.38 Special is a six-men band featuring twin bass guitars and twin drums often what southern rockers are like. Their sixth album in 1983 may be a bit too defined to be southern rock but is one of the finest albums during that time. Despite the lack of songwriting genius Jim Peterik of Survivor, they could make the greatest song collections with also great songwriting pair Don Barnes and Jeff Carlisi. This album produced two top 20 hits IF I'D BEEN THE ONE and BACK WHERE YOU BELONG. Actually these songs were the very reason why I became a 38 Special fan. These hits were well received by Japanese yogaku (western music) fans during the winter of 1983/84. I just started listening to yogaku program and I instantly liked these songs. The rest of the album is also great with Don Barnes' melody-driven mellow vocal. ONE OF THE LONELY ONES, TWENTY CENTURY FOX and ONE TIME FOR OLD TIME are also the highlights of this album. Recommended for 80's pop rock fans, particularly Foreigner and Survivor fans.
Probably the premiere recording by these Wild Eyed Southern Boys. The first three songs If I Had Been The One, Back Where You Belong, and One Time For Old Times received a tone of well deerved airplay back in the eighties. Heck the video on If I Had Been The One featured some beautiful footage of horses galloping against a country skyline. Nonetheless, If I Had Been The One is a timeless track with beautiful guitar embellishments, passionate vocals of love lost, and stunning hooks galore. Not to omit the other album tracks, but at the worst they are harmless and at the best they are pretty darn captivating. Twentieth Century Fox rocks with a fine southern charm and Long Distance Affair has some strong hooks on the chorus. Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zandt are both in fine form vocally. If you want to remember some good music from the eighties, pick this record up at once. You will not be dissappointed.
.38 Special scored another direct shot with TOUR DE FORCE. The first side is excellent, with "One Time For Old Times" displaying a sensitivity rare in this style of music, while the second side has three great songs- "Twentieth Century Fox", "Long Distance Affair", and "One Of The Lonely Ones." There are a couple of filler cuts on side two, but overall, this is agreat album that most fans of 70s and 80s rock will want.
Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant make the perfect duo. Favorites of mine are "If I'd been the one" & "Back where you belong". Not only does the album have the traditional "southern rock" sound, they perfected it with melody as well. A must have!