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.



n80 OP

This thread inspired me to play it for the first time in decades. I just played it on Amazon Music HD and it sound just as good or better than the record. Actually better- no scratches or pops and excellent dynamic range!

Saw B.T.O., Bob Seger and Charlie Daniels Band on the same bill in 1975. If I remember correctly, tickets were $7.50.


tpreaves: I remember when concert T shirts were $10. That was a lot of $ for a kid back then, and you had to make a choice between a t shirt or a good buzz to enjoy the concert with! I still have many that survived put away. Probably worth a small fortune considering I saw Levi jeans from that era selling for upwards of $ 800. Unfortunately, none fit anymore ☹

I think this was the first 'new' record I had; it was a Christmas gift. Pretty sure my middle brother still has it after all these decades. As someone mentioned, it spent a lot of time on my turntable and I remember it being a great record. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.