by .38 Special
Released: Jan 1982
Kicking off with hit "Caught Up in You," Special Forces sold a gajillion copies when it appeared in 1982. As that timeless No. 10 hit attests, the band was still staking out the ground between Southern rock and AOR, with undeniably successful results. Donnie Van Zant's particular knack for stadium-busting power balladry is equally evident on minor hit "Chain Lightnin'." Elsewhere, he and the boys keep their Southern rock roots close to their hearts, and never far from the surface.