This album will always have a cherished place in my memories,bought 2nd hand from a school mate,who just bought it but didnt like it,as i sat in the living room with the headphones on,loving my new purchase,i became aware of the bands name appearing on the T V screen in the corner,slipped the headphones off,and John Cravens News round was reporting the crash,the flame covered album sleeve iwas holding with tour dates never completed was withdrawn and i was left with a collectors item,so to this edition,my fourth,what do we get?
Disc 1 the original 8 track album remastered,and as with all Skynyrds remasters a stunning sound, despite not housing a 'Freebird ' or a 'Sweet Home Alabama',this is 8 slices of prime time Skynyrd,the highlight being 'That Smell' with is chilling lyrics mirroring those of 'Needle and Spoon' several years earlier.
Disc 2 the original album completed at Criteria,sounds good to me,with several tracks which missed the final album,such as the excellent 'Georgia Peaches'.Most of the alternative versions/outakes have been available previously on various discs/box sets so its nice to have them all gathered together,although i hadnt heard the extended version of 'That Smell' previously,its excellent also.
Finally we have 5 live tracks from Calafornia'77,which of historical interest are pretty average bootleg quality,but worth having.
As with all Skynyrd remasters you get a decent package and superb,informative booklet.