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5.0 out of 5 stars The last great album of the before time
When i first bought this album, I wasn't expecting too much to be honest. I picked it up on cassette at a car boot sale somewhere in surrey I think? Anyway, after listening to it in my metro on the way to work, and i soon realised what a great anthemic piece of work it was, one of those albums where you would be sad to hear a track end, then happy when the next one...
Published on 12 Jun 2005

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3.0 out of 5 stars Feelgood boogie
BTO were never going to change the face of rock music but what they did they usually did well. Their biggest asset was Randy Bachman's ability to conjure up a polished production without losing any of the band's powerful, crunching dynamics. The lyrics and music are for the most part cliched, but it's that feelgood factor that counts. This album is largely in the same...
Published on 30 Sep 2006 by D. J. H. Thorn


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The last great album of the before time, 12 Jun 2005
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This review is from: Bto II (Audio CD)
When i first bought this album, I wasn't expecting too much to be honest. I picked it up on cassette at a car boot sale somewhere in surrey I think? Anyway, after listening to it in my metro on the way to work, and i soon realised what a great anthemic piece of work it was, one of those albums where you would be sad to hear a track end, then happy when the next one started. All in all, one of my favourite albums of the last 5 years, that I have obtained. The best thing though is when i hear the intro to takin' care of business, then I know I havce arrived at something special. Yum Yum
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Feelgood boogie, 30 Sep 2006
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D. J. H. Thorn "davethorn13" (Hull, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bto II (Audio CD)
BTO were never going to change the face of rock music but what they did they usually did well. Their biggest asset was Randy Bachman's ability to conjure up a polished production without losing any of the band's powerful, crunching dynamics. The lyrics and music are for the most part cliched, but it's that feelgood factor that counts. This album is largely in the same vein as their major hit, 'You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet', which they would record the following year, its bassy, hard rocking sound laced with funky guitar rhythms.

'Welcome Home' and 'I Don't Have To Hide' are the only tracks that deviate from the usual formula. The former is alternately mellow and loud with some inexplicable jazz at the end. The latter is reminiscent of the feel of songs like 'Witch Queen Of New Orleans' and 'Indian Reservation'.

'Let It Ride' is one of the two better-known tracks on the album. Though one of BTO's lighter items, it regularly features on their hit compilations. The outstanding track is 'Takin' Care Of Business' with its delicious Stones-like opening bars. Status Quo recognised the song's potential, including it on one of their covers albums.

'BTO II' isn't essential by any means, but should be a welcome addition to the collection of any fan of good-time 1970s rock.
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