Thyrty: The 30th Anniversary Collection

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This one's a tough call in many respects. First, there is the notion of 30 years. Of that time period, only a very short chunk of it produced the tracks listeners consider Lynyrd Skynyrd classics today -- the earliest period when the band was fronted by the late Ronnie Van Zant. Lynyrd Skynyrd may have been influenced by the Allman Brothers with their guitar attack (three and sometimes four guitars would stalk a Skynyrd stage), but rather than try to imitate the Allmans (a blues band that was such a singular entity anyway and can hardly be termed "Southern rock"), they created their own identity as a rock & roll band. It was Skynyrd who invented the Deep South's redneck ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This one's a tough call in many respects. First, there is the notion of 30 years. Of that time period, only a very short chunk of it produced the tracks listeners consider Lynyrd Skynyrd classics today -- the earliest period when the band was fronted by the late Ronnie Van Zant. Lynyrd Skynyrd may have been influenced by the Allman Brothers with their guitar attack (three and sometimes four guitars would stalk a Skynyrd stage), but rather than try to imitate the Allmans (a blues band that was such a singular entity anyway and can hardly be termed "Southern rock"), they created their own identity as a rock & roll band. It was Skynyrd who invented the Deep South's redneck rock genre, and they spawned so many imitators it became a parody. However, these cats could play and write. Of these two discs, the lion's share of the material is devoted to the original band, whose string of hits is dizzying to consider even today. All of the expected material is here -- from "Free Bird" and "Tuesday's Gone" to "Gimme Back My Bullets," "That Smell," and "Sweet Home Alabama." Also included, for better or worse, is the Lynyrd Skynyrd that carried on some years after Van Zant's death and have been carrying on with Johnny Van Zant fronting the band, looking like a carbon copy of his older brother. This may piss off a lot of purists, but it needn't -- as this material is solid, rocking, and drenched in blues, if lacking originality a bit in the writing department. Fans of the band already have what they need and this is no prize on that level in any way. Newcomers may be tempted by the price point, but would do better with All Time Greatest Hits as a proper introduction.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2003
  • Label: Utv Records
  • UPC: 008811322724
  • Catalog Number: 000028402
  • Sales rank: 23,361

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lynyrd Skynyrd Primary Artist
Al Kooper Background Vocals
Steve Morse Guitar
Carol Chase Background Vocals
Allen Collins Guitar
Artimus Pyle Percussion, Drums
Steve Gaines Guitar, Vocals
Billy Powell Piano, Keyboards
Bobbye Hall Percussion
Kenny Aronoff Drums
Jo Jo Billingsley Background Vocals
Carol Bristow Background Vocals
Michael Cartellone Drums
Custer Drums
Debbie Davis Background Vocals
Ronnie Eades Saxophone, Horn Section, Group Member
Mike Estes Guitar
Cassie Gaines Background Vocals
Owen Hale Percussion, Drums
Leslie Hawkins Background Vocals
Jimmy Johnson Guitar, Group Member
Larry Junstrom Bass
Bobby Keys Horn
Ed King Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Group Member
Dale Krantz-Rossington Vocals, Background Vocals
Trevor Lawrence Horn
Rick Medlocke Dobro, Guitar, Background Vocals
Robert Nix Drums
Wayne Perkins Guitar, Group Member
Gary Rossington Guitar
Hughie Thomasson Guitar, Background Vocals
Harvey Thompson Horn Section
Toby Hand Clapping
Johnny Van Zant Vocals
Ronnie Van Zant Vocals
Leon Wilkeson Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals, Acoustic Bass
Wolfman Hand Clapping
Wicker Hand Clapping
Bob Burns Jr. Drums
Cockroad Hand Clapping
Mister Feedback Hand Clapping
Ean Evans Bass
Randall Hall Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
J.J. Cale Composer
Lynyrd Skynyrd Composer, Producer
Bobby Womack Composer
Leonard Feather Composer
Allen Collins Composer, Assistant Arranger
Steve Gaines Composer
Billy Powell Composer
Barry Beckett Producer
Pat Buchanan Composer
Todd Cerney Composer
Tom Dowd Producer
Mike Estes Composer
Ben Fowler Producer
Joe Hicks Composer
Jimmy Johnson Producer
Robert Johnson Composer
Robert White Johnson Composer
B.B. King Composer
Ed King Composer
Josh Leo Producer
Michael Lunn Composer
Andy McKaie Producer
Rick Medlocke Composer
Ron Nevison Producer
Gary Rossington Composer
Hughie Thomasson Composer
Johnny Van Zant Composer
Donnie Van Zant Composer
Ronnie Van Zant Composer
Tom Hambridge Composer
Quin Ivy Producer
Ron O'Brien Producer, Liner Notes
Rob Ruscoe Engineer
Jules Taub Composer
Jane Feather Composer
Traditional Composer
Claude Johnson Composer
Tim Smith Producer
Jimmy Johnson Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    When I got this CD I was suprised to find out the had new and old Skynyrd on there. If you like Lynyrd Skynyrd than get this collection it is the best collection OUT THERE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME!!!!

    This is an awesome compilation of songs from the pre and post plane crash era of one of the hardest working bands ever! Their hard rocking style, the outstanding musical talents, and tremendous song writing abilities that started some thirty years ago by Ronnie Van Zant is being kept alive today. Don't quit cause we can't get enough!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Who cares about..

    the years..yesterday is gone, tommorrow is not here yet..and we are left with today..and one more kickin collection of blue collar rock and roll..keep on, brothers, keep on, you may rest when death comes, until that time enjoy your lives, and keep that fine Skynyrd music comin..

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