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Bachman-Turner Overdrive

4.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 3, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records / Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001FQ7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,321 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Trust me on this one folks... if you love down to earth, foot stomping, feel good rock and roll, get this album. Anyone that loves Takin Care of Business or Roll on Down The Highway will think those tunes were just afterthoughts. This is the real deal. You want energy?... you want power?... you wanna boogie???...then by all means...get this album! This is what BTO is all about. This is what got people to sit up and take notice, however, they were forced to produce album number 2 before this one even had the chance of being heard. Being a fan of BTO in the early 70's, I can't help but realize that these guys seemed to get shoved waaaayyyy to quickly towards stuff like "Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" and "Hey You". To really appreciate what these guys were all about you have to get this album. Trust me, it stands the test of time. In today's world of tecno-pop and all the other garbage that gets shoved down our throats, here is an album that will refresh your memory as to what good ole fashioned, raw, full-bodied rock'n roll is all about. For anyone that goes out and buys a new sports car... or just wants to drive down the road carefree for awhile...pop this album on for the duration. I promise...you'll come back from that drive feeling rejuvenated. BTO at their best...I knew it then when I was 14...and still know it now at 43! Songs that stand out on the album...Gimme Your Money Please... Hold Back The Water...Little Gandy Dancer...Stayed Awake All Night... Don't Get Yourself In Trouble...Down and Out Man... I haven't even mentioned "Blue Collar", which was the hit from the album! These guys will be back!!! On a side note... it was said that John Bonham of Led Zeppelin was a "banger" as a drummer. Funny thing is he was and still is considered one of the best all time rock drummers. All I have to say is, that if you like "bangin" and deep, tight, strong sounding drums, then lemme tell ya Robbie Bachman delivers 100% in the same manner on this outing! Go get it!
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BTO does one of the best jobs of using the rock guitar to its potential of any group in history. They also mix it with melodic arrangements, and the result is several all-time gems. This album and 'Head On' are must rock albums. One of my five favorite bands ever, I'd buy anything with BTO or Randy Bachman on the label.
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Some bands need time to get up to stride; others come up with their best stuff when they still toiled in relative obscurity. BTO fits in the latter. Their first album is easily their best, starting off right away with "Gimme Your Money Please", a tune sure to please with the heavy guitar riffs and snarling vocals of C F Turner. That's followed by "Hold Back the Water", which was the flip side of the single "Blue Collar", which is also great. You may remember "Blue Collar" as a bluesy tune; unfortunately the band never explored that side of their music much, because this track works. Other good tracks include "Stayed Awake All Night" and "Down and Out Man", a rare vocal by early member Tim Bachman. Commercial success probably led them to go down the safe and easy path with subsequent releases, although their fourth album "Four Wheel Drive" rebounds a bit before the band personnel changed and BTO plummeted. This album and "Four Wheel Drive" are the ones you want. If you're a fan, the other albums work, too. But this is their best one, hands down.
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I give this release 3.5 stars its their debut album and debut releases are not always the best releases but you have to start some where. I listen to it but not as often as some of their late releases. I consider it a springboard for what was down the road.
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This is BTO's first album, originally released back in 1972. The cuts are outstanding - "Blue Collar" and "Hold Back the Water" alone are worth the price of admission here. Buy this to understand why BTO became what they were, and why, simply, they are the best damn band in the world.
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I pretty much grew up on BTO in the early 1970s, owning copies of "BTO II" and "Not Fragile" on 8-track tape of all things! It was only later, when I graduated into buying vinyl records in my late teens that I discovered this album, their debut recording. Wow! Yow! and Zowee! This one blows anything else they ever recorded out of the musical water!

Sure, the band had much bigger hits later on, and maybe some of those "hit" songs still rank among their best, but for sheer power, tunefullness, and energy, this debut album/CD is the one to get. Not a dud track in the whole bunch. In fact, some of these songs certainly DO rank with the very best recordings that BTO ever made, an interesting hybrid of hard rock, jazz, blues, and a bit of pop. Honestly, they could have pulled 5 or 6 songs off here as singles and they would of/could of been huge hits. The songcraft is that good.

If you thought BTO was nothing more than "Taking Care of Business", listen to this great album and turn your head around. A "no doubt about it" classic.
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BTO's 1973 debut, and 1984 swan song, have similar titles and similar gear logos. The songs are different (duh). But Amazon has linked all reviews for both these albums together, so people don't know which album they're reviewing. I personally prefer the 1973 debut, but the 1984 swan song was an overlooked gem, and won't disappoint longtime BTO fans. My personal BTO album ranking is:

1. Not Fragile
2. Four Wheel Drive
3. BTO (1973)
4. Head On
5. BTO II
6. Freeways
7. BTO (1984)
8. Street Action
9. Rock & Roll Nights
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