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

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Editors’ Notes

Less than 18 months before their tragic 1977 plane crash, Lynyrd Skynyrd brought the southland’s summery warmth to San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom, replete with sultry backing singers the Honkettes. “Cry For The Bad Man” kickstarts the show with gritty southern rock aplomb as twangy guitars and grinding organs make way for Ronnie Van Zant’s unmistakable drawl. The foreboding “Searchin’” is much looser than the recorded version, but it still boogies hard here as does the guitar heavy version of “I Got The Same Old Blues.” Of course, fan favorites shine brightest here, most notably “Saturday Night Special” which utilizes then state-of-the-art synthesizers adding a layer of cosmic cool. You can almost hear fathoms of butane lighters flicking during the intros to epic ballads “Tuesday’s Gone” and “Free Bird.” But “Sweet Home Alabama” takes the cake (or cornbread, rather) with its pounding piano and straight diss to Neil Young, which evokes a surprising chorus of hollering from the audience. As live recordings go, this one sounds taped right off the mixing board.

Customer Reviews

The Original!

This album has been floating around in bootlegs for years. It's about time they cleaned it up and brought it to the public. Cry for the Bad Man and I Got the Same Old Blues are nice to hear live, plus an early version of Tuesday's Gone. Any true Skynyrd fan esp. fans that like the Orginal, must buy this album. It would have been nice to have the video of this concert also released with this album but we as Skynyrd fans are used to getting "scraps" every so often.

Best Band Ever

this is a great album and i wish they released more like this

Best Band Ever

With out a doubt the Best American Band of All Time. Especially if you are a Southern Soul nothing can touch you like Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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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