BTO Not Fragile

I remember when I was a kid, maybe 5th or 6th grade, listening to music (vinyl) in my cousin’s basement and hearing BTO’s Not Fragile for the first time. I had heard Let It Roll and You Ain’t Seen Nothin Yet on the radio but nothing else. And then only ever on a crappy clock radio or car speaker (not stereo!) My cousin had a small Pioneer-ish system with two separate speakers! Such volume! I was blown away. I could not get those songs out of my head. It was the first album I ever bought with my own money.

I’m listening to Not Fragile tonight for the first time in years. Qobuz.

I’m no longer blown away but I’m certainly not bored!

I think the band peaked with this album but in my opinion it is one heck of an album taken all together. It seems to me the band still gets a fair amount of air play on classic rock stations but they never seem to have been taken seriously artistically. I get that the music is very simple. I get that it it is more pop than actual heavy metal. But still, I rank this album right up there in my top 50 or so.

Interested in other’s thoughts.


I also still have that album that I bought when I was in high school. Loved it at the time, but not as enjoyable listening today.  Music tastes change as we get older.

Blue Collar.  An amazing tune and an anthem when I worked the night shift building transformers at S&C Electric on the south side of “sweet home” in the early 1970’s.  When I hear that tune, I’m right back in that factory…BTO resides in my soul forever 

If anyone sat down and listened to the Original US LP with a decently set up Turntable, You would be Floored with the Sonics.

I have the "Not Fragile" SHM CD of this album, and the dynamics is off the chart. The bass in the title song will shake the room. I still listen to their music. Simple, but toe tapping...