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Anthology Double CD, Original recording remastered, Import

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  • Audio CD (5 Jun. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Hip-O
  • ASIN: B00005K9R7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,235 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Rockin' Into The Night
  2. Stone Cold Believer
  3. Money Honey
  4. Hold On Loosely
  5. Long Time Gone
  6. Take Me Back
  7. Wild-Eyed Southern Boys
  8. Fantasy Girl
  9. Hittin' And Runnin'
  10. Caught Up In You
  11. Chain Lightnin'
  12. Rough-Housin'
  13. You Keep Runnin' Away
  14. Prisoners Of Rock & Roll
  15. Twentieth Century Fox
  16. Long Distance Affair
  17. One Time For Old Times
  18. Take 'Em Out (Live)

Disc: 2

  1. If I'd Been The One
  2. Back Where You Belong
  3. Teacher, Teacher
  4. Somebody Like You
  5. Like No Other Night
  6. Back To Paradise
  7. Rock & Roll Strategy
  8. Second Chance
  9. The Sound Of Your Voice
  10. Last Thing I Ever Do
  11. Rebel To Rebel
  12. Fade To Blue
  13. Deja Voodoo
  14. Homeless Guitar
  15. Saving Grace
  16. Just One Girl

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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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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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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99767d38) out of 5 stars Comprehensive introduction to 38 Special 20 April 2006
By R. Gorham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
THE BAND: Don Barnes (vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica), Donnie VanZant (vocals), Jeff Carlisi (guitar), Larry Junstrom (bass), Jack Grodin (drums), Steve Brookins (drums)... and assorted players joining on later albums. The members listed here were the key contributors during the band's hay-day in the late 70's and early 80's.

THE DISC(S): (2001) 2 discs clocking in at just under 150 total minutes (Disc-1 76:50 minutes, Disc-2 72:55 minutes). 24-bit digitally remastered sound. Included with the 2 discs is a 14-page booklet containing band pictures, song titles & credits, thank you's, and what songs came from which albums. The first 9 pages features interviews with frontmen Van Zant and Barnes... discussing tough beginnings, Lynyrd Skynyrd's plane crash, and member changes and musical direction. Label - Hip-O/Universal Music.

ALBUM REPRESENTATION: 38 Special (1), Special Delivery (1), Rockin' Into The Night (3), Wild-Eyed Southern Boys (4), Special Forces (4), Tour De Force (5), Strength In Numbers (2), Flashback (1), "Teachers" Soundtrack (1), Rock & Roll Strategy (2), Bone Against Steel (3), Resolutions (4), Live At Sturgis (2), B-Side unreleased (1).

COMMENTS: This compilation features 38 Special from their underrated debut in 1977 through their "Resolutions" album in 1997. Where the Allman Bros and Lynyrd Skynyrd were very 'Southern', I always felt 38 Special was in the same catagory, but leaned toward rock & pop more than the others did. For me, 38 Special had some great songs, but on the 'Southern Rock' wave, they were just a tad behind the major players. The Allman Brothers had been established since 1969, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Marshall Tucker since 1973, and the Outlaws in 1975. Molly Hatchet's first two albums in 1978/79 had a deeper impact then 38 Special at the time... but 38 Special's time was coming. 1979 saw a bit of a resurgance in Southern Rock... and 38 Special was there with their first big hit... "Rockin' Into The Night" (from album #3). This was their first break... as their first two albums were vastly different than their 3rd. 1980-83 featured 38 Special at the top of their game - releasing perhaps their biggest and best albums - "Wild-Eyed Southern Boys", "Special Forces", and "Tour De Force" in succession. After these 3 albums, the band had only hit and miss success. There are several 38 Special compilations out there... and this "Anthology" is the most comprehensive one. "Flashback" is good, but short at 14 songs (drawbacks being 4 live tracks and nothing from after '87). "Millenium Collection" is average, but also short at 12 songs. If you want a one disc collection, I recommend 38 Special's "Very Best Of The A&M Years" from 2003 (18 tracks - all their big hits). I was a bit more than a casual fan back in the 80's and dare I say there are some songs here on "Anthology" that I did not recognize right off the bat. "Anthology" features one live track (a good thing because I prefer the studio versions). The sound is crisp and the remastering definitely helps here. The song order is not truly chronological - it starts with "Rockin' Into The Night" and then reverts back to the first 2 albums, then proceeds album to album. Disc 2 is mainly their later era material. One of the only things I don't understand about the band is the two drummers playing at the same time (maybe not totally so in the studio, but they definitely did in concert... the Outlaws did it, as did the Grateful Dead... but never understood why). This is a great collection of tunes from the band - Comprehensive with many a deep album cut. If you're looking for one disc with strictly hits, go with the "A&M Years" disc mentioned above. "Anthology" would be the last one you'd ever need though (4.5 stars).
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9976c504) out of 5 stars More Than Just A Greatest Hits Package 4 Jun. 2008
By Ken Fontenot - Published on Amazon.com
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While .38 Special's "Anthology" contains all of their biggest hits, it has so much more in store for the listener. Most casual fans are familiar with tunes like "Rockin' Into The Night," "Hold On Loosely," "Fantasy Girl" and "Caught Up In You," but I'm sure that many of them haven't heard the bulk of the other tunes on this album. Like most classic and southern rock acts, .38 Special has such a large catalogue of songs to pick for airplay that many of them are rarely or never played on the classic rock station. Songs like "Teacher, Teacher" and "Chain Lightnin" don't draw as much attention as the previously listed songs. Still, they are excellent tunes in their own right.

