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on 19 January 2006
OK no Freebird. Leaving side that curious omission this is a top notch collection that deserves a place in your home.
Simple Man is possibly the BEST LS outing (yes, even surpassing the above mentioned FB), while Sweet Home Alabama, Gimme Three Steps, Country Boy, I ain't the one and Every mothers son are all first class.
Very, very good indeed.
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on 22 August 2005
only heard of lynyrd skynyrd through 'sweet home alabama' which appears on a number of rock compliation albums. trawling through amazons deals came across this for £3.33 - bought it and glad I did. All good stuff, don't miss out
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on 22 February 2005
This CD is certainly for those who've heard Freebird before and have an interest in other material by Skynyrd. On the CD there is an variety of Skynyrd's work including the excellent Needle & The Spoon amongst other great songs like Sweet Home Alabama, Workin' For MCA and the ballad Simple Man. Obviously Freebird isn't on the CD, but in a way that's good because you'll get to know the band for their other songs and styles. For the price it's a great purchase for the person who wants a collection of Skynyrd's work, however The Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd is a great collection of Skynyrd's work (better than this CD) although it doesn't have Needle & The Spoon amongst its tracks.
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on 11 February 2008
But then not great. This isn't the best 'greatest' package out there. It has some flat versions of songs that are not original recordings.
There are also a few better songs that are missing. If you're looking for a greatest hits, this isn't it.
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I love the original Lynyrd Skynrd, such an iconic American Southern Rock band that produced some great tracks in their day, that was until tragedy hit the band. All the tracks on this album are well worth listening to, but although 'Sweet Home Alabama' is on this, for some reason 'Free Bird', the most requested of all their songs is not on this album. That said, at the current price for this you can't really go wrong.

Lynyrd Skynrd's mix of Southern Rock, Rock, and Blues has been so influential on other groups and they are just so great to listen to. This is worth listening to, and a good introduction for those who are unfamiliar with this group.
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on 11 February 2005
Very little to say, excellent band and good songs all of them, but.....
Where's Freebird?? The seminal LS track?
No album can ever call itself the collection and be taken seriously without this song!! It's anthemic and really lets you know what LS were all about in their Heyday.
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on 20 April 2008
Who needs Freebird ? With the exception of track 17, each of the rest is either good, really good or fabulous heart-rending, foot-stomping, rock of the highest quality - the guitar playing is multilayered and just plain wonderful throughout. At under £3 this is probably the best value CD I have ever bought.
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on 14 January 2009
Sad to see so many people blathering on about Freebird - sure we know it's a GREAT track, but you would think it's the only thing these guys ever did, and haven't we all heard it a million times? The compilers of this frankly superb collection are more interested in showing off as many facets of one of the three or four greatest American rock bands as they can on one cd. Obviously there are going to be some gems missing - personally I would have found room for the beautiful Tuesday's Gone, the acerbic Something Goin On and the empathetic Ballad of Curtis Loew - but you really can't argue with anything included here. One more thing - anyone duped by the Confederate flag into thinking Skynyrd were a bunch of racist rednecks should try listening to Ronnie van Zant's lyrics. Buy this mind-bogglingly cheap, gobsmackingly brilliant compilation now!!
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on 21 January 2013
i enjoyed this cd from the sothern rock icons all great tracks {pity no freebird} well worth a listen you can get a reel feel for the band listening to this cd
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on 27 November 2012
Bought this as a Christmas gift for my fiance. It is in good condition, will update after it's opened and played.
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