Harsh, loud, heavy and obnoxious raw-power: definitely not fragile …you ain't seen nonononothing yet !!!
Classicrock Winnipeg-style, it's all in the family. After bailing out of THE GUESS WHO, Randy Bachman led the way along brother Robbie, brother Tim and new creative partner C.F. Turner to new heights ...the boys were on a mission: bring rock to the forefront.
This well-oiled machine had a name: BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE. Having being rejected by every record-companies under the sun, they finally signed with Mercury Records and released their self-titled debut in 1973, to a rock-hungry audience. Three's a charm and Not Fragile is no exception. 1974's blue-collar RAM-style rocknroll shook the nation to it's very core: a heavier ZEP, a bluesier SABBATH, a crunchier PURPLE ...well how about all of the above !
They took care of business, please give 'em your money !
The ass-kickin' begins with the hard-hittin' title track, proving with a single Titanic power-chord that BTO is the real deal. "Roll On Down The Highway" is a full-on 18-wheel-semi pushin' n' shovin' track. Raging through the TCH, this piece is the perfect ride-along song for those long hard graveyard-shifts, catchy heavyrock, nothing more nothing less.
The progressive instrumental "Free Wheelin" displays the band's musical prowess, as it includes a: guitar solo, bass solo and drum solo throughout the 3:46sec overdriven exhibition, instant magic ! "Sledgehammer" is a Mike Tyson-type punch-out, the jaw-breakin' power-chord rings aloud as C.F. shouts: "You're like a sledgehammer baby - You've been hittin' on my mind", while the boogie-type "Blue Moanin" kept foot stompin' worldwide.
"You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" is the boomer's best known track and the now universal FM-classicrock smash hit. From backyard BBQs to local bars, to rock-clubs to the Forums of the world, "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" is a hardrock anthem of the mid-70s …as it rubbed shoulders with other heavy-hitters like: "We're An American Band", "School's Out" and "La Grange". Some of us were probably conceived during that very song, ask yer mom !!! The song that almost wasn't, as Randy Bachman wrote it as a joke to taunt his brother's stuttering. Little did he know, history would elevate this track as one of Canada's most recognizable songs and a staple in the hardrock realm. Sometimes the easiest of formulas are the best: simple verse and a heavy chorus ...with a t-t-t-twist !
45 years later, the Gold-certified selling Not Fragile LP still pays the bills for Randy Bachman, not only an Officer of the Order Of Canada, Canada's Walk Of Fame inductee and Juno winner, but also rock-royalty to millions of fans, especially here in the Great White North. While RUSH took the torch, the fire was initially lit by Randy and BTO !
Hail Rock-n-Roll !
Happy Canada-day !
You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet - video
Roll On Down The Highway - video
Live in Detroit in 1974
Reunited: BACHMAN & TURNER live in 2010
Randy tells all in 2017
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