Four Wheel Drive (album)

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Four Wheel Drive
Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Four Wheel Drive.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1975
GenreHard rock
ProducerRandy Bachman
Bachman–Turner Overdrive chronology
Not Fragile
Four Wheel Drive
Head On
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[2]

Four Wheel Drive is the fourth studio 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 bandmate, Burton Cummings.[7]

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.[8]

This album is currently in print.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead VocalsLength
1."Four Wheel Drive"Randy Bachman, ThorntonTurner4:20
2."She's a Devil"Thornton, TurnerTurner4:43
3."Hey You"Randy BachmanBachman3:34
4."Flat Broke Love"TurnerTurner3:56
5."She's Keepin' Time"Randy BachmanBachman4:09
6."Quick Change Artist"Randy Bachman, TurnerTurner3:19
7."Lowland Fling"Randy Bachman, ThorntonBachman5:20
8."Don't Let the Blues Get You Down"TurnerTurner4:11



  • 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



Year Chart Position
1975 Canadian RPM Top Albums 1
1975 U.S. Pop Albums 5


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


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: B". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  3. ^ "Library and Archives Canada".
  4. ^ and Archives Canada
  5. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  6. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  7. ^ Heatley, Michael (May 2, 2014). "The Turbulent History of Bachman-Turner Overdrive". Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  8. ^ LeBlanc, Larry. Liner notes from BTO: The Anthlology album