Thursday, March 24, 2016

Bachman Turner Overdrive Classic Albums Box Set out April 1st

Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba and following his 1970 departure from the Guess Who (who had a major hit with American Woman) Randy Bachman formed Bachman-Turner Overdrive in 1972. Originally called Brave Belt, the band had a series of hit albums and singles in the 1970s, selling over 7 million albums in that decade alone. Their 1970s catalogue included five Top 40 albums and six U.S. Top 40 singles. The band has sold nearly 30 million albums worldwide, and has fans affectionately known as "gearheads" (derived from the band's gear-shaped logo). Many of their songs, including "Let It Ride", "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet", "Takin' Care of Business", "Hey You" and "Roll On Down the Highway", still receive play on classic-rock stations.

After the band went into a hiatus in 2005, Randy Bachman and Fred Turner reunited in 2009 to tour and collaborate on a new album. In 2010, they played the halftime show at the Grey Cup in Edmonton, AB and continue to tour as of summer 2014.
On March 29, 2014, the classic Not Fragile line-up reunited for the first time since 1991 to mark Bachman–Turner Overdrive's induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and participated in performing in a tribute version of "Takin' Care of Business."

This box set collects together all the albums that the band recorded for Mercury including two never before officially released on CD (Street Action / Rock n Roll Nights).  The discs have all been re-mastered from original tapes by Andy Pearce and the set is housed in a clam shell box with notes by Classic Rock’s Malcom Dome. This set is a great starting point for the band.

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