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Audio CD, May 21, 2008
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Piper was a 70's fairly heavy rock band, featuring Billy Squier in his second band.
Fortunately, he took the best part of his first band (Sidewinder) with him: the songs:
"Who's Your Boyfriend," "Telephone Relation" and "42nd Street." When Squier left to form
Piper, all of these songs were included in the great tradition of the Cars or Cheap Trick, but
with a more lush hard pop vocals (three of the members sing, giving the band distinct hard rock
harmonies that are sooooo sweet.).
The band was only together for three years and two albums, the self-titled `Piper' from 1976
and 1977's "Can't Wait', both repackaged together on American Beat label (with permission
from A&M, the original label of Piper. Squier, born and raised in Wellesley,
Massachusetts was 26 years at the time. They seldom toured, thus not too many people even
known about Piper since they didn't have any radio singles (although it can be argued that the
song: `Can't Wait' from the 2nd album and `Who's Your Boyfriend' should have been huge hits.
When they did tour, they toured as the warm-up band to KISS, since they were both owned by
the same management company, but not the same label.
Three years later, the first Billy Squier solo album would come out (Capital Records 1980)
"Tale of the Tape" setting the stage for Squier to take the King of 80's Rock crown.
He admired Clapton, Page, and Led Zeppelin, and all elements of these bands are especially
evident in the Piper guitar solos. The self-titled album is the better of the two, and to have both
packaged together is a truly a treat for all Billy Squier fans and for collector's of lost 70's classics.Read more ›
These are the "must haves". Hard rock, smokin' dual lead guitar lines, with relatively innocent themes. Many great songs on both albums.
I never had the same intensity for my feelings of Billy Squier's solo career, and I will admit that even the "Can't Wait" album has lost a bit of the punch it had for me back in the day. I still consider it a landmark album for my life though, and I am tickled to have these two 70's gems on cd. To me, for 70's Rock that fell under the radar, these should be given strong consideration.
Piper, if you're looking for more potent Squier as a fan, is actually pretty good stuff. It's way better than the Emotions In Motion album. Out Of Control, Whatcha Gonna Do, The Road, 42nd Street, Telephone Relation and an interesting cover of the Stones' The Last Time being really catchy rockers but its obviously the star track Who's Your Boyfriend, a vibrant melodic classic of a pop rocker that shoulda been a big hit. You'll wanna crank this one up as its Piper's best track. The debut album had some good moments but I think the 2nd record might be better. The opening title cut certainly indicates. The slower but enjoyable See Me Through features enough cowbell to keep 70's rock fans glued, Little Miss Intent another mid tempo rocker featuers some solid rhythm section work. Now Ain't The Time and the previously mentioned track cause the album to take a big dip in momentum but Bad Boy picks it up again.Read more ›
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I have been looking forever to find these records on CD. Amazon.com is a great place to find these old CD's. Thanks againPublished on November 17, 2010 by TW
The classic Billy Squier sound. THis is definately what started it all. For the true fan, you want these tunes.Published on July 16, 2010 by Tim McGoffin
I have heard so much about Squires first band Piper for some time now.Like 25 years!! So,when I saw them on Amazon I decided to pick them up as I could not find them for download... Read morePublished on July 6, 2009 by Artman
I saw Piper in Madison, WI and immediately bought the LPs back in the day. Much superior to later Billy Squier albums in my opinion. Read morePublished on December 12, 2008 by L. King