Tale of the Tape/Don't Say No

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/2004
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261206244
  • Catalog Number: 624
  • Sales rank: 56,206

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Big Beat (3:39)
  2. 2 Calley Oh (4:08)
  3. 3 Rich Kid (4:41)
  4. 4 Like I'm Lovin' You (3:11)
  5. 5 Who Knows What a Love Can Do (3:42)
  6. 6 You Should Be High Love (4:20)
  7. 7 Who's Your Boyfriend (3:37)
  8. 8 The Music's All Right (5:50)
  9. 9 Young Girls (4:15)
  10. 10 In the Dark (4:09)
  11. 11 The Stroke (3:38)
  12. 12 My Kinda Lover (3:34)
  13. 13 You Know What I Like (2:57)
  14. 14 Too Daze Gone (4:08)
  15. 15 Lonely Is the Night (4:41)
  16. 16 Whadda You Want from Me (3:45)
  17. 17 Nobody Knows (4:19)
  18. 18 I Need You (3:52)
  19. 19 Don't Say No (3:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Squier Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
David Sancious Synthesizer, Keyboards
Richard T. Bear Keyboards
Bucky Ballard Bass
Ernest Carter Percussion
Bobby Chouinard Drums
Mark Clarke Bass, Background Vocals
Alan St. Jon Synthesizer, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Bruce Kulick Guitar
Alex Ligertwood Background Vocals
Cary Sharraf Guitar
Ellen Todd Choir Director
Woodstock Children's Chorus Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Billy Squier Composer, Producer
Desmond Child Composer
George Marino Mastering
Eddy Offord Producer
Alan Robinson Liner Notes
Wally Traugott Mastering
Bob Heimall Art Direction
Spencer Drate Art Direction
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