Four Wheel Drive (album)

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Four Wheel Drive
Studio album by Bachman–Turner Overdrive
Released May 1975
Genre Hard rock
Length 33:32
Label Mercury
Producer Randy Bachman
Bachman–Turner Overdrive chronology
Not Fragile
(1974)
Four Wheel Drive
(1975)
Head On
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]

Four Wheel Drive is the fourth album by Canadian rock band Bachman–Turner Overdrive, released in 1975 (see 1975 in music). It peaked at #1 in Canada on the RPM national albums chart on October 4 and again on October 18, 1975[3][4] while hitting #5 on the U.S. Pop Albums chart. The most popular single from the album, "Hey You," was written by Randy Bachman. It reached #1 in Canada, holding the top position on the RPM national singles chart for two weeks in June, 1975,[5][6] and #21 on the U.S. charts. Some reviews stated the song was directed at Bachman's former Guess Who band mate, Burton Cummings.

According to liner notes supplied with the BTO compilation CD The Anthology, Mercury records had wanted a quick follow-up to the highly successful Not Fragile album. Thus, Four-Wheel Drive was recorded in six days, much of it containing material that was left over from the Not Fragile sessions.[7]

This album is currently in print.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Four Wheel Drive" (Bachman, Thornton) – 4:20 (Lead Vocal: Turner)
  2. "She's a Devil" (Thornton, Turner) – 4:43 (Lead Vocal: Turner)
  3. "Hey You" (Bachman) – 3:34 (Lead Vocal: Bachman)
  4. "Flat Broke Love" (Turner) – 3:56 (Lead Vocal: Turner)
  5. "She's Keepin' Time" (Bachman) – 4:09 (Lead Vocal: Bachman)
  6. "Quick Change Artist" (Bachman, Turner) – 3:19 (Lead Vocal: Turner)
  7. "Lowland Fling" (Bachman, Thornton) – 5:20 (Lead Vocal: Bachman)
  8. "Don't Let the Blues Get You Down" (Turner) – 4:11 (Lead Vocal: Turner)

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Randy Bachman
  • Engineer: Mark Smith
  • Mastering: Tom "Curly" Ruff
  • Director: Bruce Allen
  • Art direction: Jim Ladwig
  • Design: Joe Kotleba
  • Cover construction: Parvis Sadighian
  • Art Design: Ryan Walsh, Alex Does
  • Photography: John Brott, Tom Zamiar

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1975 Canadian RPM Top Albums 2
1975 U.S. Pop Albums 5

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1975 "Hey You" Canadian RPM Top Singles 1
1975 "Hey You" U.S. Pop Singles 21

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