Lynyrd Skynyrd

Lynyrd Skynyrd

by Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Overview

It was only fitting that the ultimate Southern rock institution, Lynyrd Skynyrd -- certainly one of the more tragic stories in rock & roll history -- should be one of the first bands to benefit from a comprehensive box set. Following the format of the highly successful Led Zeppelin box set, this three-disc, 47-song anthology provides a near-perfect career retrospective, complete with a carefully researched booklet with meticulous historical essays and rare photos for the new and rabid fan alike. The latter will probably be most interested in disc one, which features a number of early demos dating back as early as 1970 and not featured in prior collections, as well as an embryonic demo of "Freebird" minus its extended-jam coda. The nine-minute version from the band's milestone debut, Pronounced is also featured here, of course, as is most of the material from the group's next album, Second Helping, generally regarded as their career peak. Disc two alone could serve as a greatest-hits set, as classic after classic is rattled off in mind-blowing succession. And even when the creative fires finally begin to wane somewhat as the set approaches the Nuthin' Fancy and Gimme Back My Bullets material (recorded at a time when the band was plagued by overwork and escalating drug abuse), the set wisely offers alternate versions and live renditions to keep things interesting. The first half of disc three alternates never-before-heard concert performances with other, equally inspired live versions. Its second half is dominated by the unintentional swan song Street Survivors. Released only three days before the fateful plane crash, the album saw a re-energized Skynyrd achieving a new level of maturity, power, and purpose. Although most box sets tend to be a bit too much for the casual fan to swallow, this one feels just right.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/12/1991
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811039028
catalogNumber: 10390
Rank: 36445

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lynyrd Skynyrd   Primary Artist
Kooper   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
David Foster   Piano,Background Vocals
Allen Collins   Guitar
Clydie King   Background Vocals
Artimus Pyle   Percussion,Drums
Steve Gaines   Guitar,Vocals
Billy Powell   Piano,Background Vocals
Bobbye Hall   Percussion
Bob Burns   Drums
Jeff Carlisi   Guitar
Merry Clayton   Background Vocals
Larry Junstrom   Bass
Bobby Keys   Horn
Ed King   Guitar,Background Vocals
Trevor Lawrence   Horn
Steve Madaio   Horn
Rick Medlocke   Drums,Background Vocals
Robert Nix   Drums
Gary Rossington   Guitar
Toby   Hand Clapping
Ronnie Van Zant   Vocals,Background Vocals
Leon Wilkeson   Bass,Background Vocals
Wolfman   Hand Clapping
Greg T. Walker   Bass
Wicker   Hand Clapping
Honkettes   Background Vocals
Tim Smith   Background Vocals
Mister Feedback   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Kooper   Arranger,Producer
Allen Collins   Composer
Billy Powell   Composer
Cimarrón   Contributor
Tom Dowd   Producer
Jimmy Johnson   Producer
Ed King   Composer
Andy McKaie   Producer,Reissue Producer
Bob Meyerowitz   Producer
Gary Rossington   Composer
Ronnie Van Zant   Composer
David Johnson   Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Ron O'Brien   Producer,Reissue Producer
Rob Ruscoe   Engineer
Tim Smith   Producer

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