While .38 Special's "Anthology" contains all of their biggest hits, it has so much more in store for the listener. Most casual fans are familiar with tunes like "Rockin' Into The Night," "Hold On Loosely," "Fantasy Girl" and "Caught Up In You," but I'm sure that many of them haven't heard the bulk of the other tunes on this album. Like most classic and southern rock acts, .38 Special has such a large catalogue of songs to pick for airplay that many of them are rarely or never played on the classic rock station. Songs like "Teacher, Teacher" and "Chain Lightnin" don't draw as much attention as the previously listed songs. Still, they are excellent tunes in their own right.
What makes .38 Special so appealing to music lovers, in my opinion, is the fact that they can crank out a legitimate southern rocker like "Deja Voodoo" and then turn around and play a pop-tinged rocker like "Back To Paradise" or a full-on arena rock ballad like "Second Chance." This gives them a much broader audience than Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, Boston, Styx or any of the other big acts that were around during their peak. While they may never be considered one of the greatest acts in any of the other listed bands' genres, they will always be remembered as a band that could play tunes from just about any genre and do it well.
.38 Special deserves any and all accolades that they've received over the years. This compilation gives the listener their greatest hits as well as an excellent dose of tunes from all of their albums up into the mid-90's. I recommend this album to fans of southern rock, arena rock, hard rock and country, as well as all those folks who, like me, are suckers for a good rock ballad. Highly recommended.