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Album Review

There's little question that Hip-O's 2001 double-disc set, Anthology, is a thorough, definitive overview of .38 Special's career, spanning from their hit-laden A&M albums, through their '90s albums for Charisma and Razor & Tie, and wrapping up with a studio cut from the CMC International release, Live at Sturgis. This is a good thing, if you're just judging an album in terms of comprehensiveness, which just may be what the dedicated are looking for, but if you're not dedicated, this collection is awfully long. That's not to say it doesn't do a good job of summarizing the group's career, since it does, but the hits — "Rockin' in to the Night," "Hold on Loosely," "Caught Up in You," "If I'd Been the One," "Back Where You Belong" — are so good, that the rest of the material is shown as the good, but generic, material that it is. So, for the casual fans, it might be better to seek out a more concise collection, including the 20th Century Masters disc, since they're almost all there. Yes, this collection contains a few gems not readily available on that disc or other collections — the teachers theme, "Teacher, Teacher," and the hit ballad "Second Chance" — but this still remains the province of the converted, not the casual.

Customer Reviews


38 Speacial is a instant classic band with great catchy tunes and music that make you think you have heard of ir but is just awsome. I recommend the whole album but he best songs are Caught up in you, Hold on loosely, and Rockin Into the Night :) :) :D


Great, Great, Great What else needs to be said? Perfect for a summer drive!

Great Stuff!

O.K., let me just say that "Hold on Loosely" is probably one of the best guitar rock songs of all-time! Those guitars are so smokin' it's not funny! The vocals are great, as well! I also loved the switch to AC, Top 40 in 1989 with "Second Chance." Very mellow song with a great message!


Formed: 1975 in Jacksonville, FL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Initially, .38 Special were one of many Southern rock bands in the vein of the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd; in fact, the band was led by Donnie Van Zant, the brother of Skynyrd's leader, Ronnie Van Zant. After releasing a couple of albums of straight-ahead Southern boogie, the band revamped its sound to fall halfway between country-fried blues-rock and driving, arena-ready hard rock. The result was a string of hit albums and singles in the early '80s, highlighted by "Caught Up in You," "If...
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