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16 Strokes: The Best of Billy Squier

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  • I think either people have forgotten about Billy Squier or they discredit his music-making abilities. I am not either type of person. I have nearly all of Squier’s albums, and though I feel he isn’t the greatest musician of all time, I do think he deserves credibility. This one disc hits collection is perfect for those who only want Squier’s 4 top 40 hits: “The Stroke”, “In The Dark”, “Everybody Wants You” and “Rock Me Tonight” plus some other gems like “My Kinda Lover”, “Don’t Say You Love Me”, “Love Is The Hero”, “Emotions In Motion”, “Don’t Let Me Go”, “She Goes Down” and “Tied Up”. While not as comprehensive as the “Reach For The Sky” two disc compilation, “16 Strokes” is sufficient in quality and comprehensiveness for those who are only looking for the hits. The only problem with this compilation is that it doesn’t include anything from Squier’s 1993 cd “Tell The Truth” nor his 1998 cd “Happy Blues”. It also doesn’t include anything prior to 1981’s “Don’t Say No”. I don’t often hear Squier’s music on 80’s radio stations and that’s a disappointment because he, like Loverboy, Scorpions, Survivor, Def Leppard, The Tubes, Saga, Rush and others deserve to have their retro time again. But for now, this compilation will have to do.

    Posted on November 17, 2009