It never ceases to amaze me how many people overlooked these disc's,so many reviewers when discussing the band circa '77,opine that the survivers didnt record again for years and imply that the reunion tour was thier return to music,not so i scream!!!
In fact several members Powell,Pyle and Wilkenson i believe appeared on a album by ALIAS : Contraband(1979),a southern aor tinged disc,which also included Jo Jo Billingsley Skynyrds backing singer on vocals,before the formation of The Rossington Collins band.
The RCB's first disc ,titled Anytime,Anyplace Anywhere was released in 1980 and included all the survivors of the crash,with the exception of Artimus Pyle,Derek Hess deputised on drums and Barry Harwood stepped in as 3rd guitarist.The biggest surprise was former 38 Special backing singer Dale Krantz on vocals.
In hindsight this was a masterstroke as the band would not be compared to Ronnie's gritty vocals and could establish its own sound.
The disc rocks from start too finish with tracks like 'Prime Time,Three Times A Loser and the fantastic 'Getaway' with some stunning picking from Rossington/Collins and Krantz's excellent vocals.This is one of the most underated discs of 1980.
Disc 2 is the follow up 'This Is The Way' from 1981,and its not quite as good,conceived amid inter band relationships breaking down,alcohol& drug dependencies and the awful tragedy of Allen Collins wife dying during childbirth,the album suffered.There are a few moments to rival the debut such as the delightful 'tashauna' but others like 'Pine Box' are a little preachy and not so enduring,the muscianship stunning as expected but the material not up to the high standard of the debut.
In conclusion its 5 stars for disc 1 and 3 for disc 2,for the Skynyrd fan this is a easy conveniant way to get these two long forgotten discs.