Thyrty: The 30th Anniversary Collection

Thyrty: The 30th Anniversary Collection

by Lynyrd SkynyrdLynyrd Skynyrd


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/12/2003
Label: Utv Records
UPC: 0008811322724
catalogNumber: 000028402
Rank: 15476

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lynyrd Skynyrd   Primary Artist
Kooper   Background Vocals
Steve Morse   Guitar
Carol Chase   Background Vocals
Allen Collins   Guitar
Artimus Pyle   Percussion,Drums
Steve Gaines   Guitar,Vocals
Billy Powell   Piano,Keyboards
Bobbye Hall   Percussion
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Jo Jo Billingsley   Background Vocals
Carol Bristow   Background Vocals
Michael Cartellone   Drums
Custer   Drums
Ronnie Eades   Saxophone,Horn Section,Group Member
Mike Estes   Guitar
Cassie Gaines   Background Vocals
Owen Hale   Percussion,Drums
Leslie Hawkins   Background Vocals
Jimmy Johnson   Guitar,Group Member
Larry Junstrom   Bass
Bobby Keys   Horn
Ed King   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Group Member
Dale Krantz-Rossington   Vocals,Background Vocals
Trevor Lawrence   Horn
Rick Medlocke   Dobro,Guitar,Background Vocals
Robert Nix   Drums
Wayne Perkins   Guitar,Group Member
Gary Rossington   Guitar
Hughie Thomasson   Guitar,Background Vocals
Harvey Thompson   Horn Section
Toby   Hand Clapping
Johnny Van Zant   Vocals
Ronnie Van Zant   Vocals
Leon Wilkeson   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals,Acoustic Bass
Wolfman   Hand Clapping
Wicker   Hand Clapping
Bob Burns   Drums
Cockroad   Hand Clapping
Mister Feedback   Hand Clapping
Ean Evans   Bass
Randall Hall   Guitar,Vocals
Debbie Davis   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

J.J. Cale   Composer
Lynyrd Skynyrd   Composer,Producer
Leonard Feather   Composer
Allen Collins   Composer,Assistant Arranger
Steve Gaines   Composer
Billy Powell   Composer
Barry Beckett   Producer
Pat Buchanan   Composer
Todd Cerney   Composer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Mike Estes   Composer
Ben Fowler   Producer
Jimmy Johnson   Producer
Robert Johnson   Composer
Robert White Johnson   Composer
B.B. King   Composer
Ed King   Composer
Josh Leo   Producer
Michael Lunn   Composer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Rick Medlocke   Composer
Ron Nevison   Producer
Gary Rossington   Composer
Hughie Thomasson   Composer
Johnny Van Zant   Composer
Donnie Van Zant   Composer
Ronnie Van Zant   Composer
Tom Hambridge   Composer
Quin Ivy   Producer
Ron O'Brien   Producer,Liner Notes
Rob Ruscoe   Engineer
Jules Taub   Composer
Jane Feather   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Tim Smith   Producer
Jimmy Johnson   Producer

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