Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd

Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Lynyrd Skynyrd was the hardest rocking of the southern bands of the 1970s. While many of these bands featured two lead guitarists, Skynyrd had three. And "Sweet Home Alabama" notwithstanding, the band was hardly provincial. Skynyrd was first produced by Al Kooper and toured as a raucous opener for the Who. Ronnie Van Zant, the lead singer and cowriter of most of… See more details below

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Lynyrd Skynyrd was the hardest rocking of the southern bands of the 1970s. While many of these bands featured two lead guitarists, Skynyrd had three. And "Sweet Home Alabama" notwithstanding, the band was hardly provincial. Skynyrd was first produced by Al Kooper and toured as a raucous opener for the Who. Ronnie Van Zant, the lead singer and cowriter of most of Skynyrd's repertoire, gave the band's songs a rugged individualism, and the snappy grooves and saucy guitars of "Don't Ask Me No Questions," "Workin' for MCA," and "Gimme Three Steps" let everybody fantasize about sharing a piece of his hard-partying rock lifestyle. But Van Zant could also pull a surprise now and then, like when he wrote steaming rockers about the deadly dangers of narcotics ("That Smell") and handguns ("Saturday Night Special"). Above all, Lynyrd Skynyrd was a rock band for rowdy guitar freaks, a constituency well served here by the inclusion of two versions (studio and live) of the group's famous jam tune "Freebird."

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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Putting together the definitive Lynyrd Skynyrd retrospective would be a daunting prospect to all but the most callous of critics who still deny the group their place at the table of rock & roll heroes and innovators. This two-disc, 25-track anthology makes the perfect introductory set to this Southern rock institution, and one great career overview for longtime fans. All the hits like "Sweet Home Alabama," "Gimme Three Steps," "Saturday Night Special," and "That Smell" are aboard, along with "What's Your Name," "Workin' for MCA," "I Know a Little," and "Free Bird" in both live and original studio versions. Other highlights include great album tracks like "The Ballad of Curtis Loew," "Call Me the Breeze," and "You Got That Right," an acoustic version of "All I Can Do Is Write About It," and early demo versions of "Four Walls of Raiford" and "Comin' Home." If you're planning on only making one Lynyrd Skynyrd entry into your collection, this is certainly the one to get.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/1998
Label:
Mca Uk
UPC:
0008811180720
catalogNumber:
11807
Rank:
15905

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lynyrd Skynyrd   Primary Artist
Kooper   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Mellotron
Allen Collins   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Voices
Artimus Pyle   Percussion,Double Bass
Steve Gaines   Guitar,Fender Stratocaster
Bob Burns   Drums
Jeff Carlisi   Guitar
Merry Clayton   Background Vocals
Cassie Gaines   Background Vocals
Leslie Hawkins   Background Vocals
Bobby Keys   Horn
Ed King   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Trevor Lawrence   Horn
Robert Nix   Drums
Gary Rossington   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Leon Wilkeson   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Greg T. Walker   Bass Guitar
Tim Smith   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Kooper   Producer
Allen Collins   Composer
Billy Powell   Composer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Ed King   Composer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Gary Rossington   Composer
Ronnie Van Zant   Composer
Ron O'Brien   Producer
Tim Smith   Producer

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