"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."
Billy Squier's Suprisingly Good 2nd Band Twofer!
Jeff Feezle | Indiana | 01/05/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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) 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 (Captiol 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.
A bit of interesting trivia: Bruce Kulick, guitarist from KISS, was also in this original formation of Piper.
TRACKLIST : "Self-Titled CD" 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 (Jagger) 8. 42nd Street 9. Can't Live with Ya/ Can't Live Without Ya
"CAN'T WAIT" - 10. Can't Wait 11. Drop by and Stay 12. See Me Through 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
Review by Jeff Feezle 1/2010 "
PIPER ROCKS! AMAZON ROCKS!
michael | 06/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Had these on LP! Now to have them on CD is great! Amazon Rocks! They always have hard to find CD's"
Great stuff !
Robert Cato | San Gabriel Valley, CA | 08/31/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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.
The Elusive Piper CD's
Artman | Phila,Pa. | 07/06/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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 anywhere.Not bad.Not bad at all but it was nothing compared to the hype that it received.It is exactly what you think it would be.It sounds like an unpolished,unproduced early album from Billy Squire.I will listen from time to time.If you love Billy Squire than this is a Must,but if you are a moderate,curious fan like myself you may want to think twice about purchasing them."