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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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)
  • Anniversary ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B003PTP4Z4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,426 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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When I first bought the original album back in 1981, it was on the basis of the smash song THE STROKE. I had also heard IN THE DARK, so I decided to take a chance on this scruffy looking rocker named Billy Squier. Let's just say that I wore that album out!!! Besides the aforementioned songs, LONELY IS THE NIGHT and MY KINDA LOVER were every bit as good. There were no fillers on that album. My only problem was the sound left a little to be desired. It sounded like it had been recorded in a room devoid of acoustics. It was too compressed, and the audio was like listening to music with a finger in both ears! Ahhhh, but thank the record companies for their greed. Yes, they play on our nostalgic nerve to buy the same music again, but this can be a good thing, too. The 30th Anniversary Edition is, by far, a major sonic improvement! One can practically feel Billy plucking the guitar strings, the drumming sounds crisper, and the bass has excellent depth. The sound is so outstanding, I got goosebumps! Plus, it was remastered at a listenable recording level with great dynamic range. On Billy's updated CD, there is the obligatory bonus songs (Live versions of THE STROKE and MY KINDA LOVER from '09.), which are pretty good. In all, I highly recommend this CD for your music collection. If a first time listener and new fan, this is what hard rock music was all about back in the day before the Auto Tune ruined the radio air waves. Just DON'T SAY NO to this CD.
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