Bachman-Turner Overdrive
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Randy Bachman was the guitarist for Canada's first hard-rock band, the Guess Who, formed several years before the term "hard-rock" was coined. When hard-rock became fashionable, they recorded three albums, Wheatfield Soul (RCA, 1969), Canned Wheat (RCA, 1969) and American Woman (RCA, 1970), that established them among the premier hard-rock acts in the world (respectively These Eyes, Undun, American Woman).

Bachman left Guess Who to launch his solo career, with Axe (RCA, 1970), and to form his own band, Brave Belt, which recorded two albums, I (1971) and II (1972). When bassist Fred Turner joined the band, the Bachman-Turner Overdrive was born. Their first album with the new name, Bachman Turner Overdrive (Mercury, 1973), offered solid boogie. II (Mercury, 1974) was heavily influenced by the Who (Takin' Care Of Business). Not Fragile (1974), their masterpiece, contains You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet and Roll On Down The Highway. After the mediocre Four Wheel Drive (1975), the band tried to reinvent itself on Head On (1976), which couples traditional numbers such as Take It Like A Man with more sophisticated pieces such as Lookin' Out For Number One. After Freeways (1977), Bachman left the band and launched a new project, Ironhorse, which released Ironhorse and Everything Is Grey. The band reunited for BTO (Compleat, 1984).

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Anna DiFranco)

Randy Bachman e' stato il chitarrista della prima hard-rock band canadese, i Guess Who. Il gruppo si formo' parecchi anni prima che il termine "hard-rock" fosse coniato. Quando l' hard-rock divenne un fenomeno di successo, registrarono tre album, Wheatfield Soul (RCA, 1969), Canned Wheat (RCA, 1969) e American Woman (RCA, 1970), che li consacrarono tra i gruppi hard-rock piu' importanti al mondo (con successi come These Eyes, Undun, American Woman).

Bachman lascio' i Guess Who per intraprendere la carriera da solista, con Axe (RCA, 1970), e per formare una propria band, i Brave Belt, che registrarono due album, I (1971) e II (1972). Quando il bassista Fred Turner entro' nella band, i Bachman-Turner Overdrive nacquero. Il primo album con il nuovo nome, Bachman Turner Overdrive (Mercury, 1973), offriva un solido boogie. II (Mercury, 1974) era molto influenzato dagli the Who (Takin' Care Of Business). Not Fragile (1974), il loro capolavoro, contiene You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet e Roll On Down The Highway. Dopo il mediocre Four Wheel Drive (1975), la band tento' di reinventarsi con Head On (1976), che unisce brani tradizionali come Take It Like A Man con pezzi piu' sofisticati come Lookin' Out For Number One. Dopo Freeways (1977), Bachman lascio' la band e lancio' un nuovo progetto, gli Ironhorse, che realizzarono Ironhorse and Everything Is Grey. La band si riuni' per BTO (Compleat, 1984).

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