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Authorized Bootleg: Live At Winterland, San Francisco, CA - Mar 7, 1976

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Album Review

Part of Universal's Authorized Bootleg series, this album captures a gig Lynyrd Skynyrd gave at the Winterland in San Francisco on March 7, 1976. Skynyrd were in the midst of supporting their fourth album, Gimme Back My Bullets, and compared to its companion in the Authorized Bootleg series, which captures a concert four months earlier in Cardiff, Wales, this is a greasier set, even if the group has added backing vocals and synthesizers to its lineup. Despite these auxiliary players, the focus is where it always has been with Skynyrd live: gritty, funky backbeats and intertwined guitars that sometimes achieve moments of grace — on "Tuesday's Gone" and the opening half of "Free Bird" — but usually just kick up dust. While this isn't necessarily Skynyrd at their on-stage peak — and the sound is just a little bit muffled — it is very, very good and worth the time of any serious fan in need of a fix of the band at its near prime.

Biography

Formed: 1965 in Jacksonville, FL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Lynyrd Skynyrd was the definitive Southern rock band, fusing the overdriven power of blues-rock with a rebellious Southern image and a hard rock swagger. Skynyrd never relied on the jazzy improvisations of the Allman Brothers. Instead, they were a hard-living, hard-driving rock & roll band — they may have jammed endlessly on-stage, but their music remained firmly entrenched in blues, rock, and country. For many, Lynyrd Skynyrd's redneck image tended to obscure the songwriting skills of...
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