Artist: Billy Squier
Title: “Essential Billy Squier”
Label: Capitol Records
Release Date: 3/29/2011
Genre: Hard Rock
The earliest musical reference that I have when it comes to Billy Squier is that I used to jam out to the first album extensively and play both “The Stroke” and “Lonely Is The Night” in my band back in the day when one of the passions of youth was Rock and Roll stardom. I guess the next would be seeing him in concert as he supported the “Emotions In Motion” and “Signs Of Life” albums and how both of these tours gave me the chance to see Def Leppard and Ratt for the very first time. Well, most of them at least because we were all driven to the show by someone who wanted to miss those bands and made sure that we did as well. That being said I was intrigued to once again focus on the music of Mr. Squier because his early stuff was just so damned good. The new release is called “The Essential Billy Squier” and as you can imagine by its title is a hits compilation that sets out to remind the legacy fan and educate the newer one. It was without question that I was most interested in hearing remastered versions of the material from his second and third releases because in my humble opinion those are the best of them all, and fortunately we get four numbers from “Don’t Say No” and three from “Emotions In Motion”. To be honest they could have added a couple more from his sophomore release but that did get a 30th anniversary edition last year from Shout! Factory. The four tunes from “DSN” are seminal Hard Rock classics and one could hear both “The Stroke” and “Lonely Is The Night” again and again on Rock radio of the day. This preceded the likes of MTV but Billy would eventually be remembered forever with his video from the fourth album “Signs Of Life” with “Rock Me Tonite”; it was a video that has gone down in history as being one of the worst ever. Poor Billy. He never deserved that but it is just bad on so many levels even though it was a solid tune. The three tracks from “Emotions In Motion” I was totally fine with as I was not as crazy about it as some others were.
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