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.