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Don't Say No Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued

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Billy Squier s landmark 1981 album, Don t Say No, included the mega-hits The Stroke, My Kinda Lover, and In the Dark and laid the groundwork for the success of such crossover hard-rock/metal acts as Def Leppard and Bon Jovi. His most critically acclaimed album, it reached #5 on Billboard s album chart and went on to sell over 3 million copies in the U.S. Now it s being reissued for the first time ever since first appearing on CD in the 80s, complete with newly remastered sound, bonus tracks, and a new booklet.

Squier was the personification of 80s rock, with an array of arena rock anthems and power ballads. Don't Say No: 30th Anniversary Edition features 2 bonus tracks, live version of hit songs The Stroke and My Kinda Lover, recorded during a 2009 tour.

1. In The Dark
2. The Stroke
3. My Kinda Lover
4. You Know What I Like
5. Too Daze Gone
6. Lonely Is The Night
7. Whadda You Want From Me
8. Nobody Knows
9. I Need You
10. Don t Say No
11. My Kinda Lover (Live 2009 -Bonus Track)
12. The Stroke (Live 2009-Bonus Track)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 27, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B003PTP4Z4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,793 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By John Alapick on December 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Don't Say No is Billy Squier's best album and an early-80's hard rock classic. This was released when heavy metal was getting very little airplay and the hard rock bands that were huge, like Journey and Reo Speedwagon, were scoring primarily with power ballads. Billy Squier proved you can have commercial success playing melodic hard rock and staying true to your roots. This album, along with his next release Emotions In Motion, paved the way for the melodic metal movement of the mid-80's which spawned bands like Ratt, Bon Jovi, and Def Leppard.
Every track here is a winner. The singles "The Stroke", "My Kinda Lover", and "In The Dark" were all big hard rock hits and still sound great today. Other great tracks including the hard-driving rockers "You Know What I Like" and "Whadda You Want From Me", the mid-tempo rocker "Too Daze Gone", and "I Need You", which is carried by Mark Clarke's excellent bass line. The ballad "Nobody Knows" is also a strong track. "Lonely Is The Night" is probably the best track here, one of the great hard rock riffs of the '80s. Although there are keyboards featured throughout the album, they're only added for color, and don't overwhelm the guitars like on other hard rock albums. His next album Emotions In Motion was pretty good, but the rest of his albums were inconsistent, including 16 Strokes, his greatest-hits album. If you want to hear the best of Billy Squier, this is the album to purchase. Highly recommended.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nick T on October 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I loved every single song on this album and I am wondering how he wasn't more than an opening band. This CD has great and original songs. The guitar playing is really great and he started a guitar company! Here are my ratings for the songs.

1. In the Dark (10/10) --Great introduction to a great album

2. The Stroke (9/10) --I wasn't alive back then, but this had to be a 80's hit, right?

3. My Kinda Lover (10/10) --Not only one of his best songs, but one of my favorite songs ever.

4. You Know What I Like (10/10) --Good song after good song.

5. Too Daze Gone (10/10) --One of the best tracks here. At first i just liked it but then i re-listened to it and the lyrics started making more sense to me. I think it's a song many people can relate with.

6. Lonely is the Night (10/10) --At this point I'm wondering...Is this a best of or something???

7. Whadda You Want From Me? (7/10) --Okay, okay. Good song but definitely not the best.

8. Nobody Knows (10/10) --Sad song dedicated to John Lennon.

9. I Need You (10/10) --One of my favorite rhythms ever.

10. Don't Say No (9/10) --Good song. At this point, I think...WHY ONLY TEN SONGS!!! I NEED MORE OF THIS!!

Average song rating: (95/100) (9.5/10)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on September 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is Squier's bestselling cd overall and for good reason. It contains three hits "In The Dark", "The Stroke" and "My Kinda Lover". The rest of the cd is nearly as solid as those three tracks with "Too Daze Gone" and "Lonely Is The Night". Unfortunately, Capitol records has deleted all of his catalogue except "Don't Say No", which is ridiculous because he had other great cds like 1982's "Emotions In Motion", 1984's "Signs Of Life" and 1989's "Hear & Now" (I have his entire catalogue on cd before they went out of print). Highly underrated artist, and as far as I can tell, still underappreciated. If you want hits, the buy the "Reach For The Sky" anthology, otherwise you'll have to be content with this, his only available cd (out of the 8 he recorded with Capitol records). You can also buy 1998's "Happy Blue" to see what Squier has been up to lately if you didn't catch him on tour with Styx and Bad Company this summer.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 9, 2010
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This CD is fantastic from start to finish. Not a bad song on the entire CD. The big plus for buying the 30th ann. edition is that the sound is fantastic. The non remastered edition of Dont Say No is very light in bass, but the thump really comes through in this remastered version.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doug Olsen on August 30, 2010
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Ah yes, high school. Back then you could hardly turn around without getting hit up side the head with "The Stroke." I've never really liked that song, probably for the fatigue factor alone. So, for me, the songs in the heart of the album are the ones that still move me, "Too Daze Gone," "Lonely Is the Night," "Whadda You Want from Me," and "Don't Say No" for example.

As with most "remasters," this one does not disappoint. You get the requisite bump in volume but also a much fuller presentation of all the instruments and voices. The 2 live tracks at the end are fine, they're kinda fun but they didn't set my hair on fire. They'd have been cooler if they'd come from one of Billy's shows when he was out trying to conquer the world with these songs.

In the very off chance your kids want to hear what you listened to in the early '80s, Billy's album sure beats the crap out of playing them Loverboy, right? :-)

If you only have a first generation CD like I did, definitely get this. It'll give you an entirely new appreciation for an album full of great songs, no matter when you graduated high school.
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