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Bto: 'Takin' Care Of Business'

Reviewing: Polygram Records 1998 Compilation  |  Rating:
David Nesteby By David Nesteby on
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BTO was a great band from my young childhood. This Bands Charisma was that of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Foghat. I love this band and its opener 'Takin' Care Of Business', this albums cover song. It is a southern rock sound, with that bar room feeling. This one was released in 1974.

‘Welcome Home' is the second song up on this great compilation of BTO songs. Released in 1973 by Mercury Records, this lounge musical is soft and easy on the ears. It is a wonderful title, and lick done with electric guitar, bass, and lots of drums. It has that 1973 feeling built in. I feel like I am shopping at J.C.Pennys when, the end of this one rolls around.

The third blast from the past, is a rocker on this great collection. ‘Hey You' was a popular radio hit, and my parents even loved it, as I was only nine years old when this 1975 release topped the charts. It is from an era of great sound, and gives it's share of fine music memories to my music collection.

The #4 track is ‘Sledgehammer', which is a dash of Montrose like lyrics, and Sammy H. like guitar. This is a very cool song indeed.

‘Thank You For The Feelin' is 5th on this collection of tight songs. I think that this was a very inspirational song. This band sure sounded like Nazareth. This was a fantastic BTO hit.

‘Blown' is a 1973 release like the last two. It is a classic song from days gone by. It has some guitar sound effects that were pretty cool. I like this one for sure.

The 7th title is ‘Blue Collar', and this 1973 release was another example of this bands consistency at putting out awesome rock music. It is a flashy 70's style only track. It is ok.

‘Four Wheel Drive' is a drum heavy trick they performed and released in 1975. This was another song that managed to hit airwaves with a Ted Nugent guitar style. The lyrics in this one were about stupid though.

The #9 song ‘Wild Spirit', is another BTO track that reminds me of Nazareth. This quick beat and country style make it a cool rock favorite. It has a dash of Blackfoot, and a little Ted in this one as well.

‘Take It Like A Man', is next to last, as this collection comes to a slow halt. This was a faster paced southern rock song with a Lynyrd Skynyrd sound. I really dig this kind of country rock. This was a 1976 release.

‘Not Fragile' is last, with a great finishing title to end this albums magic. I really liked this one as well. Released in 1974, this hit was a favorite of mine. I give this a collector's rating of 5, and back this one 100%. This is one great album/CD!