Deep Cuts: Bachman-Turner Overdrive "Not Fragile" (1974)

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by Pico

Sometimes a song has a simple, direct power so compelling that it’s useless to describe in too many words. Here’s a tune that carries a monster, bass-led riff, a husky lead vocal and the crunching guitars held at bay just long enough for Randy Bachman’s sublime solo in the middle. Sure, the sonic makeup of this song might draw comparisons to Mountain or early Black Sabbath, but even at their best, they might have matched but not surpassed such a perfect heavy metal vamp, and no one was playing guitar like Bachman. He was an original (and still is). “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” may have been the big hit from BTO’s Not Fragile album, but the title cut is their calling card.

Aw, heck, I may have said too much already. Time to stop talking and start rockin’…

“One Track Mind” is a more-or-less weekly drool over a single song selected on a whim and a short thesis on why you should be drooling over it, too.

S. Victor Aaron

S. Victor Aaron

S. Victor Aaron is an SQL demon for a Fortune 100 company by day, music opinion-maker at night. His musings are strewn out across the interwebs on jazz.com, AllAboutJazz.com, a football discussion board and some inchoate customer reviews of records from the late 1990s on Amazon under a pseudonym that will never be revealed. E-mail him at svaaron@somethingelsereviews .com or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SVictorAaron
S. Victor Aaron
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