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Tale of the Tape/Don't Say No

  • 1. Big Beat, The
    2. Calley Oh
    3. Rich Kid
    4. Like I'm Lovin' You
    5. Who Knows What a Love Can Do
    6. You Should Be High Love
    7. Who's Your Boyfriend
    8. Music's All Right, The
    9. Young Girls
    10. In the Dark
    11. Stroke, The
    12. My Kinda Lover
    13. You Know What I Like
    14. Too Daze Gone
    15. Lonely Is the Night
    16. Whadda You Want from Me
    17. Nobody Knows
    18. I Need You
    19. Don't Say No
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): BGOCD 624

  • Credits
    ProducerEddie Offord; Billy Squier

    Personnel: Billy Squier (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, percussion, background vocals); Cary Sharraf, Bruce Kulick (guitar); Alan St. Jon (keyboards, synthesizer, background vocals); David Sancious (keyboards, synthesizer); Richard T. Bear (keyboards); Bobby Chouinard (drums); Ernest Carter (percussion); Woodstock Children's Chorus, Alex Ligertwood, Mark Clarke (background vocals).
    Liner Note Author: Alan Robinson .
    Recording information: Eddy Offord Remote Studio, Woodstock, NY; Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany; The Power Station, New York, NY.
    Photographers: Dick Kranzler; Geoffrey Hargrave Thomas.
    Before Billy Squier's career exploded (albeit briefly) with 1981's Don't Say No, the ex-Piper frontman issued an overlooked debut solo outing, 1980's Tale of the Tape, which has become increasingly hard to find over the years -- especially on CD. But longtime fans have reason to rejoice, as Squier's first two solo releases were compiled together as a "two for one" deal in the U.K. (but easily obtainable in the U.S. as an import) -- Tale of the Tape/Don't Say No. Additionally, it also doesn't hurt that these two albums were Squier's best solo outings. While not as commercially successful or renowned as, say, Emotions in Motion, Squier's solo debut contained quite a few standouts that measure up well against his later hits -- "Rich Kid," "You Should Be High Love," and "The Music's All Right" -- and set the stage perfectly for his breakthrough sophomore effort. Undoubtedly his best solo effort, Don't Say No shows Squier going more for a heavy Led Zeppelin-esque sound on the hit title track and "Lonely Is the Night," but also manages to slip in quite a few melodic, pop-based tunes as well, especially the album opening "In the Dark" and "My Kinda Lover." As of 2004, Tale of the Tape/Don't Say No is the only way to get Squier's first release on CD, and with a fair list price, it's just about what you'd shell out for two separate CDs anyway. ~ Greg Prato

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