This Is Southern Rock

This Is Southern Rock

     
 
The three-disc This Is Southern Rock opens with a song that is probably everyone's definition of Southern rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd's epic "Free Bird," then follows it with a song that is probably no one's definition of Southern rock, .38 Special's "Hold on Loosely," illustrating that what seems obvious

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The three-disc This Is Southern Rock opens with a song that is probably everyone's definition of Southern rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd's epic "Free Bird," then follows it with a song that is probably no one's definition of Southern rock, .38 Special's "Hold on Loosely," illustrating that what seems obvious when looking at any musical genre is quite likely a red herring. Most folks could probably agree that classic Southern rock is geared to the electric guitar, and incorporates a ragged gumbo of blues, country, a touch of jazz, and maybe even a dash of gospel, all delivered with a rebel's bravado and a good dose of hard rock dynamics. Most folks could probably also agree that the Southern rock era began with the Allman Brothers Band in 1969 and for all practical purposes ended with the plane crash that took the life of Ronnie Van Zant and other members of Lynyrd Skynyrd on October 20, 1977. What this anthology shows, though, is just how much else is involved in the mix, from spooky Top 40 love ballads (Atlanta Rhythm Section's "Imaginary Lover"), the emergence of cartoon metal (Black Oak Arkansas' "Jim Dandy"), to laid-back California rock (the Marshall Tucker Band's "Heard It in a Love Song"), and even a bit of light fusion (Sea Level's "Tidal Wave"), all of which makes it a little more difficult to shoehorn Southern rock into any kind of tight definition. In the end the only inclusive solution is to claim any music made by a rock band from the South (but not Texas) in the 1970s is Southern rock, and hope that NASCAR agrees. Which brings up this expansive compilation, which does an adequate job of shining a bright light on the Southern rock phenomenon, except for one big, serious problem. There is not one cut by the Allman Brothers here (although there is the Hour Glass covering "South Bound"), which is akin to discussing Beatlemania and never mentioning the Beatles. The Allmans are the Big Bang band of Southern rock, and without them, it's all just rock & roll with flag decals and tattoos.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2005
Label:
Cleopatra
UPC:
0741157151626
catalogNumber:
1516

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Free Bird
  2. Hold on Loosely
  3. Green Grass and High Tides
  4. Flirtin' with Disaster
  5. Train Train
  6. Jim Dandy
  7. That Smell
  8. Tidal Wave
  9. You Like to Rock
  10. Mean to Your Queenie
  11. Shine the Light
  12. Struttin' My Stuff
  13. So into You

Disc 2

  1. Whiskey Man
  2. Sweet Home Alabama
  3. Put My Trust in You
  4. Dixie Rock
  5. Simple Man
  6. Outfit
  7. If You Wanna Get to Heaven
  8. Champagne Jam
  9. Rockin' into the Night
  10. South Bound
  11. Shake a Leg
  12. Southern Man
  13. Holdin' On

Disc 3

  1. Gimme Three Steps
  2. Caught Up in You
  3. Hell to Pay
  4. One in the Sun
  5. Hurry Sundown
  6. Saturday Night Special
  7. Heard It in a Love Song
  8. Makes More Rock
  9. Don't Misunderstand Me
  10. Travelin' Shoes
  11. Imaginary Lover
  12. Are You Ready
  13. That's Your Secret

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Gregg Allman   Composer
Frank Sullivan   Composer
Danny Joe Brown   Composer
Lincoln Chase   Composer
Allen Collins   Composer
Jim Peterik   Composer
Rossington   Composer
Toy Caldwell   Composer
Don Barnes   Composer
Buddy Buie   Composer
J.R. Cobb   Composer
Bruce Crump   Composer
Dean Daughtry   Composer
Dave Hlubek   Composer
J.L. Jamison   Composer
Ed King   Composer
Shorty Medlocke   Composer
Robert Nix   Composer
Gary Rossington   Composer
Hughie Thomasson   Composer
Ronnie Van Zant   Composer
Danny Joe Brown Band   Composer
Townes Van Zant   Composer
Martin Popoff   Liner Notes,Essay
Daughtry   Composer
Krantz   Composer
Steven Holland   Composer
Hardin   Composer
Gaines   Composer
Hughie Tomasson   Composer

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