Category: Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Bachman Turner Overdrive – Gold

ARTIST: Bachman Turner Overdrive

TITLE: Gold

YEAR RELEASED: Compilation

CHART ACTION:  None

SINGLES (Charting): Blue Collar (#68 US), Let It Ride (#23 US), Takin’ Care of Business (#12 US), You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet (#1 US, #2 UK), Roll On Down the Highway (#14 US, #22 UK), Hey You (#21 US), Take It Like a Man (#33 US), Lookin’ Out for #1 (65 US), Gimme Your Money Please (#70 US), Heartaches (#60 US)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: If you do, you don’t need this.

LINEUP: Randy Bachman, Fred Turner, Robbie Bachman. Tim Bachman was there at first, then Blair Thornton replaced him. Randy left in 1977 and Jim Clench replaced him. Then the reunions…Oh, they got Little Richard to play on their fifth album.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Generous (to say the least) compilation of Canada’s meat-and-potatoes 70’s rock band.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: I always go for comps with too many songs (knowing I can exile them) than not enough, and I tell you what, this comp for Bachman Turner Overdive is…too much.

For one, they have six tracks from three of their first four albums (the first, meh). That’s 2/3 of the tracks from those records They give as much weight to their later albums where they had no inspiration than their earlier ones, where Randy at least tried a bit. The songs also had a tendency to overstay their welcome. (Jam on, BTO). And then they slow it down and try to be jazzy. That’s not foolin’ anyone, you know.

Maybe you should just grab their first four records and weed out the bad cuts? A compilation of a band like this is supposed to do that. But it’s got some worthy tracks not on the smaller compilations. Thank goodness for exile.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: In Canada, they had seven top 10 singles. But even there, their last few records tanked.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: If it was any more deluxe it would just be the damn albums.

GRADE B-:  A nice 16-to-20 track anthology would have done, you guys. I kept 19 out of 35 (I’m generous too).   

Bachman-Turner Overdrive – Bachman-Turner Overdrive

ARTIST: Bachman-Turner Overdrive

TITLE: Bachman-Turner Overdrive

YEAR RELEASED: 1973

CHART ACTION: #70

SINGLES: Gimme Your Money Please, Little Gandy Dancer, Blue Collar (#68)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nope

LINEUP: Randy Bachman, Tim Bachman, C.F. Turner, Robbie Bachman

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Brave Belt becomes BTO

 SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After leaving the Guess Who, and then forming Brave Belt with his brother Robbie and former Guess Who singer Chad Allan, Randy Bachman lost a record deal, and got another one as he simplified (or dumbified) his sound and added another brother and C. F. Turner.

The result was a simple rock album that didn’t show any of the inventiveness or lyrical bite of Randy Bachman’s work with the Guess Who. It was basic rock, and this debut didn’t even have some of the hooks or riffs that highlight their later work.

There’s a really bad song from Tim Bachman (ooof), a weird pre-chorus in “Don’t Get Yourself in Trouble”, and leaden songs throughout, except for “Blue Collar”, and that lasts about two minutes too long. This one is a slog even at 35 minutes and half of the eight songs exiled.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The demo tape was labelled Brave Belt III.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.

 

GRADE C-: They’d do worse, but that’s not praise.