Producers: Rodney Mills, Keith Olsen, Don Barnes, Jim Wallace, Dan Hartman.
Compilation producers: Mike Ragogna.
Recorded between 1980 & 1989. Includes liner notes by Scott Schinder.
Personnel: Don Barnes (vocals, guitar, piano); Danny Chauncey (vocals, guitar); Donnie Van Zant (vocals); Jeff Carlisi (guitar); Jim Barnes (harp); Steve McRay (piano, keyboards); Terry Emery, Billy Powell (piano); Steve Brookins, Jack Grondin (drums, percussion); Jim Vallance (drums); Carol Veto, Louise Bethune, Tom Kelly , Carl Hall (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Scott Schinder.
Photographers: Chris Cuffaro; Ebet Roberts; Harrison Funk; Mark Hanauer.
Fans looking for a smart, economical, and sharp-sounding overview of radio-friendly Southern rockers .38 Special will find much to love in the Very Best of the A&M Years (1977-1988). "Hold on Loosely," "Caught Up in You," "If I'd Been the One" and "Rockin' into the Night" are all present, as well as deeper cuts such as "Take Me Back" and "Wild-Eyed Southern Boys." Listeners who require more from their collections would be better off picking up Hip-O's monster, two-disc, 34-track Anthology. ~ James Christopher Monger