What makes .38 Special so appealing to music lovers, in my opinion, is the fact that they can crank out a legitimate southern rocker like "Deja Voodoo" and then turn around and play a pop-tinged rocker like "Back To Paradise" or a full-on arena rock ballad like "Second Chance." This gives them a much broader audience than Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, Boston, Styx or any of the other big acts that were around during their peak. While they may never be considered one of the greatest acts in any of the other listed bands' genres, they will always be remembered as a band that could play tunes from just about any genre and do it well.

.38 Special deserves any and all accolades that they've received over the years. This compilation gives the listener their greatest hits as well as an excellent dose of tunes from all of their albums up into the mid-90's. I recommend this album to fans of southern rock, arena rock, hard rock and country, as well as all those folks who, like me, are suckers for a good rock ballad. Highly recommended.
18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9976a21c) out of 5 stars Best Collection Yet....But Flawed 21 Oct. 2001
By Kavorka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Anthology is far and away the best collection of 38 Special released to date. It contains almost every song you'd ever want from this awesome southern rock/80's hit machine. The sound quality is far superior to their album discs thanks to a 96k/24-bit remastering job by Hip-O records. The liner notes provide a better history of the group itself than it does for the individual songs. I would've liked to read more on the songs and what the group thought of each.
Another irritating flaw to me is how the songs are almost all presented in chronological order. Why come so close only to screw the track listing up in some spots?? Not only are the albums themselves in sequential order , but they also maintain the original song order from each individual album (almost always). Unlike a previous reviewer commented, there are 2 songs from the group's second album Special Delivery (Long Time Gone & Take Me Back). However, these songs appear after the 3 tunes that lead off disc one from the band's 3rd album Rockin' Into The Night. Minor things like that really get to me.
Almost all the singles and hits are here. Much more comprehensive than Flashback or the Millenium Series discs. Not that I liked the album Rock & Roll Strategy at all, but Little Sheba was a hit that recieved a lot of airplay time in the mid-80's. It is missing from this collection. Most notably absent is the lack of material from Don Barnes' swangsong 1986 album Strength in Numbers. Only 2 songs are included on Anthology...a sin!! Has There Ever Been A Good Goodbye, Last Time, Heart's on Fire, Once in a Lifetime....these are all awesome songs that would've been better than anything after the Strength in Numbers period.
Let's face it, people who know and love 38 Special are fans of the 80's material (Hold on Loosely, Caught up in You, If I'd Been the One, Like no Other Night). Who really wants to hear anything from the Resolution album of the 90's or the Live at Sturgis album? Not me. I was really happy to see the inclusion of You Keep Runnin' Away, an awesome singles release from the Special Forces album, and One Time for Old Times from Tour de Force. These 2 songs alone are worth flippin' the extra cost for Anthology. More attention should've been spent on the 80's material and then this would've been easily a 5-star album. It is still the best collection out there and well worth the money for either the casual or die-hard fans like myself.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9976c15c) out of 5 stars Great Sing-a-Long 24 Aug. 2005
By Nancy S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm 52 years old and grew up on .38 Special and their contemporaries. I appreciate their music now more than I did "back in the day". I bought an IPOD and this is one of the first CDs I loaded. I hate going grocery shopping and when I go I just put in the ear buds and crank up these tunes. I get a few odd looks because I usually end up singing aloud and dancing a little in the aisles as I look for my items. But guess what! I don't care. I no longer hate grocery shopping nearly as bad as I did. At least I can get out of the store without wanting to kill someone. This music makes me happy. It's alive and vibrant just as it was years ago.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9976aeb8) out of 5 stars A Kick ass band! 17 Feb. 2010
By Victoria Cameron - Published on Amazon.com
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Like Journey, these hard southern rock boys never go out of style! They were AMAZING in concert, sounding close to what you'll hear on the CD. With songs, "Back Where You Belong", "Somebody Like You", "Caught Up In You", and "Fantasy Girl", it's obvious that this anthology has all their greatest hits and more!

Disk one is full of the harder rock songs 38 Special put out, and disk two has the softer, more romantic songs. I blast these songs all the time in my car. They make me smile and lift my spirits no matter how low they are. High energy, great vocals, and killer instruments, 38 Special Anthology is sure to be one album you don't want missing from your collection!
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