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Album Review

After gaining some recognition from the success of the band's previous album, Bachman-Turner Overdrive got around to recording Not Fragile. Not only had one of the three Bachman brothers (Tim, the rhythm guitarist) left the band to BTO's advantage, but Randy Bachman and C.F. Turner had clearly grown musically. To the album's benefit, most of the material on Not Fragile are the band's much-liked rock anthems, ranging from the hyper-distorted title track, through the famous but far more timid song "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet." Indeed, for hard rock fanatics, it doesn't come much better than on Not Fragile. Randy's electrifying lead guitar is here more raucous than ever before, as are his rowdy vocals (particularly noticeable on the predictable, but fun "Sledgehammer"). The man steals the show on Not Fragile through his extensive and often astounding guitar solos. Generally, though, Bachman-Turner Overdrive are at their prime as a whole, both in songwriting and playing terms. As regards the mixing, it's hard to find fault with this release. The drums are clear but not so prominent that they dominate the recording, while the guitars, along with the bass, are kept rigidly in their place. Not Fragile is one of the finest arena rock albums of the era, featuring all the hallmarks of what makes a classic release in the genre. Randy's impressive guitar work and typically boisterous vocals complement the overall framework of the album superbly, as do the crunchy rhythm guitars. This release will astound fans of the genre and band, while those thoroughly against stadium rock may find something to convert their views.

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The Album that Ruled My Life

I am now more than 40 years young, and this album was the first one i bought! Why? Well my older brother was listening to Rush, Led Zep, and all sorts of good bands, and I wanted to crush his sound with a band that can do it all... BTO is that band! Every single track screams out at ya, this is THE music to get. DO NOT DEPRIVE yourself of the heaviest, hardest hitting, crazy good music Canada has to offer... NOT FRAGILE has it all... and i quote from that song... "Do you ask why we play heavy music? Well, are THUNDERHEADS just another cloud?? NOT FRAGILE! OVER YOU! " Rock is my life.... and BTO is my song - Great Gazoo

Pure GREATEST

It's just one of those albums you keep forever.....and ever...the best BTO

Biography

Formed: 1972 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Following his 1970 departure from the Guess Who, guitarist Randy Bachman recorded a solo album (Axe) and planned a project with ex-Nice keyboardist Keith Emerson (later canceled due to illness) before forming Bachman-Turner Overdrive in 1972. Originally called "Brave Belt," the metal group was comprised of singer/guitarist Bachman, fellow Guess Who alum Chad Allan, bassist C.F. "Fred" Turner, and Randy's brother, drummer Robbie; after a pair of LPs (Brave Belt I...
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