Hits You Remember: Live

Billy Squier

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Hits You Remember: Live Review

by Greg Prato

It seemed like his residency at the top of the charts was fleeting, but for a while, Billy Squier's arena rock flame sure burned brightly. And Squier's equal-parts Robert Plant/Freddie Mercury vocal delivery is prominently displayed throughout his entry in the budget-priced series Hits You Remember: Live. Recorded during at the apex of his popularity -- while touring in support of 1982's Emotions in Motion (his second consecutive number five album stateside) -- nearly all of the expected favorites are included. Showcased are rocking (yet slightly ragged at times) versions of "Everybody Wants You," "The Stroke" (which includes some arena-worthy vocalizing between Squier and the crowd), and "My Kinda Lover," as well as lesser-known tracks from early in Squier's solo career, like "Too Daze Gone." But the whole purpose of live albums is for artists to use the crowd's energy to hand in electrified versions of their songs, and all in all, these live takes don't improve on the better-known studio versions. As a result, you're better off sticking with any of the countless budget-priced Squier "studio hits" collections (Best Of, Absolute Hits, etc.).

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