Live at the Roseland Ballroom NYC [Blu-ray]
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First, the band had a really nice heaviness that was so direct it was primal. Not to waste that the band also had some pop sensibility as witnessed by their classic "Takin' Care of Business" monster hit. Too many casual fans simply stop there and it's their loss. This DVD really shows what a jewel of a bassist C.F. Turner is. He is heavy as any helacious bass player should be, but he's also really delicate running all around the fretboard to make melody counter-points that hit like a "sledgehammer" (pun intended). Bass simply doesn't get better even if it gets more intricate. Let's not stop here...C.F. is one of the best guttural sounding vocalists I've ever heard because he actually has a bit of range to go with it as well as a sensibility where he can be raw (American Woman) or emotive (Blue Collar). This guy is a huge reason BTO is even more than the sum of the individual parts. C.F. Turner is king here.
But wait, there is also one of the most under-rated guitarists of the entire rock genre also on-board. Randy Bachman would simply be the uber-guitar god if he looked like Steve Vai. He doesn't look like Steve Vai, however, but he's actually just as talented. He's in a way smarter because he has made that talent so accessible, and melodic, that in it's supreme goodness it gets overlooked. Not so much here though!Read more ›
With an array of metal framed beams for mounting lighting adorning the stage of the Rosewood Ballroom in New York City, the setting seems somewhat appropriate, as BTO used metal gears as their symbol. For a couple of 67 year old guys, Randy Bachman and Fred Turner, are still amazing performers. They still sport beards, although they have turned white, and seem to be in good health, and in very good spirits. These grizzled veteran rockers from Winnipeg, Canada, are truly an inspiration, as they power their way through the 92 minute performance, that is a testament to their enduring love for rock. Randy's playing is rock solid, as he handles nearly all of the lead guitar parts, despite there being two other guitarists onstage. Remarkably, Fred's voice sounds just as gruff and powerful as it did in BTO's glory years, still capable of sending chills up your spine.
Bachman Turner Overdrive was a remarkably talented band, capable of producing some diverse music. With Randy Bachman's soft singing voice, contrasting with Fred Turner's gravelly growl, the band had kind of a Yin and Yang thing going musically, particularly as early on, the band incorporated jazz elements and cool time changes. Played at little slower pace, the songs can be appreciated like a fine wine, and still delivers quite a kick. Rounding out the band are Marc Lafrance on drums, and guitarists Mick Dalla-Vee and Brent Howard Knudsen.Read more ›
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Believe it or not Bachman & Turner came to the Alaska State Fair in Palmer Alaska last summer. It was pouring down rain but that does not stop a Alaska outdoor concert. Read morePublished 13 months ago by James Tyree
This is an outstanding show. I never realized what an excellent bass player Fred Turner is until seeing him on this DVD. Read morePublished 14 months ago by GTRJUNKIE
this one will definitely bring back memories for you excellent DVDPublished 14 months ago by mike davis
Bachman & Turner and the Guess Who are on my favorites list.Published 15 months ago by Bryan Scott Johnston