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Second Helping

Second Helping

by Lynyrd Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd
Second Helping

Second Helping

by Lynyrd Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote the book on Southern rock with their first album, so it only made sense that they followed it for their second album, aptly titled Second Helping. Sticking with producer Al Kooper (who, after all, discovered them), the group turned out a record that replicated all the strengths of the original, but was a little tighter and a little more professional. It also revealed that the band, under the direction of songwriter Ronnie Van Zant, was developing a truly original voice. Of course, the band had already developed their own musical voice, but it was enhanced considerably by Van Zant's writing, which was at turns plainly poetic, surprisingly clever, and always revealing. Though Second Helping isn't as hard a rock record as Pronounced, it's the songs that make the record. "Sweet Home Alabama" became ubiquitous, yet it's rivaled by such terrific songs as the snide, punkish "Workin' for MCA," the Southern groove of "Don't Ask Me No Questions," the affecting "The Ballad of Curtis Loew," and "The Needle and the Spoon," a drug tale as affecting as their rival Neil Young's "Needle and the Damage Done," but much harder rocking. This is the part of Skynyrd that most people forget -- they were a great band, but they were indelible because that was married to great writing. And nowhere was that more evident than on Second Helping.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2004
Label: Ais
UPC: 0008811164812
catalogNumber: 1116481
Rank: 3643


  1. Sweet Home Alabama
  2. I Need You
  3. Don't Ask Me No Questions
  4. Workin' for MCA
  5. The Ballad of Curtis Loew
  6. Swamp Music
  7. The Needle and the Spoon
  8. Call Me the Breeze

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lynyrd Skynyrd   Primary Artist
Kooper   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Background Vocals
Allen Collins   Guitar,Soloist
Clydie King   Background Vocals
Billy Powell   Piano,Keyboards
Merry Clayton   Background Vocals
Bobby Keys   Horn
Ed King   Bass,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Slide Guitar,Soloist,Fills
Trevor Lawrence   Horn
Steve Madaio   Horn
Steve Madeo   Horn
Mike Porter   Drums
Gary Rossington   Guitar,Soloist
Ronnie Van Zant   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Leon Wilkeson   Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Bob Burns   Drums

Technical Credits

J.J. Cale   Composer
Kooper   Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,Remixing
Allen Collins   Composer
Ed King   Composer
Gary Rossington   Composer
Ronnie Van Zant   Composer

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