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If anyone has the other cd's to add to the site please do so.

Thanks. They were a great Southern/AOR band for the early 80's. They still played guitar driven rock when even bands like Van Halen were into the synthisizer experience. 38 Special just player straight root's rock n roll.

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37 Special, 38 Special... Hey, whatever it takes.

All kidding aside though, 66 mustang is right. This band knew how to rock. They even had a Van Zant brother for godsakes! How many Southern Rock bands can claim that?! (Okay, all of them. But you get my point).

I'm in agreement here. More .38 please.

 

Jim

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got some news about a New CD.

 

Hi Gang,

The Official release date for the next studio CD from 38 Special is set as

June 8th. Not a bad Birthday present if you ask me :) They have a tentative

title for the CD that they are bouncing around and as soon as it is set in

stone I'll give you the details. Things are starting to move along in the

production phase. They will be pulling everything together SOON and hitting

the studio for the mixing section of the project. Graphics and design work

are in the near future as well. I will be working on a TOTAL redesign of

the entire website to go along with the CD release so if you have any

suggestions of things you would like to see included in the new site please

let me know. I am open to new ideas to kick things up a notch. Don says the

CD is an "Exciting, Loud, and RUDE, in your face power CD that is sure to

grab your attention right from the opening seconds!!" His excitement is

contagious!!! :)

Tom

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from melodicrock.com and Jim Peterik

 

 

And lastly, Jim chimes in some added enthusiasm for the upcoming 38 Special record, which is really beginning to sound like something special. His comments read:

"I am really excited about the release of the new 38 Special album entitled Drivetrain. I must say I am totally blown away! This thing rocks. Don Barnes had been prepping me to expect a harder sound but nothing could have prepared me. The band is TIGHT! To me some of the standouts of the ones I had the pleasure of co-writing are the opening cut Something I Need (written a few years back during one of my trips to Atlanta to write with Danny and Don), Hurts Like Love which I just found out will be their first single, Quick Fix, which I wrote with Donny Vanzant (great vocal, Donny- you've never sounded better), Make Some Sense Of It, (written in Jacksonville ) and the real sleeper, Sheriff's County Line. (Also written in Jacksonville with 38 and the extra help of Johnny Van Zant). This last one is a real story song which tells the tale of the sheriff of Sheriff's County, his lovely but flirtatious daughter Estelle, and his favorite deputy named Calhoun who ultimately betrays him. Film at 11. This song I am particularly proud of because it goes where few songs of mine have ever gone. Please check it out."

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Man I love some .38 special, I loved listening to them back in the late 70's and early 80's. It was bands like them that got me into Rock, along with the Eagles and Bob Seger. I'm gonna have to dig some out now and listen to it.

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from melodicrock.com and Jim Peterik

 

 

And lastly, Jim chimes in some added enthusiasm for the upcoming 38 Special record, which is really beginning to sound like something special. His comments read:

"I am really excited about the release of the new 38 Special album entitled Drivetrain. I must say I am totally blown away! This thing rocks. Don Barnes had been prepping me to expect a harder sound but nothing could have prepared me. The band is TIGHT! To me some of the standouts of the ones I had the pleasure of co-writing are the opening cut Something I Need (written a few years back during one of my trips to Atlanta to write with Danny and Don), Hurts Like Love which I just found out will be their first single, Quick Fix, which I wrote with Donny Vanzant (great vocal, Donny- you've never sounded better), Make Some Sense Of It, (written in Jacksonville ) and the real sleeper, Sheriff's County Line. (Also written in Jacksonville with 38 and the extra help of Johnny Van Zant). This last one is a real story song which tells the tale of the sheriff of Sheriff's County, his lovely but flirtatious daughter Estelle, and his favorite deputy named Calhoun who ultimately betrays him. Film at 11. This song I am particularly proud of because it goes where few songs of mine have ever gone. Please check it out."

Never been a huge fan, but always respected them and stopped in to see the end of their set at a county fair a few years back.

 

However, this description sounds really interesting. I'll have to check this one out!

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hear the new 38 Special song now

 

http://24.104.40.88/bone/38Special_hurtslikelove.asx

DAMN!!! I LOVE this!! :banger: It reminds me of the heavier direction Skynyrd went with their last one. Don Barnes sounds better than ever!

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38 Special be live on Rockline Wed. night @ 11 p.m. est. to promote the new

Drivetrain CD :)

 

July 27th release of "Drivetrain." Once again, ROCKLINE will feature songs

from an unreleased album for you, as the vaunted Southern Rockers join us

from KQ 92 in Minneapolis in the midst of a huge tour. The Jacksonville,

Florida based band will be on the road well into October.

