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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

Skynyrd at their best!

This album is one of my favorites in my library, it has all the songs we know and love from the greatist southern rock band ever. My favorites include, "Call me the breeze", "That smell", "Gimme Three Steps", "What's Your Name", and of course the ultimate classics include: "Simple Man", "Free Bird", "Sweet Home Alabama", and "Tuesday's Gone". Make sure you add this album to your wishlist.

favorite band, 2nd favorite album

there isnt 1 good song by Skynyrd that isnt on this album. this band has some of the best solos ive ever heard. their best album, by far, is one more from the road, the live one, but this is a good album 2. on itunes this CD is a rip off. get it at a music store. youll get 30 songs 4 the same price.

lynyrd skynyrd forever

Im 14 andI have been rockin to Lynyrd Skynyrd for 6 years now , when I got my ipod I got most of the songs from this CD.


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 their leader,...
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