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Artist: 38 Special

Title: Special Forces

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38 Special Special Forces Album Cover


Category: AOR/ Southern Rock

Year: 1982

Label: A&M Records

Catalog Number: CD-3299


Donnie Van Zant lead vocals
Don Barnes lead vocals, guitar
Jeff Carlisi guitar
Larry Junstrom bass
Jack Grondin drums
Steve Brookins drums


1.  Caught Up In You  4:37
2.  Back Door Stranger  4:54
3.  Back On The Track  4:41
4.  Chain Lightnin'  5:01
5.  Rough-Housin'  4:08
6.  You Keep Runnin' Away  3:56
7.  Breakin' Loose  3:32
8.  Take 'Em Out  4:07
9.  Firestarter  5:01
Total Running Time:  39:57

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Existing comments about this CD

From: James Date: April 14, 2003 at 22:19
One of the best 38 Special albums. Great hit songs and good southern rock songs. A 10 to me. I just wish it had more than 9 songs on the cd.

From: Knuckles Date: May 24, 2004 at 9:48
.38 special,man not many can have any bad words to say about em. Just love crankin that song CHAIN LIGHTNIN' up to where you feel the pounding in your heart.

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From: Jez Date: September 7, 2004 at 11:32
THE best .38 album period, and one i have been playing regularly for the past 20 odd years . The band really hit their stride with this one, cranking out hit singles all over the place. Ohh the glory days.

From: Chad Date: February 4, 2005 at 23:10
Chin Lightening! What the hell! I guess a finger slip is present in the track listing to this one. CHAIN LIGHTENING is a stellar track. So is Caught up in You and Rough Housin'. Can't go wrong with this .38 Special album.

From: Remastered Reason Date: January 22, 2006 at 11:50
It's a toss up between this one & the next, as to which is the best 38 Special album. This one seems to rock slightly harder with the concert favorite "Rough-Housin'" & album oriented "Chain Lightning". Still, the bands top FM staple is found here in "Caught Up In You".

From: Photochromic Steve Date: November 13, 2008 at 15:22
It just goes to show how different peoples' tastes vary even when they like the same band. For me, "Caught up in you" and "You keep runnin' away" are really good tracks, but the rest disappoint. To most of the earlier reviewers this is their best album - for me it's a toss up between Tour de Force and Strength in Numbers as to their best, with this one well down the list.

From: Animal! Date: February 5, 2011 at 20:15
this band just cooks. I prefer these guys to most all other southern rock bands

From: edwithmj Date: August 29, 2011 at 18:14
This picks up where Wild-Eyed Southern Boys left off. Caught Up In You is one of their best ever songs while Back Door Stranger, Rough-Housin', Chain Lightnin' and Back On The Track make this a must for any southern rock/AOR fan.

From: 123charpenay Date: November 12, 2011 at 8:50
the exact follow to wild eyed southern boys.38 special is on the good way ,the way of the success in the eighties.top class southern a o r.a must have.

From: 707STAR Date: November 17, 2011 at 15:59

From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 10, 2012 at 22:29
A pre-warming to what was coming next..."Tour De Force" ....this one has some good moments such as "Caught Up In You","Chain Lightnin'","Rough-Housin'"(rocks!),"You Keep Runnin'Away" & "Take'Em Out"....recommended...86/100

From: 123charpenay Date: January 21, 2014 at 14:12
since thirty years,each time i listen this jewel ,i m under the charm.exceptionnal mix of aor and southern rock.the production is sensational, the sound is powerful and very clear.only killer songs.a must have.unfortunately no bonus track on the japan import.

From: hair metal again Date: January 14, 2020 at 15:55
very good release for 38 SPECIAL that started to set things in their sound and what was about to happen later on!nice mix of southern music and that early 80 s AOR feel with songs like "caught up in you","chain lightnin" and "you keep running away"!good stuff ,just not great

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