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Piper, Piper/Can't Wait

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Out of Control
  2. Whatcha Gonna Do
  3. Road
  4. Sail Away
  5. Who's Your Boyfriend (I Got a Feelin')
  6. Telephone Relation
  7. Last Time
  8. 42nd Street
  9. Can't Live With Ya/Can't Live Without Ya
  10. Can't Wait
  11. Drop by and Stay
  12. See Me Throught
  13. Little Miss Intent
  14. Now Ain't the Time
  15. Bad Boy
  16. Comin' Down Off Your Love
  17. Anyday
  18. Blues for the Common Man


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 21, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: AMERICAN BEAT
  • ASIN: B00169LWEC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,430 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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PIPER TWOFER REVIEW

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.
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These two cds contain some of the best Billy Squier out there; not one bad tune. If you like Billy Squier, you'll love these albums. Nice cover of the Stone's Last Time and you can here the "1st draft" of Who'se Your Boyfriend. Lots of great ballads as only Squier can write them; Now Ain't the Time and See me Through are two of my all time favorite tunes, period. Great stuff, it's worth every penny.
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I've been searching for these 2 LPs for years. The only thing I could find was a "Can't Wait" import from Japan. I loved both of these back in the day, but had given up on finding them again in later technology. Finally, here they are !!
These are the "must haves". Hard rock, smokin' dual lead guitar lines, with relatively innocent themes. Many great songs on both albums.

Thanks Amazon!
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I can't remember exactly why I bought the "Can't Wait" LP back in 1977. My mode of operation in my youth very much consisted of buying records that I'd never heard of before. I "discovered" alot of great talent taking chances, with some clunkers along the way. But the "Can't Wait" album was one that had major impact on me without question. So much so that I even wrote a fan letter to the unknown (at that time) Billy Squier expressing my deep love for his lyrics and music. He even wrote a short note back to me, written on a note paper with an "Aucoin Management" letterhead. I was thrilled, as I considered his music/lyrics on the second PIPER album deeply moving. I acquirred the first LP after having owned the second, and it didn't captivate me quite as much, but I was definitely a PIPER fan!
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.
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Piper are really only known as Billy Squiers band before he was Billy Squier. A lost late 70's artifact of rock n roll. They released these 2 albums Piper and and Can't Wait before disbanding in 1980. Are they any good though? Well yes they are actually. Though to some Squier might be kinda irrelevant. An early 80's commercial rocker who burned out with the polished tuneful radio rock he was playing and the video of him with the pink shirt dancing around did not help either. His first album Tales Of The Tape contained his semi classic The Big Beat and the follow up Don't Say No became one of the great rock albums of the early 80's with jewels like The Stroke, Lonely Is The Night, In The Dark, Too Daze Gone, and My Kinda Lover. Then the follow up was a little more poppier but it was to be his last real good album.

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.
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