This album seems like it’s the absolute peak 38 Special. During this album I really felt like I was listening to 38 Special and not a semi decent southern rock band. Every song was great and I really enjoyed it. They fully embrace the AOR here while still having a southern feel and it’s great. It all sounds like them, and that this is 38 Special. This is by far their best album. I will revisit this many times in the future. Favorite track: Back Where You Belong.
Tour De Force (Vinyl)
1. If I’d Been the One
2. Back Where You Belong
3. One Time for Old Times
4. See Me in Your Eyes
5. Twentieth Century Fox
6. Long Distance Affair
7. I Outta Let You Go
8. One of the Lonely Ones
9. Undercover Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Eyed Southern Boys’ Finest Effort,
38 Special is a six-men band featuring twin bass guitars and twin drums often what southern rockers are like. Their sixth album in 1983 may be a bit too defined to be southern rock but is one of the finest albums during that time. Despite the lack of songwriting genius Jim Peterik of Survivor, they could make the greatest song collections with also great songwriting pair Don Barnes and Jeff Carlisi. This album produced two top 20 hits IF I’D BEEN THE ONE and BACK WHERE YOU BELONG. Actually these songs were the very reason why I became a 38 Special fan. The rest of the album is also great with Don Barnes’ melody-driven mellow vocal. ONE OF THE LONELY ONES, TWENTY CENTURY FOX and ONE TIME FOR OLD TIME are also the highlights of this album.
Recommended for 80s pop rock fans, particularly Foreigner and Survivor fans.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Direct Shot From .38 Special,
.38 Special scored another direct shot with TOUR DE FORCE. The first side is excellent, with “One Time For Old Times” displaying a sensitivity rare in this style of music, while the second side has three great songs- “Twentieth Century Fox”, “Long Distance Affair”, and “One Of The Lonely Ones.” A great album that most fans of 70s and 80s rock will want.
5.0 out of 5 stars Its Back
Tour De Force is the peak of creativity for a band that later fell prey to the record label, and its demands to homogenize the band into some kind of top 40 hit machine. Tour De Force was a final claim to that polished AOR southern boogie that worked for both Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant. Jeff Carlisis precise chord changes and stop-start progressions make all of his work totally identifiable. “What If I’d Been The One” is an awesome tale of love gone bad coupled with a stampede of guitars that go right along with the album cover. “One Time For Old Times” should have been Donnies first #1 single, but it barely made the top 40. Its much more 38 then “Second Chance” as it retains the southerness of all their earlier work. “Back Where You Belong” is delivered with all of the zip of the afforementioned “What If”, and also made the top 40 as a nice compliment. “Long Distance Affair” may be the best 38 song you’ve never heard. What makes this album great is the energy level and production values. This is a band in full stride, not yet looking over their shoulder(s) at a record label who will eventually lose a legendary band. This is a key album in a very underrated catalogue.
5.0 out of 5 stars 38 STARS
THIS IS THE BEST SINGLE ALBUM .38 SPECIAL HAS EVER RELEASED
5.0 out of 5 stars Back when real music was being made.,
.38 special. What more needs to be said. If you don’t have this one, get it. Rock on.
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic southern rock/pop album,
The perfect mix of southern tinged rock and pop. Definitely the height of their success
5.0 out of 5 stars
I have always been a great fan of Southern Rock. From Skynyrd to Blackfoot. 38 Special is no exception, with members from Donnie Van Zant to Jeff Carlisi, Don Barnes n the rest of the crew. 38 Special are truly a great rock band. Hits like Back Where You Belong n If I’d Been The One. It just doesn’t get any better then that! If you like Southern Rock you gotta check this out. Get the party started with the Wild-Eyed Southern Boys and enjoy.