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The Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd

The Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd

by Lynyrd Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd


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Lynyrd Skynyrd was the hardest rocking of the southern bands of the 1970s. While many of these bands featured two lead guitarists, Skynyrd had three. And "Sweet Home Alabama" notwithstanding, the band was hardly provincial. Skynyrd was first produced by Al Kooper and toured as a raucous opener for the Who. Ronnie Van Zant, the lead singer and cowriter of most of Skynyrd's repertoire, gave the band's songs a rugged individualism, and the snappy grooves and saucy guitars of "Don't Ask Me No Questions," "Workin' for MCA," and "Gimme Three Steps" let everybody fantasize about sharing a piece of his hard-partying rock lifestyle. But Van Zant could also pull a surprise now and then, like when he wrote steaming rockers about the deadly dangers of narcotics ("That Smell") and handguns ("Saturday Night Special"). Above all, Lynyrd Skynyrd was a rock band for rowdy guitar freaks, a constituency well served here by the inclusion of two versions (studio and live) of the group's famous jam tune "Freebird."

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/1998
Label: Mca Uk
UPC: 0008811180720
catalogNumber: 11807
Rank: 21475


Disc 1

  1. Sweet Home Alabama
  2. I Ain't the One
  3. Was I Right Or Wrong
  4. Gimme Three steps
  5. Workin' For MCA
  6. Simple Man
  7. Swamp Music
  8. The Ballad of Curtis Loew
  9. Saturday Night Special
  10. Mr. Banker
  11. Comin' Home
  12. Call Me The Breeze
  13. Free Bird

Disc 2

  1. What's Your Name?
  2. Whiskey Rock-A-Roller
  3. Tuesday's Gone
  4. Double Trouble
  5. I Know A Little
  6. Four Walls Of Raiford
  7. I Never Dreamed
  8. Gimme Back My Bullets
  9. You Got That Right
  10. All I Can Do Is Write About It
  11. That Smell
  12. Free Bird

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lynyrd Skynyrd   Primary Artist
Kooper   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Mellotron
Allen Collins   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Voices
Artimus Pyle   Percussion,Double Bass
Steve Gaines   Guitar,Fender Stratocaster
Bob Burns   Drums
Jeff Carlisi   Guitar
Merry Clayton   Background Vocals
Cassie Gaines   Background Vocals
Leslie Hawkins   Background Vocals
Bobby Keys   Horn
Ed King   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Trevor Lawrence   Horn
Robert Nix   Drums
Gary Rossington   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Leon Wilkeson   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Greg T. Walker   Bass Guitar
Tim Smith   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Kooper   Producer
Allen Collins   Composer
Billy Powell   Composer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Ed King   Composer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Gary Rossington   Composer
Ronnie Van Zant   Composer
Ron O'Brien   Producer
Tim Smith   Producer

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