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Bachman Turner Overdrive - 1978 Street Action

ARTIST: Bachman Turner Overdrive
ALBUM: Street Action
LABEL: Mercury
SERIAL: SRM-1-3713
YEAR: 1978
CD REISSUE: 1990, Mercury, 838200-2


LINEUP: C.F Turner - guitars, vocals * Rob Bachman - drums * Blair Thornton - guitars * Jim Clench - bass, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 I'm In Love * 02 Down The Road * 03 Takes A Lot Of People * 04 A Long Time For A Little While * 05 Street Action * 06 For Love * 07 Madison Avenue * 08 You're Gonna Miss Me * 09 The World Is Waiting For A Love Song


The whole Bachman Turner Overdrive experience blew right over me in the 1970's. I know Randy Bachman was an excellent guitarist, but seriously, didn't it seem every hit single the band produced contained the same riffs? That trademark 'chugga luggaa, nah nah nah hey hey' thing wore thin to these ears early on, and the bands image as somewhat overweight Canadians with poor fashion sense did little to boost my opinion. By the time this album made its way across to record shelves, Randy was gone, bound for a solo career as well as the moderately interesting Ironhorse, and the Overdrive had shortened it's moniker to the more commercially workable BTO, vowing to carry on with April Wine bass guitarist Jim Clench.

The Songs
Really, 'Street Action' doesn't sound much different than any other BTO album. The same plodding blues based rock that made 'em famous can be found here. There is no stand out single made for AOR radio although I suppose the opening track 'I'm In Love' might have had appeal for Southern Rock crowd sounding like a revved up Atlanta Rhythm Section with a little Grand Funk, but songs like 'Down The Road' and You're Gonna Miss Me' are so painfully average it hurts. Their stab at progressive rock with 'Madison Avenue' adds insult to injury, standing out like a sore thumb and is so out of place and so misguided; I just wonder what Randy thought after hearing the piece? Styx had nothing to worry about.

In Summary
Record buyers, at least those of us south of the border had little interest in BTO and this was brought home by the types of gigs they were doing in small Midwest college towns like St Cloud, Minnesota and Marquette, Michigan and support slots with bands that were up and coming opening acts for the group just a few short years before. As you can probably already figure out, I just can't recommend 'Street Action'. There are just so many better albums out there and even if you find a copy in a second hand shop for three or four bucks, save your money and get a cup of coffee. It will be far more satisfying.

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#1 | rkbluez on June 18 2012 11:34:14
I kinda liked this album and Rock 'N' Roll Nights they did minus the original members...they are very hard to come by on CD now...surprised no one has done a two on 1 of these albums...I'd love to pick them up again.
#2 | Eric on June 18 2012 12:35:11
We've been lacking in our BTO coverage, probably should fix that soon. My review was a little harsh in hindsight and I don't really 'hate' BTO but they are one of those bands that were wildly successful while releasing very spotty albums.
#3 | dangerzone on June 18 2012 20:48:58
I think 'Rock and Roll Nights' was great also. It's fascinating to see how Kiss rewrote 'Rock and Roll Hell' on 'Ceatures of the Night' compared to BTO's original.
#4 | TheMurf on October 15 2017 16:49:51
There is a 2 on 1 CD out for the two BTO albums without Randy Bachman. It's on a U.K. reissue label called BGO Records. You can order it from Amazon.
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