Head On (Bachman–Turner Overdrive album)

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Head On
Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Head On.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 1975
Recorded1975 RCA Studios, Toronto
ProducerRandy Bachman
Bachman–Turner Overdrive chronology
Four Wheel Drive
Head On
Best of B.T.O. (So Far)

Head On is the fifth studio album by Canadian rock band Bachman–Turner Overdrive, released in December 1975. On the original vinyl release, the album came with a 24x24 inch poster featuring all the members in the band at that time. It was re-released in 2003 on Repertoire Records in conjunction with Mercury Records. The re-release featured the bonus track "Down to the Line", which was released as a single in 1975 but not included on the vinyl nor the original Mercury CD release of Head On. Head On was the last BTO studio album to reach the Top 40 on the US Billboard 200, hitting the #23 position on March 6, 1976.[1]

The single "Take It Like a Man" reached #33 on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts and received significant airplay at that time. It was the last of the band's six U.S Top 40 singles. Pioneering rocker Little Richard played piano on the recording. Near the end of the song, C.F. Turner tells him to "play it Richard", and he does, with heavy expression. Another single from this album, the jazzy "Lookin' Out for #1", did not crack the Top 40 on the U.S. pop charts, but reached #15 on the Adult Contemporary chart, receiving heavy airplay upon its release on both conventional rock and soft rock stations.

"Away from Home" was also released as a single in the UK only, with "Down To The Line" on the B-side. It did not chart.[2]

This album is currently in print.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars link
Christgau's Record GuideB–[3]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead VocalsLength
1."Find Out About Love"Randy BachmanRa. Bachman4:40
2."It’s Over"C.F. Turner, Blair ThorntonTurner3:18
3."Average Man"Ra. Bachman, Robbie BachmanRa. Bachman4:00
4."Woncha Take Me for a While"Turner, Ra. BachmanTurner5:05
5."Wild Spirit"Turner, ThorntonTurner2:59
6."Take It Like a Man"Turner, ThorntonTurner3:40
7."Lookin’ Out for #1"Ra. BachmanRa. Bachman5:20
8."Away from Home"TurnerTurner4:30
9."Stay Alive"Ra. BachmanRa. Bachman4:12
10."Down to the Line (*)"Ra. Bachman, Kim Fowley, Mark Anthony, Vincent FurnierRa. Bachman4:01
  • (*) Available only on the 2003 rerelease on CD and the 2013 Japanese Mini LP Remastered CD (as non-album single of 1975)

The Randy Bachman-penned "West Coast Turnaround" was recorded during the Head On sessions but was not released until 2013, when it appeared as a bonus track on the Bachman-Turner Overdrive 40th Anniversary album.[4]




  • Producer: Randy Bachman
  • Engineer: Mark Smith



Year Chart Position
1976 Pop Albums 23


Year Single Chart Position
1975 "Down to the Line" Pop Singles 43
1976 "Take It Like a Man" Pop Singles 33
1976 "Lookin' Out for #1" Pop Singles 65
1976 "Lookin' Out for #1" Adult Contemporary 15


  1. ^ "Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Chart History, Billboard 200". billboard.com. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  2. ^ "Discogs page".
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: B". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Bachman-Turner Overdrive: 40th Anniversary Track listing at discogs.com, retrieved January 3, 2019.