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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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Not Fragile

One of the great albums of the early seventies. Sit back in your bean bag chair, look at your felt posters under a black light, and tune out the outside world, just you and your buddies. The first side got a lot more play than the second, but who good side was all you ever really asked for anyway, and whoa baby what a side.

Not Fragile Straight at you!

Had this album as a kid, saw it and downloaded it, i was surprised that i still remember the beats and the lyrics to all 9 songs. than again i played this everyday back then. Free Wheelin' was my fav. off the LP. love that Randy Bachman voice.


This was THE album that awakened me to BTO. Sure, everybody loved "Takin Care of Business" and "Let It Ride"...but this album *defined* my high school senior year. I have owned this album in LP, 8-track, cassette and CD and I never tire of listening to it. Randy's stuttering "b-b-b-b-b-baby, you ain't seen n-n-n-othing yet" never fails to get me singing along. The guitar licks in "Roll on Down the Highway" make it a MUST HAVE road trip tune - it's BEST heard blasting down the interstate at 90+ mph! Then shift gears and take in some "Sledgehammer" and "Rock is My Life, and This is My Song". The guitar and bass is awesome (kick up that subwoofer and crank out "Not Fragile" and see if your neighbors won't hate you). Man, I think I'll go put it on now.......


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 and Brave Belt II), Allan was replaced...
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