Bone Against Steel

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Bone Against Steel
38 Special - Bone Against Steel.jpg
Studio album by 38 Special
Released July 1991
Recorded 1990
Genre Southern rock
Length 63:48
Label Charisma
Producer Rodney Mills
38 Special chronology
Rock & Roll Strategy
Bone Against Steel
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Bone Against Steel is the ninth studio album by the southern rock band 38 Special, released in 1991. It was their last album until their 1996 comeback and the last album to feature the vocalist and keyboard player Max Carl.

The album itself was a modest commercial success and only reached #170 on the Billboard 200 album chart. However, the single "The Sound of Your Voice" (also known as "Sound of Your Voice"), was a major hit, and one of three songs co-written by Survivor's Jim Peterik for the album. The song, with a vocal hook in the chorus very reminiscent of Survivor's "I Can't Hold Back", reached #2 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and #33 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the second of the three Peterik songs, "Rebel to Rebel", only reached #30 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Sound of Your Voice" (Carl, Carlisi, Chauncey, Peterik) – 4:58
  2. "Signs of Love" (Carl) – 4:49
  3. "Last Thing I Ever Do" (Carlisi, Chauncey, Robert White Johnson, Michael Lunn, Van Zant) – 5:22
  4. "You Definitely Got Me" (Carl, Carlisi, Chauncey) – 5:12
  5. "Rebel to Rebel" (Carlisi, Peterik, Van Zant) – 5:33
  6. "Bone Against Steel" (Carl) – 5:24
  7. "You Be the Dam, I'll Be the Water" (Carl, Johnson, Stephenson, Van Zant, White Johnson) – 4:26
  8. "Jimmy Gillum" (Carl, Carlisi, Chauncey, Van Zant) – 5:07
  9. "Tear It Up" (Carl, Carlisi, Chauncey) – 4:39
  10. "Don't Wanna Get It Dirty" (Johnson, Lunn, Van Zant, White Johnson) – 4:36
  11. "Burning Bridges" (Carl, Carlisi, Chauncey) – 4:45
  12. "Can't Shake It" (Johnson, Lunn, Van Zant, White Johnson) – 3:29
  13. "Treasure" (Carl, Carlisi, Peterik) – 5:40


Guest musicians[edit]


  • Producer: Rodney Mills
  • Engineer: Rodney Mills
  • Assistant engineers: Tag George, Edd Miller, Phil Tan
  • Mixing: Rodney Mills
  • Mastering: Bob Ludwig
  • Drum programming: Scott Meeder
  • Operation: Mark Rogers
  • Design: Norman Moore
  • Photography: John Halpern, Peter Miller
  • Cover photo: Peter Miller
  • Art direction: Norman Moore


AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1991 The Billboard 200 170

SinglesBillboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1991 "Rebel to Rebel" Mainstream Rock Tracks 30
1991 "The Sound of Your Voice" Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
1991 "The Sound of Your Voice" The Billboard Hot 100 33