Friday, April 13, 2012

BTO - Freeways

BTO...Freeways.  Here are the TLA (three letter acronyms) bands that should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Starting with BTO.  Then, REO, UFO, ELO, ELP, and XTC.  More on that list later, but back to BTO.  This is Freeways, the sixth studio album by Canadian rock band Bachman–Turner Overdrive, released in 1977.  It was the last album that Randy Bachman would be a part of with BTO, until the "reunion" in 1983.  This is also the last studio album to be made with the classic and successful "Not Fragile" line up.  It was the first BTO studio album to become a commercial failure, featuring the first BTO single that did not chart ("My Wheels Won't Turn").  Randy Bachman wrote every song besides "Life Still Goes On."  Many of BTO's core fans did not like the album as it was not the heavy, guitar driven rock n' roll that BTO was known for.  Fred Turner was reportedly so unhappy with this album that he wouldn't allow a straight-on picture of himself to be used on the cover, saying he felt like a "side man."  This album was one of the last albums to reach the charts by any formation of BTO.  The 8-track tape version of this album has the distinction of being one of the few 8-tracks that is arranged exactly like the album, with no song breaks.

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