 

You can listen live on the net here.............

http://www.1077thebone.com/

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ok, i bought the cd and it is in a total different direction and sound. while you still have the core sound that made up the 38 Special sound, everything else is changed. Gone are the pop/aor hooks and smooth polished production of the 80's and it is replaced with a much more raw and unproduced sound. The cd sounds like they do live, which has it pro's and con's. While the Van Zant songs stay more true to the past, The Barnes songs are much more raw. The songs will not win any pop fans over. They are totaly different from songs such as Caught Up In You and Back Where You Belong. They are a bit "fuzzed up" in the vocals and guitars.

My take is how laid back Resolution was, they tried to make up for it with this cd. While it is growing on me, I'm starting to like what i hear. The Van Zant songs caught my attention first and more of the Barnes songs are coming along.

My big compaint is that they put two older songs on the disc. The Squeeze was a song they put out when Don came back to the band back in the mid 90's. And Trooper With An Attitude, a song they did a few years ago from the movie Super Troopers. They re-recorded these songs and my opinion was that they sounded better in the original form. They could have thrown in two new songs and put these songs as a bonus on so many new releases as a limited run or something. It just bothers me because i have both of them and i know that most fans would have never even of heard these songs but at a show so a can see the reason for them being on the cd but i still don't like them on the cd without some bonus songs to make up for some older recorded songs.

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Picked this up yesterday.............I really like it.I enjoy the less polished sound,to me it has a more pure southern rock sound like Molly Hatchet and the new Skynyrd.The only song I could do without is "Jam on" a little cheesey if you ask me.Other than that a good solid disc in a time when there is not a lot to choose from in your local Best Buy........ :drink:

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Hot on the heels of their new release DRIVETRAIN, 38 Special will be, in

Cleveland, sharing the Tower City Amphitheatre stage with their Southern

counterparts Lynyrd Skynyrd on Weds. August 18.

 

Like Lynyrd Skynyrd, 38 Special has been in the music business for 30 years

– scoring a string of radio hits in the 80’s that carried them to platinum

status. However, it didn't come easy for the band. If it wasn't for one

special moment in 1974, there may not have ever been a 38 Special.

After struggling through various bands in the Jacksonville, FL area, a

frustrated Donnie Van Zant thought that he might never make it in the music

business. Donnie made a decision to start a new band with his musical

partner in crime – Don Barnes. At that time they decided to start a new

band, two job offers came in from two railroad companies for Donnie. Should

he stick with his dream of making music his career or should he throw in

the towel and take a job with one of the railroad companies. Donnie

approached his older brother Ronnie Van Zant and asked for his advice.

Ronnie laughed at him and replied “Bro

ther, you got music in your blood

whether you realize it or not. You owe it to yourself to go for it. If you

don't, you may regret it someday.” Taking Ronnie’s advice to heart, Donnie

decided to stick with music as his career choice and 38 Special was born.

That advice and decision would prove priceless, as 38 Special would later

score a string of radio hits in the 80’s that solidified their status as a

platinum selling band. Their new release DRIVETRAIN is a raw, aggressive,

dirty, and greasy record. It is their heaviest record to date. Anchored by

the cornerstones of the band – Donnie Van Zant (vocals) and Don Barnes

(vocals, guitar) the current 38 Special lineup is rounded out by long time

bassist Larry Junstrom (who joined the band for their second album and was

a member of Lynyrd Skynyrd before they hit it big), Danny Chauncey

(guitars, keys), Bobby Capps (keys), and Gary Moffatt (drums). Danny

Chauncey phoned in to CLEVELANDROCKNET to talk about the new album and the

current tour.

 

CRN – I caught 38 Special a few months ago and man, did you blow me away

with your energetic live show.

Danny Chauncey – The live show experience is the best part of what we do.

We have a lot of fun playing live. We challenge ourselves to do a good live

show. We’re very aware of the technical end of things and doing what we do

so that it will sound the best out front. We take a lot of pride in playing

tight.

 

CRN – I agree with that. The audience feeds off that…

DC – For myself, I’ve been to shows and when the performers on stage are

actually engaged with the audience (making eye contact, having fun with

them, allowing them to be part of the show) – those have been the most fun

shows for me. I think that’s important. I still want to hear musicians play

well. But, if I’m going to see someone live I would like it to be an

experience. That’s kind of what 38 Special is all about.

 

CRN – I love the dirty sound you guys nailed on the new record DRIVETRAIN.

Is that something you were shooting for?

DC – I’m glad you like it! Actually, what we tried to do is capture that

live sound of how we sound live. We wanted, for our own sake, that when we

played the record for our friends or listened to it ourselves that it would

sound every bit energetic and exciting as our shows sound to us. That’s the

approach we took with the recording of the record.

 

CRN – Why such a long gap in studio albums? It’s been 5 years since your

last release. I was getting worried you were ready to hit the oldies

touring circuit!

DC – (laughing) I think the reason for such a long gap was because we were

actually touring so much. We didn’t have a huge block of time where we

could set aside to work on a new record. We finally ended up having to do

that earlier this year. We thought that we could work on a new album around

the touring schedule. To some degree, we did. But it was starting to drag

on. So we sat aside some time earlier this year and got it done. And no! No

plans to hit the oldies touring circuit! (Still laughing).

