Bachman–Turner Overdrive (1973 album)

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Bachman–Turner Overdrive
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Studio album by Bachman–Turner Overdrive
Released May 17, 1973
Recorded 1972-1973
Genre Hard rock
Length 34:57
Label Mercury
Producer Bachman–Turner Overdrive,
Randy Bachman
Bachman–Turner Overdrive chronology
Bachman–Turner Overdrive
Bachman–Turner Overdrive II
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]

Bachman–Turner Overdrive is the self-titled debut album by Canadian rock band Bachman–Turner Overdrive, released in 1973. It was originally to be titled Brave Belt III, as Brave Belt was the name of the group before they became Bachman–Turner Overdrive.

Although this album did not produce a true hit single ("Blue Collar" only managed to reach #68 on the U.S. Billboard charts), it was certified "Gold" by the RIAA in 1974, largely pulled up by strong sales of BTO's two subsequent albums (Bachman–Turner Overdrive II and Not Fragile).

In later years, this first album was often referred to as "BTO 1" to distinguish it from the band's follow-up second album.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead Vocals Length
1. "Gimme Your Money Please" C.F. Turner Turner 4:41
2. "Hold Back the Water" Randy Bachman, Rob Bachman, Kirk Kelly Turner 5:06
3. "Blue Collar" C.F. Turner Turner 6:10
4. "Little Gandy Dancer" Randy Bachman Turner 4:22
5. "Stayed Awake All Night" Randy Bachman Randy and Tim Bachman 4:07
6. "Down and Out Man" Tim Bachman, R.B. Charles Tim Bachman 3:12
7. "Don't Get Yourself in Trouble" Randy Bachman Turner 4:54
8. "Thank You for the Feelin'" C.F. Turner Turner 4:07




  • Producers: Bachman–Turner Overdrive, Randy Bachman
  • Engineers: Dave Slagter, Mark Smith
  • Mastering: Tom "Curly" Ruff
  • Technician: Allan Moy
  • Design: Robbie Bachman
  • Art direction: Jim Ladwig
  • Photography: Ed Caraeff
  • Booklet design: Joe Kotleba
  • Cover sculpture: Parviz Sadighian
  • Photography: Tom Zamiar

Songs covered by other artists[edit]

A version of "Stayed Awake All Night" was released by the Swiss hard rock band Krokus on their 1983 album Headhunter.



Year Chart Position
1974 Billboard Rock Albums 70
1974 RPM Canada 9


Year Single Chart Position Chart Position
1973 "Gimme Your Money/Little Gandy Dancer" RPM Canada 45
1973 "Blue Collar" Billboard Hot 100 Singles 68 RPM Canada 21


  1. ^ Bachman–Turner Overdrive at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Bachman-Turner Overdrive". Retrieved July 27, 2013.