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Artist: 38 Special

Title: Wild-Eyed Southern Boys

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38 Special Wild-Eyed Southern Boys Album Cover


Category: Southern Rock/AOR

Year: 1980

Label: A&M

Catalog Number: 75021-3298-2


Donnie Van Zant Lead Vocals
Don Barnes Guitar, Lead Vocals, Piano, Background Vocals
Jeff Carlisi Guitar
Larry Junstrom Bass
Jack Grondin Drums
Steve Brookins Drums
Carol Veto Background Vocals
Steve Mcray Piano on "Hittin' And Runnin" , "Honky Tonk Dancer", and "Back Alley Sally"


1.  Hold On Loosely  4:39
2.  First Time Around  3:59
3.  Wild-Eyed Southern Boys  4:18
4.  Back Alley Sally  3:11
5.  Fantasy Girl  4:06
6.  Hittin' And Runnin'  4:55
7.  Honky Tonk Dancer  4:59
8.  Throw Out The Line  3:45
9.  Bring It On  5:38
Total Running Time:  39:30

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Existing comments about this CD

From: James Date: March 6, 2004 at 13:24
.38 Special are just starting to hit their stride here. The next few albums would hit the mark perfect. three signature songs and the album tracks are not bad either. love this album. still holding on to the Southern Roots hard here with the AOR sound being secondary

From: koogles Date: March 9, 2004 at 18:09
Breakthrough release for .38 Special. 'Tour De Force' is their masterpiece, however.

From: 80sMetal1 Date: June 27, 2004 at 4:15
Man these guys were so ahead of their time with this release. Just that crystal-clear distortion on guitar and smooth vox.....who sounded like this in '80??!! Just great stuff all around, 'Wild Eyed Southern Boys' being my favorite song.

From: love metal Date: July 30, 2004 at 15:00
I really like the album and the cover art is fun. Favorite 38 special song of all time "hold on loosely". But like all the album i have heard from them.

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From: Jez Date: September 7, 2004 at 11:28
As with the previous release a very strong album, choc full of great Aor tinged southern rock. Their first major league album, and one that still stands out in their excellent back catologue.

From: Remastered Reason Date: January 22, 2006 at 11:44
A huge jump commercially & a great sounding AOR southern album overall. "Hold On Loosly" & "Fantasy Girl" are the gems here while the band also made the rollicking concert favorite "Wild-Eyed Southern Boys".

From: lalorock Date: January 11, 2008 at 16:33
Buen album,raices sureñas y con sus toques AOR,guitarras endurecidas con bastante melodía,mis temas favoritos Hold on loosely por ser llena de energía y grandes coros,Fantasy girl y Hittin´and runnin´ corte épico donde los solos de guitarra son mágicos y la voz de Don Barnes está mejor que nunca,buen album si tomas en cuenta el aire sureño,8/10.

From: Animal! Date: February 5, 2011 at 20:16
Two thumbs up!

From: 123charpenay Date: November 11, 2011 at 17:16
the first top class aor southern album of 38 special.superb style of music.very rare. the others are van zant (1985)and the two records of gary rossington and his wife dale krantz.return to the scene of the crime 1986 and love your man 1988.pleasure guaranted when you listen these masterpieces.

From: 707STAR Date: November 17, 2011 at 15:53

From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 10, 2012 at 22:24
Yeah guys!!!..a good release that contains the first real major hit of the band in "Hold On Loosely" then some other good shots are "Wild-Eyed Southern Boys" & "Fantasy Girl"...they were starting to flirt with AOR really seriously...83/100

From: elljam Date: May 25, 2012 at 4:43
I personally think the southern rock inspired tracks like "First time around", "Honky tonk dancer" & "Bring it on" are very good. However the more AOR numbers like "Hold on loosely" & "Fantasy girls" sound limp & let the album down.

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