Head On (Bachman–Turner Overdrive album)

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Head On
Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Head On.jpg
Studio album by Bachman–Turner Overdrive
Released December 1975
Recorded 1975 RCA Studios, Toronto
Genre Rock
Length 42:28
Label Mercury
Producer Randy 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.

The single "Take It Like a Man" reached #33 on the US 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, "Lookin' Out for #1", did not crack the U.S. Top 40, but received heavy airplay upon its release on both conventional rock and soft rock FM 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.[1]

This album is currently in print.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Robert Christgau B−[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Find Out About Love" – 4:40 (Randy Bachman)
  2. "It's Over" – 3:18 (C.F. Turner, Blair Thornton)
  3. "Average Man" – 4:00 (Randy Bachman, Robbie Bachman)
  4. "Woncha Take Me for a While" – 5:05 (Turner, Randy Bachman)
  5. "Wild Spirit" – 2:59 (Turner, Thornton)
  6. "Take It Like a Man" – 3:40 (Turner, Thornton)
  7. "Lookin' Out for #1" – 5:20 (Randy Bachman)
  8. "Away from Home" – 4:30 (Turner)
  9. "Stay Alive" (Mono) – 4:12 (Randy Bachman)
  10. "Down to the Line" (*) - 4:01 (Randy Bachman, Kim Fowley, Mark Anthony, Vincent Furnier)
  • (*) Available only on the 2003 rerelease on CD and the 2013 Japanese Mini LP Remastered CD (as non-album single of 1975)




  • 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


  1. ^ "Discogs page". 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Bachman-Turner Overdrive". Retrieved July 27, 2013.