 

CRN – You’re touring right now with Lynyrd Skynyrd. You can’t go wrong with

that package.

DC – Playing a concert with Lynyrd Skynyrd is so much fun. Number one is

that we all get along and it’s great to see old friends. Number two is that

our audiences are so similar. So it’s a really good package. We probably do

around 15-20 shows a year with them. They’re always great shows. Anyone who

gets a chance to see those shows really should come check the show out.

Lynyrd Skynyrd is the headliner. But they are always kind enough to give us

as much time as possible to play. Normally an opening act gets like 40 to

45 minutes. Lynyrd Skynyrd always gives us around 70-75 minutes.

 

CRN – With so much material available, that has to be hard coming up with a

set list.

DC – What we’ve had to do actually, is that because there have been so many

radio songs we have to do a medley. It lets us play a little bit of a lot

of songs. Otherwise, we would have to drop a lot of songs and we don’t want

people to go home from a concert going “Oh man! I wish they would have

played that one song.” I know that every artist can’t play everything. We

try to accommodate the fans the best we can.

 

CRN – What are some of your favorite songs on DRIVETRAIN?

DC – There’s so much I like on there. It’s hard to pick one. There’s this

one song called “The Play”. It’s probably the most interesting piece of

music on the record. It was a fun song to write and it has some sonically

interesting things going on in it.

 

CRN – One of my favorites is “Haley’s got a Harley”.

DC – Isn’t that a cool song? “Haley’s got a Harley” was actually one of my

picks to be the first release off of the record because of how trashy it

is. The slide guitar solo was actually done by a friend of mine named Marke

Burgstahler in California. We were in Atlanta. I had some server space and

uploaded a rough mix of the song. He downloaded it and did the solo in his

studio in CA. He then uploaded the song back to me. It’s really cool from a

technology standpoint. I’ve never worked like that before. It didn’t take

up a lot of time and it definitely helped speed up the production.

 

CRN – I know 38 Special released the ANTHOLOGY retrospective a few years

ago. I know you have to have a big catalog of unreleased music. Any plans

to release any of that material in the future?

DC – That’s a great idea. I’ve thought about that before – maybe releasing

alternate versions of songs and unreleased songs. On every record there’s a

bunch of songs that don’t make it onto the actual record. For DRIVETRAIN,

there was this really good song that we didn’t use because we wanted it to

be a 12 song record. Why did we want 12 songs on the record? I don’t know.

I don’t see why we didn’t put it on the record. But anyhow, the song is

called “Jealousy”. For a lot of us involved in the record it was our

favorite song. But, yeah, you’re right. There’s a lot I think we could do.

For the die hard 38 Special fans it would be great. Hopefully, we can

something like that for them.

 

CRN – Any closing thoughts?

DC – Hopefully everyone can make it to the show. We’re really looking

forward to putting on a good show. It’s been awhile since we’ve played

right in Cleveland, so it should be a good night of good rock and roll.

Thank you for all the years of support. We don’t take the fans for granted.

We really appreciate the fans from the bottom of our hearts.

 

38 Special’s new release DRIVETRAIN is out now on Sanctuary Records. For

more information log onto www.38special.com or www.sanctuaryrecords.com

 

 

 

Chuck Myden

 

http://www.clevelandrocknet.com/

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Quick question, my step dad has one of their earlier discs, I dont know which one it is, but when this guy at the CD shop in Salt Lake saw it, he tried buying it first for $5 then eventually offering him like $40 for it, so my step dad didn't sell it, primarily because of the way this guy originally went after it so quickly, which tipped his hand, I just remembered this happening after reading this thread, I never took the time to investigate it, but was curious now what this could've been? is there some long lost 38 Special disc that is obscure? I cant figure for a second what it could be, they are a very prevalent group, or did they cut out one of their discs and now it's obscure? I tallied it up to be like Eddie Moneys Where's The Party disc, but obviously haven't cared enough to dig deeper, any of you know what disc I might be talking about? or was this just a freak disc buyer, who had a hard on for a certain 38 disc, and my step dad blew an opportunity to sell a $5 disc for $40? if any of you know? If it's nothing, then it's just another one of my many posts, rambling and typing, a whole bunch of words, which collectively form no meaning, in which I will expect the standard responses I usually get from you all to my posts!

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Donnie Van Zant........

 

 

 

--- As many of you already know, Donnie Van Zant has not been able to join the band's performances for the past 6 months. In accordance with doctor’s strict orders and due to health issues related to inner-ear nerve damage, he will also not be able to join 38 Special onstage in the foreseeable future. Donnie will continue to write and record with the band and 38 Special will continue its nationwide tour in support of their Live From Texas album. Lead singer and band co-founder Don Barnes and the rest of the band wish Donnie a full and speedy recovery. --- Back to News

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