Year : 1988 (Japan SHM-CD Remastered Edition 2018)
Style : Hard Rock , Classic Rock
Country : United States
Audio : 320 kbps + scans + Video
Size : 124 mb
38 Special (also written .38 Special or Thirty-Eight Special) is an American rock band that was formed by neighborhood friends Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant in 1974 in Jacksonville, Florida.The band's first two albums had a strong southern rock influence. By the early 1980s, .38 Special shifted to a more accessible arena rock style without abandoning its southern rock roots. This shift helped to usher in a string of successful albums and singles.Their breakthrough hit was "Hold On Loosely" (1981). "Caught Up in You" (1982) and "If I'd Been the One" (1984) both hit No. 1 on Billboard magazine's Album Rock Tracks chart. "Back Where You Belong" (1984) continued the annual sequence of radio favorites. In 1985 they had another hit with "Teacher Teacher", written by Jim Vallance and Bryan Adams. The song climbed to #4 on the Billboard Top Tracks Chart, spending 10 weeks on the chart from the soundtrack of the 1984 film Teachers. "Second Chance" was a No. 1 hit on Billboard's adult contemporary chart in 1989, followed by "The Sound of Your Voice" in 1991 (Billboard Hot 100 #33) from Bone Against Steel and "Fade to Blue" from the album Resolution made it to #33 on the Mainstream Rock chart in 1997.In 2007, 38 Special was the opening act on Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr.'s Rowdy Frynds Tour, and on September 27, 2008, they filmed a CMT Crossroads special with country singer Trace Adkins, performing both artists' hits from over the years. In 2009, 38 Special opened for REO Speedwagon and Styx as part of the "Can't Stop Rockin' Tour."As of 2014, the lineup consists of Don Barnes, guitarist Danny Chauncey, keyboardist Bobby Capps, drummer Gary Moffatt, and bassist Barry Dunaway. In 2012 a notice was posted on 38 Special's website saying Van Zant would not tour with the band due to health issues related to inner-ear nerve damage, although he would continue to write and record with the band. In 2013, after nearly a year of missing performances, it was confirmed that Donnie Van Zant had officially left 38 Special after 39 years, and was retiring from music. In 2014, longtime bassist Larry Junstrom was replaced by Barry Dunaway. Dunaway has filled in for Junstrom for a handful of shows in 2011, and a few shows in 2013 as well. Junstrom was forced to retire due to a hand injury, that required surgery. This leaves only Don Barnes as an original member, although Barnes was absent from the band from 1987 until 1992.
Japanese music market did it again: all the best 38 SPECIAL albums finally have been remastered, a 2017 fresh treatment using the original US analog master tapes and pressed on high quality SHM-CD. It's all done in wonderful cardboard sleeve mini LP replica, which also faithfully replicates the OBI design of the Japanese first pressing LP.And now we have here in exclusive "Rock & Roll Strategy", another stupendous rocking album from 38 Special."Rock & Roll Strategy" is the eighth studio album by 38 Special, released in 1988, and their final album for long-time label A&M Records. It was the first album to feature the new vocalist and keyboard player Max Carl.Carl brought some of his experience in the melodic rock field, and as happened with the previous 38 Special album, this "Rock & Roll Strategy" packs a sound typical from the second half of the 80s, a polished and clean production.Don Barnes is no more in 38 Special here, gone to pursue a solo career, so Max Carl sings a lot of lead vocals and the sound is definitely different but still has the Jeff Carlisi guitar riffs (plus new guitarist Danny Chauncey) and the band rocks with bluesy melodies.This album contained a Top 10 hit, "Second Chance", which peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, an AORrish number among my favorites.Another great tune is midtempo "Midnight Magic" and the sweet melodic "Innocent Eyes" (with some Survivor on it) , and if you need bluesy rockers press play on "Comin' Down Tonight", "Little Sheba" or "Hot 'Lanta".They end the album with the excellent "Love Strikes", more of a rock&pop song with great atmosphere.While 38 Special southern rock roots are still present in "Rock & Roll Strategy", this is a mainstream rock album with a true 1988 American sound, mostly rock&pop / melodic rock oriented which will appeal fans of the genre and the overall '80s sound.This fresh Japanese remaster on SHM-CD is fabulous, crisp, pristine clear.
Donnie Van Zant – lead vocals
Jeff Carlisi – guitar, steel guitar
Danny Chauncey – guitar
Max Carl – keyboards, lead vocals
Larry Junstrom – bass
Jack Grondin – drums
Robert White Johnson – percussion, background vocals
Edd Miller – percussion
The Noise Gator – horns
The Six Groomers – background vocals
01. Rock & Roll Strategy 4:33
02. What's It To Ya? 4:29
03. Little Sheba 4:53
04. Comin' Down Tonight 4:25
05. Midnight Magic 4:20
06. Second Chance 5:02
07. Hot 'Lanta 5:41
08. Never Be Lonely 4:39
09. Chattahoochee 4:09
10. Innocent Eyes 4:16
11. Love Strikes 4:31
+ Video "Second Chance" (Official Video)
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