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38 Special - 1981 Wild Eyed Southern Boys
Here you'll find Southern AOR clearly defined as a sub-genre, 38 Special finding a winning sound and approach they would further refine with the following three albums.

38 Special - 1982 Special Forces
'Special Forces' was a triumph for the band, reportedly 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.

38 Special - 1983 Tour De Force
'Tour De Force' was a success by any measure. Double platinum and two top twenty hits, this is an example of where the right team won - a great AOR release that got the results it deserved.

38 Special - 1986 Strength In Numbers
'Strength In Numbers' is quite possibly their purest AOR moment, and featured some heavyweight guest musicians.

38 Special - 1988 Rock & Roll Strategy
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.

38 Special - 1991 Bone Against Steel
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.

38 Special - 2004 Drive Train
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.

Barnes, Don - 1989 Ride The Storm
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..

Chauncey, Danny - 2000 Interview with the 38 Special guitarist
Interview with guitar gunslinger Danny Chauncey. July 2000.

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