Street Survivors [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Sometimes, expanded Deluxe Editions don't seem to have much of a purpose outside of marketing: the second disc will contain a clearinghouse of B-sides and remixes or a live show, not adding much to the story of the original album. That's not the case with the Deluxe Edition of Lynyrd Skynyrd's final album, Street Survivors -- it's a Deluxe Edition that fills out the final chapter of the original band's career by presenting the complete original version of the album, recorded with legendary producer Tom Dowd at Criteria Studios but scrapped when the group's live sound engineer Kevin Elson argued that these versions sounded lifeless. The album was subsequently ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Sometimes, expanded Deluxe Editions don't seem to have much of a purpose outside of marketing: the second disc will contain a clearinghouse of B-sides and remixes or a live show, not adding much to the story of the original album. That's not the case with the Deluxe Edition of Lynyrd Skynyrd's final album, Street Survivors -- it's a Deluxe Edition that fills out the final chapter of the original band's career by presenting the complete original version of the album, recorded with legendary producer Tom Dowd at Criteria Studios but scrapped when the group's live sound engineer Kevin Elson argued that these versions sounded lifeless. The album was subsequently rejiggered with a mix of re-recording, additional production, and remixing, plus the addition of a couple of older songs to the record ("One More Time" dates from 1971 sessions at Muscle Shoals, while "I Know a Little" is a song guitarist Steve Gaines had before he joined Skynyrd in 1976), all of which helped turn the album into arguably the band's best. The instincts of Elson -- who was supported by Gaines, as revealed in the excellent liner notes by Ron O'Brien on this set -- turn out to be correct, as the Criteria version of Street Survivors is a bit tight and stiff, sounding more like a typical professional arena rock production from 1977 than the finished set, which makes it interesting from an archeological perspective at the very least. Skynyrd do sound well-honed, hitting all the notes precisely, but they lack the full-blown, red-blooded roar that made the original so invigorating. All of this explains why the album was tweaked considerably before its release, and a Deluxe Edition like this serves the historical record well by preserving this -- even if it merely confirms conventional wisdom, it's good to hear it first-hand, plus there is only a limited amount of music recorded by the original band, so it's hard not to value whatever was left behind. And this lineup of Skynyrd was certainly a great band, something that is apparent even on these slightly stilted originals, especially because they're not all slightly stilted: there's an extended guitar workout on the original version of "That Smell," a cheerful blues shuffle called "Georgia Peaches" that didn't make the final cut (it did appear on the previous expanded 2001 reissue), and "Jacksonville Kid," Ronnie Van Zant's brilliant rewrite of Merle Haggard's "Honky Tonk Night Time Man" that is the last song he wrote. There is another set of final recordings here, too: five cuts from a live California show the band gave in August 1977, two months before the release of Street Survivors and before the plane crash that claimed the lives of Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines. These are the last known recordings of the band, and while the audio is a little rough, the group sounds ferocious. Given the strength of these live cuts, it's once again hard not to wish that the band had not been struck down by tragedy, but this Deluxe Edition honors Lynyrd Skynyrd's legacy by offering every aspect of their last year as a band, from the raw live shows to the overly polished original album to the glorious final version of Street Survivors.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2008
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602517571662
  • Catalog Number: 001060802
  • Sales rank: 98,000

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What's Your Name (3:33)
  2. 2 That Smell (5:49)
  3. 3 One More Time (5:04)
  4. 4 I Know a Little (3:28)
  5. 5 You Got That Right (3:48)
  6. 6 I Never Dreamed (5:22)
  7. 7 Honky Tonk Night Time Man (4:05)
  8. 8 Ain't No Good Life (4:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 What's Your Name (3:33)
  2. 2 That Smell (5:29)
  3. 3 You Got That Right (3:19)
  4. 4 I Never Dreamed (5:22)
  5. 5 Georgia Peaches (3:14)
  6. 6 Sweet Little Missy (5:16)
  7. 7 Sweet Little Missy (5:11)
  8. 8 Ain't No Good Life (5:02)
  9. 9 That Smell (7:30)
  10. 10 Jacksonville Kid (4:09)
  11. 11 You Got That Right (4:41)
  12. 12 That Smell (6:05)
  13. 13 Ain't No Good Life (5:01)
  14. 14 What's Your Name (3:28)
  15. 15 Gimme Three Steps (5:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lynyrd Skynyrd Primary Artist
Allen Collins Guitar
Artimus Pyle Drums
Steve Gaines Guitar, Vocals
Billy Powell Keyboards
Jo Jo Billingsley Background Vocals
Cassie Gaines Background Vocals
Leslie Hawkins Background Vocals
Ed King Guitar
Rick Medlocke Drums, Background Vocals
Gary Rossington Guitar
Ronnie Van Zant Vocals
Leon Wilkeson Bass
Greg T. Walker Bass
Barry Harwood Dobro
Tim Smith Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Merle Haggard Composer
Allen Collins Composer
Ken Perry Mastering
Tad Bush Engineer
Peter Doell Remixing
Tom Dowd Producer
Kevin Elson Engineer
Dennis Hetzendorfer Engineer
Jimmy Johnson Producer, Engineer
Andy McKaie Executive Producer
Rodney Mills Engineer, Special Producer
Gary Rossington Composer
Barry Rudolph Engineer
Ronnie Van Zant Composer, Author
Ron O'Brien Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
George Osaki Art Direction
Tim Smith Producer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Larry Marmorstein Location Coordinator
Peter Rudge Management
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