Bachman Turner Overdrive were the sort of band in their heyday who turned out catchy unpretentious good-time pop-rock tunes with the accent very much on drive and grit with occasional hints of sophistication. Fred Turner had an incredibly distinctive bear growling voice and the guitar team of Randy Bachman and Blair Thornton were as good as anyone else ploughing the boogie furrow at that time. Really though, they were a singles band whose albums could fairly be described as uneven. Still it is hard to argue with tunes like 'Roll on Down the Highway', 'Gimme Your Money Please' and of course 'You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet'. It is noticeable as we get to the end of the second disc, quality starts to waver somewhat, symptomatic of the fact that the group simply snarled their gears up with overworking a fairly basic formula.
There are thirty five tracks on this beautifully re-mastered twofer and most of them are high grade rock. The prime of BTO came with 1974's 'Not Fragile', perhaps the only truly essential album in their catalogue and it is well represented here. For most casual fans this set is more then enough BTO to satisfy their needs. Guitarists out there should listen closely to Randy Bachman. He is not only a great rock guitarist but versatile too, with jazz leanings who really soars on tracks like 'Rock is My Life, and this is My Song' and the slinky 'Lookin' Out for No1'.
So this set is great value, sounds wonderful cranked up and with the addition of interesting sleevenotes and of course some undisputed classic rock on offer, it rates as a recommended purchase.
If your into seventies rock - this is it they just don't make great songs like this, one song missing is away from home but there is always one but otherwise BTO rock like no one does today - thank you Canada.