Freeways (album)

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Freeways
Studio album by Bachman–Turner Overdrive
Released February 1977
Recorded ???
Genre Rock
Length 39:20
Label Mercury
Producer Randy Bachman
Bachman–Turner Overdrive chronology
BTO Live - Japan Tour
(1977)
Freeways
(1977)
Street Action
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Freeways is the sixth studio album by Canadian rock band Bachman–Turner Overdrive, released in 1977. It was the last album that Randy Bachman would be a part of with BTO until seven years later when a "reunion" Bachman-Turner Overdrive studio album was made and released in 1984. This is also the last studio album to be made with the band's classic and most successful Not Fragile line up. It was the first BTO studio album to become a commercial failure, featuring the first BTO single that did not chart ("My Wheels Won't Turn"). Randy Bachman wrote every song besides "Life Still Goes On." Many of BTO's core fans did not like the album as it was not the heavy, guitar driven rock n' roll that BTO was known for.[2] Fred Turner was reportedly so unhappy with this album that he wouldn't allow a straight-on picture of himself to be used on the cover, saying he felt like a "side man."[2] This album was one of the last albums to reach the charts by any formation of BTO. The 8-track tape version of this album has the distinction of being one of the few 8-tracks that is arranged exactly like the album, with no song breaks.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Randy Bachman, with vocals by Randy Bachman, except where noted

  1. "Can We All Come Together" – 5:54
  2. "Life Still Goes On (I'm Lonely)" (C.F. Turner) – 3:55 (Vocal C.F. Turner)
  3. "Shotgun Rider" – 5:17
  4. "Just for You" – 4:43
  5. "My Wheels Won't Turn" – 5:20
  6. "Down, Down" – 4:18
  7. "Easy Groove" – 5:00
  8. "Freeways" – 4:53 (Vocal C.F. Turner)

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Randy Bachman
  • Engineer: George Semkiw
  • Assistant engineer: Mick Walsh, Mark Wright
  • Art direction: Jim Ladwig
  • Design: Joe Kotleba
  • Photography: Bruce Cole
  • Cover photo: Kenneth McGowan

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1977 Pop Albums 70

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