Special Delivery was 38 Special’s 1978 follow up to their self-titled debut. The album features songs that epitomize southern rock styles ranging from hard rock to southern boogie and anthemic ballads, like the acoustic guitar-driven “Take Me Back.”
On the 1984 album, Tour De Force, 38 Special strikes a balance between heavy, rhythmic Southern rock and mainstream pop rock, as in the passionate number one hit, “If I’d Been the One” and the popular “Back Where You Belong.”
38 Special's third album, Rockin' Into the Night, showcases all the individual band members’ talents, from Don Barnes and Jeff Carlisi's fine guitar work on the title track to Donnie Van Zant’s vocal power and the skills of both drummers throughout.
The essential southern rock band 38 Special was founded by Donnie Van Zant, brother of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ronnie Van Zant. On their debut album the band rocks hard on tracks like “Four Wheels” and “Gypsy Belle” and shows a softer side with “Fly Away.”