Second Helping [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote the book on Southern rock with their first album, so it only made sense that they followed it for their second album, aptly titled Second Helping. Sticking with producer Al Kooper who, after all, discovered them, the group turned out a record that replicated all the strengths of the original, but was a little tighter and a little more professional. It also revealed that the band, under the direction of songwriter Ronnie Van Zant, was developing a truly original voice. Of course, the band had already developed their own musical voice, but it was enhanced considerably by Van Zant's writing, which was at turns plainly poetic, surprisingly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote the book on Southern rock with their first album, so it only made sense that they followed it for their second album, aptly titled Second Helping. Sticking with producer Al Kooper who, after all, discovered them, the group turned out a record that replicated all the strengths of the original, but was a little tighter and a little more professional. It also revealed that the band, under the direction of songwriter Ronnie Van Zant, was developing a truly original voice. Of course, the band had already developed their own musical voice, but it was enhanced considerably by Van Zant's writing, which was at turns plainly poetic, surprisingly clever, and always revealing. Though Second Helping isn't as hard a rock record as Pronounced, it's the songs that make the record. "Sweet Home Alabama" became ubiquitous, yet it's rivaled by such terrific songs as the snide, punkish "Workin' for MCA," the Southern groove of "Don't Ask Me No Questions," the affecting "The Ballad of Curtis Loew," and "The Needle and the Spoon," a drug tale as affecting as their rival Neil Young's "Needle and the Damage Done," but much harder rocking. This is the part of Skynyrd that most people forget -- they were a great band, but they were indelible because that was married to great writing. And nowhere was that more evident than on Second Helping. [The 1997 MCA reissue adds three bonus tracks: the single version of "Don't Ask Me No Questions," a demo of "Was I Right or Wrong," and "Take Your Time."]
Rolling Stone - Anthony Decurtis
...on Second Helping, the group is fully alive and well - a powerhouse rock band by profession and Southern by the grace of God.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/1997
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811164829
  • Catalog Number: 11648
  • Sales rank: 19,921

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lynyrd Skynyrd Primary Artist
Allen Collins Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Background Vocals
Clydie King Vocals, Background Vocals
Billy Powell Piano, Keyboards
Bob Burns Drums
Merry Clayton Vocals, Background Vocals
Bobby Keys Horn, Saxophone
Ed King Bass, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Slide Guitar, Fender Stratocaster
Trevor Lawrence Horn, Saxophone
Steve Madaio Trumpet, Horn
Steve Madeo Horn
Mike Porter Drums
Gary Rossington Guitar, Electric Guitar
Toby Hand Clapping
Ronnie Van Zant Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Leon Wilkeson Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Wolfman Hand Clapping
Bobby Keyes Horn
Wicker Hand Clapping
Bob Burns Drums
Bob Burns Jr. Drums
Mister Feedback Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
J.J. Cale Composer
Al Kooper Producer, Engineer, Remixing, Audio Production
Allen Collins Composer
Ed King Composer
Gary Rossington Composer
Doug Schwartz Mastering
Ronnie Van Zant Composer
Townes Van Zant Composer
Ron O'Brien Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Hideki Masubuchi Liner Notes
Hitoshi Takiguchi Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Skynyrd rules!

    Lynyrd Skynyrd is the greatest southern-rock band ever. They do music right, with their soul pouring outta every song. Second Helping deserves a place in every rock and roll collection out there!

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