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16 Strokes: The Best of Billy Squier

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  • Billy Squier rocked in the 1980’s. “Don’t Say No” came out in 1981 and most of America was hooked. “Emotions In Motion” followed soon there after and Squier was riding the huge wave of success. His hits have been far and few between since then. Squire does rock on “In The Dark”, “My Kinda Lover”, “Everybody Wants You”, “Don’t Say You Love Me” and a few others. Easily his best and most popular release, “Don’t Say No” suprisingly only has 3 cuts here on this “16 Strokes (Best Of)” disc. This is a shame. One of his best hits “Lonely Is The Night” is strangely absent… as are great rockers “Too Daze Gone” and “Whadda You Want From Me”. From “Emotions In Motion”, possibly the best song (and a big hit for him) “Learn How To Live” is missing here. Also, if you want to give Billy Squier his just dues, how about throwing a few tunes on this disc from “Tale Of The Tape” (1980) or anything from his Piper days. Any way you slice Squier you get some fun rocking songs, plenty of finger snaps, and drum sticks clinking together. He knows how to write a good pop tune. All 16 songs here bare his name as writer/creator. I give this disc 3 stars due to 2 missing classic songs (mentioned above); absolutely NO liner notes – you’d never know who his bandmates where, which songs came from which albums, the year they were released… etc; and 5 throw-away songs (tracks 12-16). Squier’s “Reach For The Sky (Anthology)” is very good… it includes ALL his best work… but 2 discs is probably too much.

    Posted on November 17, 2009