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Not Fragile, Bachman Turner Overdrive, 1974
Not Fragile was Bachman Turner Overdrive's third album, but those of you who only know BTO through Smashie and Nicey's overplaying of 'You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet' might be pleasantly surprised by the contents of this album. If hard rock is your bag, then Not Fragile is certainly going to be right up your street.
Bachman Turner Overdrive was the combination of Randy Bachman (founding member of The Guess Who) and Fred Turner who after forming BTO went on to sell over 7 million records and achieved 6 top ten singles. Some of their most well known songs are 'Takin' Care of Business', 'Let It Ride' and the aforementioned 'You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet'.
By the time it got around to recording their third album, BTO had started to refine their hard rocking sound. Since the last album the band had replaced Tim Bachman with Blair Thornton who helped BTO achieve a dual guitar sound - a new development and something that the band employed to full effect on Not Fragile. It has since been compared to a cross between Mountain and early ZZ Top - high praise indeed for a heavy rock outfit like BTO.
Not Fragile gets off to a cracking start with the album's title track. Distortion frenzy abounds with some driving hard rock guitar and howling vocals. It grounds you into the ground like a piledriver and sets you right for the next 36 minutes.
My favourite track on the album was the brilliant 'Sledgehammer' which does as the title suggests. The song builds with a quality riff and some excellent vocals. This is the sort of song you want to have turned up at the highest possible volume to annoy your neighbours!
And then there is 'You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet'. It's almost impossible to hear this track as part of this album as it has become so ingrained on everyone's psyche. It appears on nearly every single rock compilation going and IS a classic song - but is so overplayed its untrue. I've read that the song is a steal from The Who - copying both 'My Generation' and 'Baba O'Riley', but is a great song in its own right.
Not Fragile was recorded at a time when arena rock was in its infancy, but here they start to draw up the blueprint for what later became the norm. Rock albums also around this time were also quite sludgy and murky - here the sound is crisp and well produced. Not Fragile is an amazing album. Better than 'II' in many ways, gone is the proggy noodling and in comes some heavy riffage and powerful rock vocals. Immense.
1. "Not Fragile" (Turner) - 4:06
2. "Rock Is My Life, and This Is My Song" (Randy Bachman) - 5:00
3. "Roll On Down The Highway" (Turner, Rob Bachman) - 3:58
4. "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" (Randy Bachman) - 3:54
5. "Free Wheelin'" (Thornton) - 3:45
6. "Sledgehammer" (Randy Bachman) - 4:34 "Blue Moanin'" (Turner) - 3:44
7. "Second Hand" (Randy Bachman) - 3:24
8. "Givin' It All Away" (Thornton) - 3:49
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Not Fragile
2 Rock Is My Life, And This Is My Song
3 Roll On Down The Highway
4 You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet - Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Randy Bachman
5 Free Wheelin
7 Blue Moanin'
8 Second Hand
9 Givin It All Away