I have to say that The Guess Who, Randy Bachman's previous band, was consistently more great, but you have to realize that BTO was at the time forging into the infant world of Heavy Metal and made some amazing contributions.
Sure, they weren't EVER much to look at, being fat and hairy beyond all coolness, and the drumming and bass work was sub-par by any standards. But Randy had such a cool handle on inventing chord progressions and the melodies and leads to go with them that he transcended all the band's shortcomings.
Randy Bachman WAS BTO the same way Kerry Livgren WAS Kansas. "Head On" proves that, and having his face on the cover is totally apropos. The vinyl version was designed to fold out into a poster four times the size of the front cover, with each member's face taking up a quadrant of the whole. I had mine up on the wall and kept my record on the turntable most of the time! When I played another record, I would put Head On in that sleeve, so I always knew where my copy of Head On: in the cover of the record on the turntable.
If you've never heard this album and you are a BTO fan, I dare you to listen to 'Find Out About Love' without it sticking in your head and echoing in your thoughts for the next three hours. Or try not to snap your fingers during your first listen of the jazz-cool "Looking out for #1".
CF Turner's voice always makes me giggle because he sounds like he has a phlegm bubble in his throat and is trying to shake it loose by singing REAL loud. But I learned to love it for it consistency and pure originality. Who sounds anything like him? I can't think of anyone.
If you are a guitarist and you have a good tablature of Looking Out for #1, please email it to me! Thanks!