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Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd

Lynyrd Skynyrd

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One of Southern rock’s greatest five-year runs began with this album. Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd was the work of a Florida band steeped in tough English guitar bands like the Who and the Yardbirds. The record is best remembered for the show-stopping “Free Bird,” which builds from proud, regretful ballad to all-out triple-ax flag waver. As it demonstrates, Skynyrd was able to work many moods, and the rest of Pronounced serves as an equally smart example. “Gimme Three Steps” is a funky shaggy-dog story that could perhaps only have come out of the swamps (or off a Coasters 45), while “Things Goin’ On” is the first of singer/lyricist Ronnie Van Zant’s gimlet-eyed social pronouncements. From here, they began winning fans across America, and not a few from the other side of the Atlantic – Pete Townshend, for one.

Customer Reviews

one of the greatest albums of all time

Look, typically I write very long reviews, however all I have to say is that if you don’t like this album then there is something wrong with you! I am sorry for being so straight forward, but with songs like Free Bird (which has the greatest guitar performance), Tuesday's Gone, Gimme Three Steps, and Mississippi Kid it is hard to say that this album is anything but genius. Guarantee that you will fall in love with this album after your third time listening to it! Enjoy the music!

Skynyrd's greatest and first album

This is the fundamental smash hit album prounounced "leh-nerd skin-nerd" was Lynyrd Skynyrds first and arguably greatest album. This album has thier greatest epic song "Freebird", thier great slow song Tuesday's gone, and thier wonderfully catchy song Gimme three steps! a must have!

Best. Southern Rock. Album. Ever!

Lynyrd Skynyrd followed up the Allman Brothers band when the Bro's were falling away from their peak after the death Duane Allman. Skynyrd took their sound, and made it rock harder and more rhythmically. If you are a fan of southern rock, the whole album is a must. If you like classic rock, make sure you pick up 2, 3, 4, and 8, which really stand out in the classic rock community. So the deal with this album is: it's practically musical perfection. Until the untimely death of Ronnie Van Zant in 1977, Skynyrd belted out hard-rocking tunes that made them the kings of southern rock from 1973 (the release of this album) until 1977. It isn't really much of a good deal though, so if you want, you can start out with 8 (Free Bird, Skynyrd's best song unquestionably). Free Bird is considered to be overplayed on the radio, but fortunately for most classic rock fans like myself, it is written with what I like to call "a non-aging formula". If you listen to this song every day for the next couple years, you probably won't get bored of it. Free Bird is a must have single in absolutlely ANYONE's music library. If you really enjoy that song if your just starting on the band, come back to check out 2, 3, and 4, which each show different perspectives of Skynyrd (Upbeat and slow power ballads with lyrical perfection). 4.8/5

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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