this album has a lot of good music on it. the point is it has three truly great songs. the best one is "caught up in you" arguably the best song they have ever made. then there is the bone chilling and super cool "chain lightning" and finally "you keep runnin'", this song is a mellow foot tapper. so if you like .38 SPECIAL you WILL like this CD.
"Wild Eyed Southern Boys'" 1982 stuff is another of great album that shows their glorious days. CAUGHT UP IN YOU from this album became their first top 10 hit. This album is quite tight with hard rock edge as shown in CHAIN-LIGHTNING. Jim Peterik of Survivor adds dynamism in their smartly written tracks. Together with the two excellent tracks mentioned above, YOU KEEP RUNNING AWAY is also stellar track showing their mellow side that eventually become their trademark sound. Recommended for early 80s rock fans.
This is my favorite 38 record,heck this is my all time favorite record period! These boys can write songs, and boy can they play'em, my favorite is breakin loose and Don Barnes lead guitar work is awesome on this song and Donnie Van Zant, ALL the songs he sings on this record are PERFECT for his vocals. Jeff Carlisi kicks butt with his guitar work on Chain lightin.Barnes vocals and guitar work, ain't nobody's any better than his. If you like Rock you need this cd.
I was hard pressed not to give this CD 5 stars, but Strengh in Numbers, in my opinion, was their best overall effort. "Caught Up In You", "Chain Lightnin" and "You Keep Runnin Away" are the strongest songs on this CD. 38 Special was big when southern rock was at its peak, and they would have given Lynard Skynard a run for their money had they avoid tragedy. With Donnie Van Zandt in this group, I find it a worthy comparison. The other six songs on this CD are okay, but none of the others get my foot tapping, which is always my first indication that a song is something special.
If you'll notice almost all the reviews so far mention Chain Lightening, for me the very best song on this album yet not their biggest hit. I love this song so much since I got this album as a 14 yr old girl and it was ME at his front door, and he took me in. How I loved this song.
This band has always given us consistent southern rock ... although in later years they moved more toward "commercially friendly" pop-rock ... this CD is a solid effort by these rock veterans ... but nowhere near as good as the self-titled 1st album, or their sophmore effort "Special Delivery" ... That being said ... still in all the "Special Forces" CD is a worthwhile acquisition ... giving us good, but not spectacular rock & roll ... 38 Special will always be a Top Ten southern rock band ... but the edge is gone, and they are no longer "wild eyed southern boys" ...
.38 special is at their best on this CD. I have had this on LP ever since it came out and finally broke down and bought the CD. They did a great job with the mastering. This album is so enjoyable to listen to, every song is in the right place and the album just has a great continuity to it. I highly recommend this album.
If you love 38 special you need to add this one to you collection. This is one of the best albums from them recorded during there hit making peak. Special Forces is one of those classic 80's albums that belongs in any rock collection. Great Songs, Great Album, Great Budget price! Enough Said!
This is a great CD with my favorite song of theirs, "Caught Up in You." This CD also includes other hits like: "Back Door Stranger," "Chain Lightnin'" and "You Keep Runnin' Away." Overall, this is a must have and I would recommend this to anyone.
Special Forces is simply .38 Special's best album. From start to finish, this album rocks, period. It is hard to believe that is has been 30 years since this outstanding recording was released. You will not be disappointed.