.38 Special

Wild-Eyed Southern Boys/Special Forces

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Track Listing

    Track Title

    Time

  1. Hold On Loosely
  2. First Time Around
  3. Wild-Eyed Southern Boys
  4. Back Alley Sally
  5. Fantasy Girl
  6. Hittin’ and Runnin’
  7. Honky Tonk Dancer
  8. Throw Out the Line
  9. Bring It On
  10. Caught Up in You
  11. Back Door Stranger
  12. Back on the Track
  13. Chain Lightnin’
  14. Rough-Housin’
  15. You Keep Runnin’ Away
  16. Breakin’ Loose
  17. Take ’Em Out
  18. Firestarter

Review

BGO's 2013 two-fer pairs .38 Special's two most popular albums: 1981's Wild-Eyed Southern Boys and its 1982 sequel, Special Forces. Working with songwriter Jim Peterik -- who penned the 1980 breakthrough "Rockin' Into the Night" and the hits "Hold On Loosely" and "Caught Up in You," which open Wild-Eyed Southern Boys and Special Forces, respectively -- moved .38 Special into a hook-heavy, pop-laden, arena-rock direction, and this radio-friendly sound blended nicely with Donnie Van Zant's southern rock tradition, creating two high-water marks of early-'80s AOR that are conveniently available on this attractive, fine-sounding two-fer. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi