A forgotten 1977 song from a not-so-forgotten band.
1977’s “Freeways” was Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s 6th album in four short years. It was a huge departure from the band’s normal sound and it left many fans flat. Inner turmoil was rising as Randy Bachman wrote and performed most of the tracks with minimal help from the other members. Bassist, Fred Turner, only allowed himself to be photographed in profile as he felt like he was nothing more than a “side-man” on the album. But, regardless, one of their better album tracks is found in the closing moments of this collection.
The album’s eponym, “Freeways” is one of only two tracks of the eight on the album that lead singer Turner was allowed to take the helm. It reckons to their heavier sound at times but also mixes in an aural feel of travelin’ down the highway as the sun sets. It is fitting imagery as, unfortunately, this would be the last album that this most famous line-up of BTO would record together. They would reunite for a couple years in the early 1990s to tour, but eventually Randy Bachman’s struggle to rule the group would lead to his departure in ’91.
So, sit back, relax and imagine you’re at the wheel of your favorite ’70s muscle car; your shades on as you cruise down the highway to your next destination and enjoy “Freeways” by BTO.