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38 Special a band that means very little in this part of the world but in the heartlands of USA for a time they were flavour of the month,especially in the early 80's.
This 2 cd set covers the period from the debut disc,'38 Special' from '77 thru to the 'Live at Sturgis''99.

Despite always being thrown in with the southern bands 38 Special really had more in common with the AOR genre,their southern tendencies limited to the ist 2 albums and as such only represented by a track apeice here namely 'long time gone' from the debut and 'take me back' from Special Delivery(1978),quite frankly they were essentially Skynyrd Lite and would never have survived.

Under record company pressure,outside writers were brought in and hit single ensued with 'Rockin Into The Night',a fairly average track i must say,however they were off and running and tracks such as 'Stone Cold Believer' & Hold On Loosely' hit the spot.A string of hit albums and songs followed and disc 1 contains the best from 81/82 & 84,fantastic tracks such 'Hittin n Runnin',Wild Eyed Southern Boys,Chain Lightnin and Caught up In You all showcasing the newer sound.

Disc 2 carries on in pretty much the same fashion,AOR tinged pop at times,'If Id Been The One,Teacher Teacher and the like keeping the Specials at the top of the tree,in later years they returned closer to their rock roots with the Resolution album,Deja Voodoo being a superb track.

All in all a superb collection of a band really unknown outside of the heartlandsof the USA.
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on 21 August 2011
Like Lynyrd Skynyrd? This is another group with a Van Zant brother which pumped out southern rock laden with funky, interesting bass, layered harmonies, and crunchy guitars, and this is a excellent compilation of their work. It's lively without ever being tiring, and every single track on it is stellar with only the temporary lead singer and synthier rock ballad style of "Second Chance" really standing out of line, although it fills that role competently and would have been a noticable omission otherwise. Providing a more conventional rock ballad is the powerful "Rebel to Rebel", which loses out only in being eclipsed by the live version from Live at Sturgis. The album only really slows down in the last few tracks with "Homeless Guitar" and "Saving Grace", before ending triumphantly on "Just One Girl". If you need something lively while burning the midnight oil on a thesis, it's hard to beat this album for rockin' into the night.
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