First album & DVD Collection

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Musiciens : Don Barnes, Guitars, Jeff Carlisi, Guitars, Pedal Steel, Dobro, Steve Brookins, Drums, Percussion, Jack Grondin, Drums, Ken Lyons, Bass, Donnie Van Zant, Vocals.

Titles :
1 Long Time Gone - 2 Fly Away - 3 Around And Around - 4 Play A Simple Song - 5 Gypsy Belle - 6 Four Wheels
7 Tell Everybody - 8 Just Hang On - 9 I Just Wanna Rock & Roll


Titles :
1 Hold On Loosely - 2 Caught Up In You - 3 Wild-Eyed Southern Boys - 4 Like No Other Night - 5 Second Chance

As 38 Special has not been heard for a long time, let us take the opportunity (before the soon release of the new album) to call back the recent distribution of the 1st album (reprinted in CD) and a DVD made up of 5 major titles in the career of the band.
The listening of this 38 Special’s 1st disk in CD format, allow to understand better the kind of music of the group before the Rock FM direction taken in the 80’s. Everyone can remember that at this time (in 1977, 38 Special built himself in the shadow of the great brothers as Lynyrd Skynyrd), the 2 bands based in Jacksonville was as an evidence very close in many fields.
Thereafter 38 Special directed much its music towards the Radios FM (without for that breaking with its Southern roots) and it is rather logically that the albums which were published in the 80’s were directed towards a new sound (more general public), which conducted to great successes worthy of largest and that is a bit what this DVD summarizes to us. Released in April 2004, at Universal Music Company, this DVD offers to us 5 titles (only!) of the glorious time, that where 38 Special was collecting the Golden Disks and other platinum; the great standards that have been Hold one Loosely, Caught Up In You, and Wild Eyed Southern Boys, are as much of proof of the formidable career of 38 Special.
In brief, an always appreciated group whose chronicle of their new album in studio will be able to be read in July 2004 ; the great groups never die, that is well-known.

Philippe Archambeau

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