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Not Fragile (5.1 Music Disc) [DVD AUDIO]
Not Fragile (5.1 Music Disc) [DVD AUDIO]

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three guitars, plus drums = nine classic tracks on one CD., 6 Jan 2001
When I listen to this album I can't believe it was recorded over 25 years ago. Its a classic rock album with good natured lyrics and brilliant lead solos by Randy Bachman and Blair Thornton. Although BTO are remembered for 'You Ain't Nothing Yet' the album 'Not Fragile' shows that these old rockers were an all round class act. No keyboards mare this guitar-drum band. Every track is catchy, every track has a satisfying guitar break. To describe each of the nine tracks individually could be considered a waste of time. Every track is good. But here are some highlights: The title track 'Not Fragile' is wonderfully understated as it starts with its clean base line before the power chords and drums blast your eardrums. 'Rock is My Life, and This is My Song' is a musicians track, balanced and educated with a drive that steadily increases as the song progresses. 'Second Hand' is for all those air guitarists. Safety Warning: If your driving while listening to this track remember the speed limit! If you have ever wondered what all those pedals are at the feet of guitarists, the shiny one Randy and Blair use on this track makes 'that' sound and is called a 'wah-wah'. I wonder why? 'Givin' it All Away' concludes the album. It is fast and boppy, and may make you want to dance over to your CD player and hear the whole album over again!


Not Fragile
Not Fragile
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Price: £5.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Handle with care: This is classic rock with drive!, 6 Jan 2001
This review is from: Not Fragile (Audio CD)
When I listen to this album I can't believe it was recorded over 25 years ago. Its a classic rock album with good natured lyrics and brilliant lead solos by Randy Bachman and Blair Thornton. Although BTO are remembered for 'You Ain't Nothing Yet' the album 'Not Fragile' shows that these old rockers were an all round class act. No keyboards mare this guitar-drum band. Every track is catchy, every track has a satisfying guitar break. To describe each of the nine tracks individually could be considered a waste of time. Every track is good. But here are some highlights: The title track 'Not Fragile' is wonderfully understated as it starts with its clean base line before the power chords and drums blast your eardrums. 'Rock is My Life, and This is My Song' is a musicians track, balanced and educated with a drive that steadily increases as the song progresses. 'Second Hand' is for all those air guitarists. Safety Warning: If your driving while listening to this track remember the speed limit! If you have ever wondered what all those pedals are at the feet of guitarists, the shiny one Randy and Blair use on this track makes 'that' sound and is called a 'wah-wah'. I wonder why? 'Givin' it All Away' concludes the album. It is fast and boppy, and may make you want to dance over to your CD player and hear the whole album over again!


Ride On
Ride On
Price: £8.71

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seventies rock with 2K attitude, 6 Jan 2001
This review is from: Ride On (Audio CD)
Some rock music is just to tame and precise. The best live music should be a little sweaty, a little raw. 'Ride On', half of which was recorded live should be played loud and enjoyed. The three-piece band led by Alvin Lee is tight, powerful and gritty. If you like excellent lead guitar breaks listen to 'Ain't nothing Shakin', taken from the 'Rocket Fuel' album it confirms Alvin has lost none of his speed! The classic 'Hey Joe' is as close to Hendrix as you might care to get, but with added attitude. TYA fans may remember the 'Recorded Live' version of 'Going Home'; it was a sculpted piece of work. The 'Ride On' version leaves it standing. Its got more drive than even the 'original' Woodstock recording and is a energy packed 8.46 minutes. The studio tracks have an American feel (ZZ Top). The gem is 'It's a Gaz'. Hard to describe and harder not to hum after you have heard it a few times. 'Too Much', 'Sittin' Here' and 'Can't Sleep At Night' are formula rock, a bit of power chord, nondescript lyrics and stomping lead solos. The odd ball track 'Ride On Cowboy' is almost easy listening and not the first track to play. As part of this album it can be enjoyed because it gives you time to breath, even if the air has a distinct 'country' whiff. Much of seventies music is well past its sell by date, however 'Ride On' is not even crispy around the edges and well worth a listen.


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