Second Helping [Bonus Tracks]

Second Helping [Bonus Tracks]

by Lynyrd Skynyrd, J.J. Cale, Al Kooper Lynyrd Skynyrd
Second Helping [Bonus Tracks]

Second Helping [Bonus Tracks]

by Lynyrd Skynyrd, J.J. Cale, Al Kooper Lynyrd Skynyrd

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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. [The 1997 MCA reissue adds three bonus tracks: the single version of "Don't Ask Me No Questions," a demo of "Was I Right or Wrong," and "Take Your Time."]

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/1997
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811164829
catalogNumber: 11648
Rank: 1565


  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
  9. Don't Ask Me No Questions
  10. Was I Right or Wrong
  11. Take Your Time

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lynyrd Skynyrd   Primary Artist
Allen Collins   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Background Vocals
Clydie King   Vocals,Background Vocals
Billy Powell   Piano,Keyboards
Bob Burns   Drums
Merry Clayton   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bobby Keys   Horn,Saxophone
Ed King   Bass,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Slide Guitar,Fender Stratocaster
Trevor Lawrence   Horn,Saxophone
Steve Madaio   Trumpet,Horn
Steve Madeo   Horn
Mike Porter   Drums
Gary Rossington   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Toby   Hand Clapping
Ronnie Van Zant   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Leon Wilkeson   Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Wolfman   Hand Clapping
Bobby Keyes   Horn
Wicker   Hand Clapping
Bob Burns   Drums
Bob Burns   Drums
Mister Feedback   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

J.J. Cale   Composer
Kooper   Producer,Engineer,Remixing,Audio Production
Allen Collins   Composer
Ed King   Composer
Gary Rossington   Composer
Ronnie Van Zant   Composer
Townes Van Zant   Composer
Ron O'Brien   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Hideki Masubuchi   Liner Notes

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