It's hard to believe, but there was a point during the '80s that Billy Squier was actually bigger than Def Leppard. Yes, during Squier's 1983 tour in support of his Emotions in Motion album, the Leps were his support act (not for long, however -- by year's end they were an arena headliner in their own right), but as evidenced by Greatest Hits Live, Squier was one of the leading arena rockers from this period. Longtime fans will probably be familiar with this show, as it was previously released as part of the King Biscuit Flower Hour series, but for newcomers, this 14-track set does a fine job of collecting all of Squier's top hits from this period. Included are the two songs that single-handedly kicked off the "Led Zeppelin impersonator" craze that would soon sweep the U.S. -- "The Stroke" and "Lonely Is the Night" -- as well as such additional favorites as "Everybody Wants You," "My Kinda Lover," and "In the Dark." For a faithful snapshot of Billy Squier circa his career apex, Greatest Hits Live is recommended.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato