Tour de Force

Tour de Force

by .38 Special


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Tour de Force

.38 Special is a prime example of an AOR band with deep roots in Southern rock. The band hails from Florida, and vocalist Donnie Van Zant is the brother of none other than Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ronnie and Johnny Van Zant. The group's 1982 album, Special Forces, included the flawless Top Ten rocker "Caught Up in You," which injected the mainstream with a shot of much-needed grit. That album's follow-up, 1983's Tour De Force, upped the ante, showing the band's skills at their peak. Propelled by the effortless blend of melody and power stirred up by Van Zant, vocalist/guitarist Don Barnes, guitarist Jeff Carlisi, bassist Larry Junstrom, and drummers Steve Brookins and Jack Grondin, Tour De Force is loaded with irresistible hooks. The hit single, "If I'd Been the One," is a stunner steeped in passionate vocals and simple but highly effective rhythm and lead guitar parts. "Back Where You Belong," which was also a hit, is more of a straightforward pop
ock song. "I Oughta Let Go" is best described as country-rock -- or, better still, country-funk -- and the fun "Undercover Lover" is a sly, laid-back rocker. But the undiscovered gem here is "Twentieth Century Fox" (no, not the Doors song), a fantastic rocker with great guitar grooves, aggressive vocals, and clever lyrics.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: A&M Super Budget
UPC: 0075021331020
catalogNumber: 213310
Rank: 22236

Album Credits

Performance Credits

.38 Special   Primary Artist
Don Barnes   Guitar,Vocals
Carol Bristow   Background Vocals
Steve Brookins   Drums
Jeff Carlisi   Guitar,Steel Guitar
Jack Grondin   Drums
Larry Junstrom   Bass
Lu Moss   Background Vocals
Donnie Van Zant   Vocals

Technical Credits

Don Barnes   Producer
Jeff Carlisi   Producer
Jimmy Markham   Contributor
Rodney Mills   Producer,Engineer
Larry Steele   Stage Manager
Mark Spector   Director,Direction
Norman Moore   Art Direction
Chuck Beeson   Art Direction
Ric Saunders   Engineer
Steve Prezant   Cover Photo

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