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5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings
19 Ratings
AORMelodicRocker ,

a must have album

still rocking at 60 says...it seems to sound like a missing link to a 38 special album that did not get out, but who care's... this is some great great great melodic rock that fits in with with my massive collection of A O R music, Mr. Barnes...you get back into the studio and get us another one, now go... !

pbnjtex ,

1980's rekindled

I feel like I am back in the Eighties listening to 38 Special once again. Don Barnes has released a gem of classic rock tunes for the ages. In the present day of techno music, it is wonderful to hear real instruments and Don's iconic voice.

eatright ,

What?!?!?!

It's stunning that this was buried for 28 years. What's even more stunning is that it's finally been released. I think I appreciate this more today than I would have in '89 because they just don't make them like this anymore. I've always loved Don Barnes vocals and the supporting cast is amazing. A wonderful surprise that made my musical summer. I love the title track, After the Way and I'd do it all Over Again.

About Don Barnes

Don Barnes was the singer for Southern rock band .38 Special, taking the lead on the group's major 1980s hits "Rockin' into the Night," "Hold on Loosely," "Caught Up in You," and "If I'd Been the One." He left the band in 1987, just as the group's hot streak appeared to be coming to an end, but he came back into the fold in 1992 and continued to record and tour with the band into the 21st century.

Barnes, Donnie Van Zant, Jeff Carlisi, Jack Grondin, and Steve Brookins formed .38 Special in 1974, signing with A&M in 1977. The group didn't score a hit until 1980, when "Rockin' into the Night" just missed the Top 40, but 1981's Wild-Eyed Southern Boys turned into a platinum hit thanks to "Hold on Loosely." Special Forces gave them a Top Ten hit in the form of "Caught Up in You," and the group continued to chart in Billboard's Top 25 through 1986's "Like No Other Night."

Barnes left .38 Special after Strength in Numbers, the parent album of "Like No Other Night." He recorded a full album called Ride the Storm with co-producer Martin Briley for A&M in 1989 but it was shelved due to record company restructuring; it would later be released by Melodic Rock Records in 2017. Barnes returned to .38 Special in 1992. Over the next few decades, Barnes and .38 Special toured regularly and released three new studio albums: 1997's Resolution, 2001's A Wild-Eyed Christmas Night, and 2004's Drivetrain. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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