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This band of "Wild Eyed Southern Boys" (to quote one of their album titles) was led by Skynyrd lead singer Ronnie Van Zant's younger brother, Donnie. They released their first album in 1977, the year the elder Van Zant died in a plane crash, and while their early work centered on swaggering boogie-rocker Van Zant trying to carry his fallen brother's torch, it was co-lead guitarist and chief songwriter Don Barnes who slowly emerged as the group's motivating force through such power-pop hits such as 1981's "Hang On Loosely," '82's "Caught Up in You," and '83's "If I'd Been the One"--all of which made .38 Special one of the era's more interesting hard rock bands. --Billy Altman
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1987
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M Records
  • ASIN: B000002GFH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,936 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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38 Special rose from the ashes of 70's classic rockers Lynyrd Skynard - leader Donnie Van Zant's brother, Ronnie's band (who, sadly died with many other members in a 1977 plane crash).

At first, Donnie's band started out with a soundalike, southern boogie rock sound. As they hit the mainstream, they became southern/hard arena rock, then slowly transitioned into a more pop/rock band as the 80's progressed (peaking with their biggest hit--1988's lite pop/power ballad "Second Chance", which came out after this was released in 1987). All three areas are covered on this collection, though it focuses most heavily on the 2nd one.

1979's ROCKIN' INTO THE NIGHT only features the title track, which has traces of their early pure-southern rock sound, but clearly shows their beginnings as a pop band.

1981's WILD-EYED SOUTHERN BOYS:

-Hold On Loosely

-Fantasy Girl

This was their breakout. These two were the biggest hits from the album, (and, the first, of their career) so I can't complain about their inclusion at all. Though there were other worthwhile songs, like "First Time Around" or "Hittin' and Runnin'."

1982's SPECIAL FORCES:

-Caught Up in You

This was their first of the more slightly power ballad-laden pop hits that would turn them even more into the mainstream. Though this is a great song, "Back On the Track" and especially the lost hit "You Keep Runnin' Away" should've made the cut!
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ANOTHER great used almost like new CD! Not a thing was wrong with it (and I AM picky). This CD really took me back to the 80's and every song on it is great, in my opinion, some I had forgotten about and I wear it out. Great purchase, got here within guidelines, & I'm "Rockin' Into The Night". :) Great purchase again.
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38 SPECIAL-FLASHBACK: 38 Special was one of the more pop-oriented Southern rock outfits, due mostly to co-lead singer/guitarist Don Barnes' ability to pen and sing righteous radio-friendly hooks, rather than the grittier contributions of Donnie Van Zant, brother to Ronnie and Johnny of Lynyrd Skynyrd renown. On rough housin' early classics ROCKIN' INTO THE NIGHT and WILD EYED SOUTHERN BOYS the two shared vocal duties, but the group soon fared better chart wise (losing some of their edge in the process) when Barnes took over as their main front man. Resulting big hits FANTASY GIRL, CAUGHT UP IN YOU and HOLD ON LOOSELY were all streamlined, nearly interchangeable hit singles that steered clear of stereotypical redneck sentiments. FLASHBACK, which arrived before the band's atypical ballad smash SECOND CHANCE (featuring blue eyed soul singer MAX CARL), is the casual fan's best bet, stoked with sweaty, rebel-rousin' fun...even if those Southern Boys ain't quite as wild as they used to be.

RATING: FOUR SLUGS
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How could you go wrong with a 38 Special CD if you love this band? It was so easy just to go to Amazon and order it instead of searching music stores. It saves time and money. By the way, it's a great CD!
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38 Special is probably the best SOUTHERN ROCK band that came out of the late 70's-80's. Their hard driving vocals and guitars on all their songs is unmistakable. They have a unique sound, unlike other so called Southern Rock Bands, they seem less REDNECK, there, I said it.... Anyway, their songs have been on many movie sountracks. Remember Spring Break, Teachers, and other 80's movies? I highly recommend this recording. Its just good time, feel good music, the way it should be....
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This album is a great collection of hits from a band that was probably on of the most underrated bands during the late 70's and early 80's. Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant are the heart and soul of this group. The dual drummers, and the guitar playing of Barnes and Jeff Carlisi really set .38 Special apart from all the other Southern bands like Skynyrd and Molly Hatchet. The only song missing from this album is Chain Lightning, which I consider one of their best ever! This is an absolute must buy for anyone who loves true rock and roll with a southern flavor!
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38 special, led by donnie van Zandt brother of Ronnie and Johnny of Skynyrd, were more pop than southern rock like Skynyrd and Allman's. The comp. is ok for the price, but I'm sure there are better ones out there. Has some tracks that are live instead of in there best form.
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I bought this album mainly for one song "Back Where You Belong", but then when I listened to it I realized that I knew a lot of the other songs. I remember 38 Special from back in the 80's and now I will never forget this wonderful band!!!!
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