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."