Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

38 Special - The Very Best of the A&M Years (1977-1988) (2003)


I'm not southern rock guy and I know next to nothing about this band, but this radio friendly compilation is perfect by the pool.  And that's precisely why I picked it up.  It's front-loaded - most of the hits I remember are in the first half of the disc, but it all starts to sound the same so it's pleasant enough for a while before ending with a whimper.  I seem to remember from the band's videos that the group had two drummers?  Sometimes one is too many and they went and got themselves two.  Go figure.

Thorough retrospective liner essay by music journalist Scott Schinder.  Also included in this CD: a Rockin' Into The Night album cover iron-on decal! Jealous much?

Below, I've marked my favorites with a ✔ and tracks I skip with a ✘.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks:  18 tracks, 76 minutes.

Rockin' Into The Night198043
Hold On Loosely198110
Wild-Eyed Southern Boys1981

Fantasy Girl198152
Caught Up In You198210
Chain Lightnin'1982

You Keep Runnin' Away198238

Stone Cold Believer1980
Twentieth Century Fox1983

If I'd Been The One198319
Back Where You Belong198320
Teacher, Teacher198425
Somebody Like You198648
Like No Other Night198614
Back To Paradise198741
Second Chance19896
Take Me Back1978

Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  Nothing specific, just a general sense of being a skinny high school kid.  I didn't own any of 38 Special albums back then, but their stuff was all over the radio, even the non-single album cuts.

1 comment:

  1. 38 Special has been a favorite of mine since I first heard "Rockin' Into The Night." They did have quite a winning streak of singles though I must say I'm a little surprised you don't care for their late career Number One Adult Contemporary song "Second Chance."