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  • Audio CD (24 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
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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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By D. J. H. Thorn VINE VOICE on 30 Sept. 2006
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars one of bto's best efforts 28 July 2000
By p dizzle - Published on
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bto was a muscular boogie band from canada, both musically and literally (frontmen randy bachman and fred turner could have played line for any number of football teams! )this album marked the band's commercial breakthrough with the monster hit "takin' care of business" (still heard regularly on office depot commercials) and minor hits "let it ride" and "welcome home." the sound is hard rock from start to finish, but not as metallic as the next effort 'not fragile' would be. the boogie is still here (eg., "business" and "tramp"), as well as a glimpse of mr. bachman's jazz chops (check out the end of "welcome home," an almost completely different song as the band gets into a brubeck groove), as was "blue collar" from their first album. this album captures the live feel, not far removed from the bar room. no studio gimmicks, no subtlety, just power chords and hard rock joy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars W H E W ! ! ! ! ! THIS ONE LEAVES YA EXHAUSTED..... 11 Nov. 2004
By N. N Wahlert - Published on
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BTO's big break in the states........early '74 saw the release of the three-and-a-half-minute single version of "Let It Ride" (this disc's got the full version, with C.F.'s supersonic screaming intact). And "Takin' Care Of Business" saw us all through the summer of '74.

But there's a lot more to this effort--in fact, see if you can make it thru the album's first half without being totally pooped. The opening track, "Blown"--a real "window-smasher" of a rocker--gets the adrenaline pumping right away, to say the least........lead guitarist Randy Bachman's famous "Long-Kamm Slide" is the icing on the cake with this track. It's amazing "Blown," which was the most-played album track on FM stations 30 years back, hasn't made it onto today's rigid Classic Rock playlists.

A Randy Bachman composition, "Welcome Home," is an indication of how wily the man could be; it's not for nothing that he's considered one of rock's great robbers.....hear, for instance, his amusing jazz guitar solo which rounds out the track (after he's all done yelling the song's title at the very top of his lungs for the umpteenth time.

"Stonegates" is five-and-a-half minutes of solid fun. The album begins to sputter and fritz a bit with "Give It Time" and "Tramp" (it hurts that they're both the same tempo and beat); but overall, this is great stuff, still a helluva lotta fun today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars B T O..."Bachman-Turner Overdrive 2"...1973 PolyGram Records, Inc. 11 July 2014
By Kevin B. "0820" - Published on
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I originally bought this album, on vinyl, in June of 1975. On July 5, 2014, I bought this album, in CD format, from Amazon. I'd like to review this album, as follows:

1. "Blown"...This opening song is okay, but it's my LEAST favorite on this album.

2. "Welome Home"...Because of THIS song's title, I think that this should have been the OPENING song, in my opinion. I think that this song is great, in every way possible. I really LOVE this song.

3. "Stonegates"...This song is pretty good. I can remember when it was the Flip Side of the 45 r.p.m. single "Takin' Care Of Business". This song seems to have a country rock feel to it.

4. "Let It Ride"...I always LOVED this song too, but it took me awhile to discover that it was Bachman-Turner Overdrive, until I bought THIS record, in 1975. "Let It Ride" climbed all the way to #23, on the TOP 40 Charts, in 1974.

5. "Give It Time"...This song is pretty good.

6. "Tramp"...I really LOVE this song. It reminds me, in certain parts, of BTO's earlier song "Don't Get Yourself in Trouble", which is a little more INTENSE than "Tramp" is. Another song that kind of reminds me of "Tramp" is the song "On The Radio", by Cheap Trick, from their 1978 album "Heaven Tonight".

7. "I Don't Have To Hide"...This song is pretty decent. It almost feat. an Indian or even a Voodoo beat to it, making this song rather eerie @ times. But it's fun to listen to, anyway.

8. "Takin' Care Of Business"...Here is the hit single that introduced me to Bachman-Turner Overdrive. I loved this song right from the very start. It will always remind me of when I just graduated from High School, in 1974. This hit climbed the TOP 40 charts to #12, in June 1974. I STILL think that THIS song is GREAT. And it seems as though I was hearing "Let It Ride" almost around the SAME time, that I was hearing "Takin' Care Of Business".

This album was originally released in December 1973, making this album over 40 years old, now. And it sure brings back a lot of memories for me. This "Bachman-Turner Overdrive 2" album is highly recommended, by me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Randy's Revenge 11 Aug. 2008
By Philip S. Wolf - Published on
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Bachman-Turner Overdrive is most likely the most under-rated Rock Band of the 1970's. After leaving the Guess Who in 1970 and the failure of Brave Belt to capture any attention, Randy was about left for dead by the Record Companies and Rock Audiences. Burton Cummings was going on in the Rock Magazines about Randy being: "All Washed-Up" and/or a: "Has-Been".

Well, with C.F. Turner on great gruff vocals and brothers Robbie and Tim on drums and guitars, Randy still had the Talent, and with these players, all that was missing between him and the Top of the Charts were the right songs.

This second record by BTO has the Songs, and they are Classic Rock Songs. Some of the best Rock of the 1970's. Song's that are still remembered today, as some of the best of that Decade, are right here on: "Bachman-Turner Overdrive II."

With: "Blown", "Welcome Home" "Stonegates","Let It Ride" & "Takin Care Of Business" all together on one Record, it is easy to see WHY this Record sold millions of copies. There are more Great Songs on this One Record, than many other Bands could muster-up over a 10 Year time span.

Things do get a bit Sub-standard on Side B with: "Tramp" & "I Don't Have To Hide" being weak tunes. The reason for the inclusion of those two, is simple...this Album was rushed out quickly after the release of BTO {The 1st}, if Randy & Fred, had a bit more time to write Tunes, these two wouldn't have made the cut. But to cash-in on the Steamroller that the Band was becoming, Live Concerts were generating lot's of new Fans in 1973 {I saw them in September of that year, and they were Rock Solid Excellent.}. The sales of the first LP were constant, it was selling more copies every month. This Band was on the edge of Major Stardom, we knew it and the Record Company was aware that Teenagers of 1973 were starvin' for some plain & simple: "ROCK" Music. Groups such as Yes and Emerson, Lake & Palmer were the most popular acts of the day, and in-between those Synths sneaks in a Group of Guitar Slingers that HAD the riffs and Leads that we were waiting for. Randy Bachman is a real smart Guy, the reason for Bachman-Turner Overdrives MASSIVE success in 1974 was that he was wise enough to KEEP IT SIMPLE !!! This is Music that we could try to play in our garages, and Randy just like John Fogerty of CCR knew that, this Music was the Key.

Yeah, there are some clinkers on this one, but it is almost a: "Greatest Hits" Record, all by itself. BTO Became big, Big, BIG because of this Record and the one that came next. Burton Cummings had some egg on his face when Randy started collecting Gold Records by the Truckload & Wheelbarrels full of cash because of these songs.

This is a Great Record, this is Great Rock Music, Randy had his Day and this is it.
Four Stars !!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of the Bachman-Turner Overdrive II CD 25 Aug. 2015
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I've always placed BTO among the elites for comedic rock and roll. This often hilarious, but actually quite good album was my very first exposure to their sound. I know that the guys were NOT trying to be funny, but as almost always happens we often end doing the exact opposite of our stated intent. A friend of mine had seen their show in early 1974 when Blair Thornton had just begun touring and recording with the band. . I you could have seen his trying to imitate these guys on stage, you would understand why I put so much of their music in the "musical comedy" realm. Don't get me wrong about these guys. I really DO appreciate their work immensely, but I simply cannot hear one of their songs without chuckling to myself. I'm REALLY glad that this music was eventually transferred to the CD format.
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