Interview #4 – Randy Bachman: Why He Needed To Change BTO With “Freeways”
May 28, 2019 – By the time Bachman Turner Overdrive released the album “Freeways,” their sixth studio album in February 1977 the band had nothing but hits. Ten Top 40 hits since 1973 in Canada and six in the U.S. Everything changed with “Freeways.” It was a different album that alienated many fans. The sound was lighter – less rock. The other singer in the band Fred Turner once said he felt like a sideman and that “Freeways” should have been a solo album and he only sang two tunes on it. In fact, Bachman, for the first time, wrote every song on the project
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I actually really liked “Freeways” in spite of many of my friends who hate the album. I had just turned 17 when it came out. I asked Bachman if he could have envisioned what happened to him?
The new Randy Bachman documentary looks at Randy’s rise to fame with the Guess Who and then Bachman Turner Overdrive, It highlights that huge Rock star house he built in the seventies, all those guitars and much more. It’s available on iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and DVD plus in Canada on the Documentary Network.
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