Various Artists

Southern Rock Classics

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Volume two of Southern Rock Classics shows Southern rock on the decline, fading or trying to fit into the pop marketplace. No better example could be served than "Caught Up in You" and "If I'd Been the One" from .38 Special, a group that started out firmly planted in the Southern rock tradition but which had drifted into Top 40 pop territory by the time they recorded these. The Allman Brothers only fare slightly better with "Angeline" and "Straight From the Heart," both from the early-'80s version of the band; and while they're still solid pop songs, they don't do justice to the band itself. Southern Rock Classics sneaks one classic, Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird," into this set of also-ran minor hits and that by itself makes the it worth the budget-price admission.

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