Not Fragile

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Not Fragile
Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Not Fragile.jpg
Studio album by Bachman–Turner Overdrive
Released August 1974
Recorded 1974 - Sound City, Van Nuys, California
Genre Hard rock
Length 36:14
Label Mercury
Producer Randy Bachman
Bachman–Turner Overdrive chronology
Bachman–Turner Overdrive II
(1973)
Not Fragile
(1974)
Four Wheel Drive
(1975)

Not Fragile is the third album by Canadian rock band Bachman–Turner Overdrive (BTO), released in 1974 (see 1974 in music). It proved to be the group's most popular album (not counting compilations), and is the only BTO album to have reached #1 on the US Pop Album charts.

Description[edit]

In a 1995 interview, Randy Bachman indicated that he thought that using the word "fragile" as a title for a rock album, as Yes had done with their 1971 album Fragile, was "strange."[1] He thought that BTO music could be "dropped and kicked" without breaking, so, without intending any commentary about Yes, the band "tongue-in-cheek" called their next album Not Fragile.[1]

The album marks the debut of guitarist Blair Thornton, who, unlike his predecessor Tim Bachman, is billed on the album liner notes as "second lead guitar".[2] Thornton's dual-guitar solos with Randy Bachman are prominent features on many Not Fragile tracks. "Roll On Down the Highway" and "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" were hit singles, with the latter hitting #1 on the singles charts in November 1974. Other cuts had significant airplay on FM rock radio.

Ironically, "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" was a leftover track that was not originally intended to be included on Not Fragile. It was only after Charlie Fach of Mercury Records heard the other eight tracks, and didn't see hit single potential in any of them, that he asked if the band had anything else he could hear. They played him the leftover track, and he assured them it was more radio-friendly than any of the others, convincing the band to add it to the album.[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau B[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Not Fragile" C. Fred Turner Turner 4:06
2. "Rock Is My Life, and This Is My Song" Randy Bachman Randy Bachman 5:00
3. "Roll On Down the Highway" Turner, Rob Bachman Turner 3:58
4. "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" Randy Bachman Randy Bachman 3:54
5. "Free Wheelin'" Blair Thornton instrumental; original album cover listed this track as "Dedicated to Duane" 3:45
6. "Sledgehammer" Randy Bachman Randy Bachman, Turner 4:34
7. "Blue Moanin'" Turner Turner 3:44
8. "Second Hand" Randy Bachman Randy Bachman 3:24
9. "Givin' it All Away" Thornton Randy Bachman, Turner 3:49

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Randy Bachman
  • Engineer: Mark Smith
  • Assistant engineer: Buzz Richmond
  • Mixing assistant: Richard Dashut
  • Mastering: Tom "Curly" Ruff
  • Recording Studio: Kaye-Smith Studios, Seattle, WA
  • Mixed at: Sound City Studios, Los Angeles, CA
  • Equipment: John Austin and Weasel (Greg) Morgan
  • Design: Joe Kotleba
  • Art direction: Jim Ladwig
  • Photography: John Brott, Tom Zamiar

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position Chart Position
1974 Pop Albums 1 Canada RPM 1

Singles

Year Single Chart Position Chart Position Chart Position
1974 "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1 U.S. Cash Box Top 100 1 Canada RPM 1
1975 "Roll On Down the Highway" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 14 U.S. Cash Box Top 100 8 Canada RPM 4

Certifications[edit]

Canada-Gold UK-Silver US-Gold

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whitaker, Sterling C. (2003). Unsung Heroes of Rock Guitar. Booksurge. p. 22. ISBN 1-59109-758-4. 
  2. ^ Liner notes on Not Fragile, (c), (p) 1974.
  3. ^ Fred Bronson, The Billboard Book of Number One Hits, Billboard, 1988 via "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" from SuperSeventies.com
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Bachman-Turner Overdrive". Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
Preceded by
If You Love Me, Let Me Know by Olivia Newton-John
Billboard 200 number-one album
October 19–25, 1974
Succeeded by
Can't Get Enough by Barry White