the singer/guitarist fronted a group that inked a recording contract, issuing a pair of underappreciated albums for A&M (1976's self-titled debut and 1977's Can't Wait), before splitting up. Undeterred, Squier soldiered on as a solo act, issuing his solo debut, Tale of the Tape, in 1980, which spawned a moderate rock radio hit with "You Should Be High Love," setting the stage perfectly for his big commercial breakthrough. Looking to the bombastic rock of early Led Zeppelin for inspiration, Squier's sophomore release, Don't Say No, became a monster hit on the strength of the Zep carbon copy "The Stroke," as well as such other rock radio staples as "In the Dark," "My Kinda Lover," and "Lonely Is the Night," all of which enjoyed heavy rotation on the newly founded MTV, helping Squier expand his audience even further.

Squier's hit parade continued with 1982's Emotions in Motion, another big release that spawned an additional monster radio/MTV hit with "Everybody Wants You," as Squier supported the album with a tour of U.S. arenas (with an up-and-coming Def Leppard opening). But on his next release, the 1984 Jim Steinman-produced Signs of Life, Squier hit a snag in his career. Although the album was another sizeable U.S. hit, the video for the album's single, "Rock Me Tonite," alienated some of Squier's hardcore rock following, as the singer was filmed flamboyantly prancing around his apartment in time to the music (and in a moment of great delight, ripping off his shirt) -- resulting in the clip often being considered one of the most inadvertently hilarious videos of all time.

Squier continued to issue albums throughout the '80s (including such titles as 1986's Enough Is Enough and 1989's Hear & Now), but it wasn't enough to prevent his audience from moving on to such younger, similarly styled acts as Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe, as the hits eventually dried up. Squier continued to release albums in the '90s (1991's Creatures of Habit, 1993's Tell the Truth, and 1998's Happy Blue), but the hard rock audience, who became more interested in such unpretentious rockers as Nirvana, had deemed the majority of '80s rockers passé. .
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