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The Very Best of the A&M Years 1977-1988 [Original recording remastered]

.38 SpecialAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Rockin' Into The Night 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Hold On Loosely 4:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Wild-Eyed Southern Boys 4:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Caught Up In You 4:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. You Keep Runnin' Away 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen15. Like No Other Night 3:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen17. Second Chance 5:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 29, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: A&M Records
  • ASIN: B0000931MU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,591 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best from .38 Special. June 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Southern rockers .38 Special enjoyed huge success from the late '70s through the entire decade of the '80s. Although the big hits have stopped, the band still continues to record and tour. Although there have already been three compilations of .38 Special's hits released prior to this one, "The Very Best of The A&M Years" is probably the most essential. 18 of the band's biggest hits and key album tracks are included here including the classics "Hold On Loosely", "Caught Up In You", "Rockin' Into the Night" and "If I'd Been The One". Also included are the soundtrack hits "Teacher Teacher" from the 1984 film "Teachers" and "Back To Paradise" from the 1987 sequel to "Revenge of The Nerds", "Nerds In Paradise". Although the inclusion of their 1988 hit "Second Chance" seems a bit out of place here, it is great that it's included because it was one of their biggest hits of their A&M years. It's the only track on this compilation that doesn't feature the original line-up but it's still a great song that showcases Max Carl's vocals during his brief time with the band.
"The Very Best of The A&M Years" is .38 Special's ultimate compilation. Everything hit that you've ever heard from the band between 1977 and 1988 is more than likely included on this CD. This classic arena-rock at its finest. Music just doesn't sound quite like this anymore. Check it out and relive some great memories. You'll be smiling in no time. :-)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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This most recent "best of" set is a vast improvement to what was already a good compilation ("Flashback") which was released in 1987. The beauty here is that this release is remastered, sounds GREAT, and it generously expands the song selection by 4, including the must have "Second Chance," which was their last and biggest single period. The CD has great liner notes that are self-effacing rather than the usual self-congratulatory junk that makes you never want to read them again.

I don't need to say too much here because people tend to either really like this group or see it as a watered down version of true "Southern Rock." The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd received much acclaim, while .38 Special continued doing their thing no matter what the critics said. I love this band and some of their best songs (Hold On Loosely, Caught Up In You, Somebody Like You, Like No Other Night, just to name a few) take me to times in my life where they served as the soundtrack for what was happening at the time. I also enjoy the other acts mentioned, and there may be merit to what some of .38 Special detractors have said, but since this is my review to you Amazoners out there (especially those who remember them well), I can assure you that this release easily earns 5 stars on the strength of its killer singles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very best from those wild-eyed southern dudes July 5, 2005
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Had Lynyrd Skynyrd not lost its vital members in that 1977 plane crash, there's little doubt 38 Special would've made it to prominence today. Indeed, 38 Special lead singer Donnie van Zandt was the brother of Ronnie van Zandt, who perished aboard that plane. This Southern band from Jacksonville, FL maintained a pure rock sound amid the synths and heavier sounds of the 80's. That classic rock sound was made possible with the double guitars of Don Barnes and Jeff Carlisi, as well as the steady drumming of Steve Brookins and Jack Grondin.

The combination of power chords and catchy hooks without compromising their rocking style is due to songwriter Jim Peterik, to gain better fame in Survivor. He helped them through Wild Eyed Southern Boys and Special Forces, their fourth and fifth albums. Among the songs he helped them with was the "Jean Genie" meets Bad Company's "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love" stomp of "Rockin' Into The Night," which was a sample of what they would turn out over the late 70's and 80's.

Of their early work, nothing beats the tried and true classics "Hold On Loosely," which became their first Top 40 hit, and that familiar rhythm guitar that opens the energetic "Caught Up In You," which scraped the Top Ten, and all due to Peterik's songcrafting and those harmony vocals.

The #38 "You Keep Runnin' Away," from Special Forces, sounds like something Rick Springfield would do, only with more teeth. The idealized fantasy of "Fantasy Girl" has the same Bad Company crunch, about a "vision of true lovin' and how it should be." One of my favourites, as it's something I relate to.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best Of .38 Special - Really! December 6, 2007
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If you get one disc of .38 Special's hits this is the one to get! It has all you could want of them (well maybe die-hards would want more), but the casual to moderate fan will be very happy with this compilation. All of the great hits and more! Great sound, too. I definitely recommend this to anyone that loves classic rock and/or .38 Special.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still The Wild Eyed Southern Boys May 3, 2009
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Springing up in the hordes of Southern Rockers of the late seventies, 38 Special drew from both the musical heritage of The Allman Brothers and a blood heritage of Lynyrd Skynrd. Lead singer Donnie VanZandt is brother Skynyrd's Ronnie, and entered the family business when 38 Special formed in Jacksonville, Florida. But after two so-so albums of garden variety Southern Rock, the band made a decision to be a little less southern and a lot more rock. That formula gave them Rockin' Into the Night]] in 1979 and their first bone-fide hit.

Following that template, 1981's Wild-Eyed Southern Boys sharpened up the arena-sound and delivered the smash "Hold On Loosely." It is on that particular song where you can see just how savvy the band was. The meat of "Hold On Loosely" was still southern boogie, but the stuttering guitar intro was lifted straight from The Cars' Just What I Needed. By Special Forces and "Caught Up In You," they were hitting the charts both Top 40 and album rock, balancing the boogie of "Chain Lightning" with a charting soundtrack single courtesy of Bryan Adams ("Teacher Teacher).

Unfortunately, the band could not maintain this momentum, and by the solid Tour de Force, the songwriting became a bit erratic ("If I'd Been The One" being the hit) and then a delay followed before
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music, Great times
Grew up with them on the radio, can't miss.
Published 1 month ago by Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by William Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite groups, and it has their big hits.
Published 3 months ago by Cynthia Elmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Take me back
Nothing like southern fried rock. This takes me back to my youth and the memories come flooding back. This album has all the great hits on it. I highly recommend it.
Published 4 months ago by Todd R. Hargis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
This CD is wonderful, exactly what my husband was looking for. I would recommend this CD to 38 Special fans.
Published 4 months ago by Christi
4.0 out of 5 stars 38 Special
Listening to the CD brought back memories. Sound qualtiy was good and I have enjoyed the CD. It has all of their best hits.
Published 6 months ago by Christopher F. Mcdaniel
4.0 out of 5 stars Good mix of 38 special
Has a lot of my favorite 38 special songs. Quality of recording is good A bargain for what you get.
Published 6 months ago by John H
5.0 out of 5 stars Souther Rock and Roll
I saw these guys when they were just starting out and was impressed, but I never thought they would become so great. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Daniel W. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
The memories these songs elicited were of some of the most fun times of my life. You listen to a song and it congers up all sorts of memories and feelings. Read more
Published 6 months ago by lj
5.0 out of 5 stars Old times
Always enjoy music from the 80's. Takes me back and reminds you of when life less challenging . Great album
Published 6 months ago by Michael M. Broadway
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