Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Bachman-Turner Overdrive II (1973) - takin' care of you-know-what

The 8-track, a genuine 1970s artifact

I've been listening to this on my iPod while walking to work. Back in the 70s I had it on eight-track tape. A magical medium the eight-track was, plastic casing with the cover glued on - usually resulting in bubbles and folds - and of course a song or two interrupted in mid-play for the track to change. Still, it was pretty cool for a few years at least and was around for the entirety of the 1970s.

Bachman-Turner Overdrive was also around for most of the 1970s. They formed in 1973 and released two albums that year, including this one, the imaginatively titled "II". It's good straight ahead working class rock 'n roll and included their first smash singles "Let it Ride" and "Takin' Care Of Business". There are some other decent songs, notably "Welcome Home" and "Tramp", and some surprisingly nimble guitar work from Randy Bachman. Not the greatest band ever, but an enjoyable album that I remember with fondness.

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