'Special Forces' was a triumph for the band, reporedly going double platinum in the States. Southern AOR is pretty much defined within this album, setting the stage for 'Tour De Force' and 'Strength In Numbers' which would both see a decline in southern influence and an almost total focus on AOR.
Despite including their biggest single, 'Rock & Roll Strategy' did not set the album charts alight. In certain quarters a school of thought emerged that it was a step down in quality, more accurate would have been a step sideways.
The late 80's wasn't a fertile hunting ground for those in the 38 camp. The turn of the decade saw the release of this album 'Bone Against Steel', the band having left longtime label A&M for new territory with Charisma Records (an Atlantic Records offshoot), though this would be for a short duration only, as history will show.
This album has a late 80's vibe, that evokes Molly Hatchet's 'Lightning Strikes Twice', hardly sounding like an album recorded in 2004. That can only be a positive sign, but it doesn't necessarily make for a consistent album, even with Jim Peterik co-writing.
Here's an album that never saw the light of day, with a big budget and top-notch studio musicians on supply. Wonders never cease to amaze. Don Barnes of course is/was a member of 38 Special, and back in 1989 had this album 'Ride The Storm' ready for a big-label release. This never occurred, and the project remained a mystery ever since..