Bachman–Turner Overdrive aka BTO was a Canadian Rock band who was very popular during the 1970s. The original lineup consisted of Randy Bachman (lead guitar, lead vocals), Fred Turner (bass guitar, lead vocals), Tim Bachman (guitar, vocals) and Robbie Bachman (drums).
This web-page describes a selection of their success vinyl albums during the perioed 1974-1984.
Bachman Turner Overdrive, often abbreviated as BTO, is a Canadian rock band that was formed in 1972. The band was founded by Randy Bachman, who was a guitarist and vocalist for the popular Canadian rock band The Guess Who. BTO consisted of Randy Bachman, his brother Tim Bachman, Fred Turner and Rob Bachman. Over the years, the band underwent several lineup changes, but the core members remained the same.
BTO's sound was characterized by its bluesy, hard-driving rock and roll and the band's classic rock and roll arrangements, which were heavily influenced by the British Invasion bands of the 1960s. They were also known for their high-energy live performances, which were characterized by their powerful vocals, electrifying guitar solos, and explosive drumming.
The band's breakthrough came in 1974 with the release of their second album, "Not Fragile", which became a massive commercial success. The album contained one of the band's biggest hits, "Takin' Care of Business", which quickly became a staple of classic rock radio and remains one of the band's most recognizable songs to this day. Other popular tracks from the album included "Rock is My Life, and This is My Song", "Roll On Down the Highway", and "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet".
Over the next few years, BTO continued to release a string of successful albums, including "Four Wheel Drive", "Head On", and "Freeways". The band's albums were marked by their catchy, upbeat tunes and powerful guitar riffs, and they quickly became favorites among classic rock fans. BTO's songs were often about the working-class, and their lyrics reflected the band's blue-collar roots, with songs about trucks, highways, and life on the road.
Despite their success, BTO's popularity began to wane in the late 1970s, and the band broke up in 1977. However, their music has continued to endure, and their classic tracks remain popular to this day. In the years since their breakup, the band has reformed several times, and they continue to tour and perform to this day.
Bellaphon SUN 250-13-016 , 1991 , Germany
This album "BACHMAN TURNER OVERDRIVE - BTO 1984 album Sun records" Bachman–Turner Overdrive (Sometimes referred to as Hard And Fast) is the ninth studio album by Canadian rock band Bachman–Turner Overdrive, released in 1984. This is the only BTO studio album done without Robbie Bachman on drums.Show Details
Mercury SRM-1-1027 , 1975 , USA
"Bachman-Turner Overdrive's 1975 release, 'Four Wheel Drive,' showcased the Canadian rock band's prowess. Produced by Randy Bachman, the 12" vinyl LP delivered a blend of energetic rock and blues-infused tracks. With hits like 'Hey You' and the title track, the album solidified BTO's presence in the music scene, leaving a lasting imprint on the classic rock genre."Show Details
Mercury AA 6338 516 , 1974 , Germany
Released in 1974, "Not Fragile" marked a pivotal moment for Canadian rock band Bachman-Turner Overdrive. The album, a potential response to Yes' "Fragile," showcased a distinctive blend, often likened to a fusion of Black Sabbath and early ZZ Top. With chart-topping singles like "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" and "Roll On Down The Highway," the album became BTO's most celebrated, solidifying their prominence in the rock music landscape.Show Details