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An all time classic and now much improved.,
This review is from: One More From The Road - Deluxe Edition (Audio CD)
Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'One More From The Road' is their finest moment. It's about as good a live album as any band has ever released and ranks up there with the likes of 'Live At Leeds', 'Live and Dangerous', 'Double Live Gonzo' and many others. It perfectly captured the fire and passion of the Skynyrd live experience and every self-respecting rock fan should own a copy.
So having got that out of the way, this latest edition is the definitive CD issue of 'OMFTR'to date. The original first-issue single CD was incomplete due to restrictions on running time and it sounded weak and tinny (didn't they all!). Subsequent reissues in double CD format readdressed the matter of missing tracks (even adding bonus cuts in some cases) but failed to remedy the problem of the lacklustre sound.
For this 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, MCA have gone back to the original 2 inch master tapes and started the CD transcription process from scratch. The result is staggering. This is the closest a CD reissue of this album has ever sounded to the original vinyl. It sounds beautiful - big, thumping, warm and detailed with plenty of bass, something sorely lacking in previous issues. You can hear every nuance in the music. It's almost like hearing it for the first time again. That alone makes it worthy of purchase.
In terms of the extra material, it's also well worth the investment. The alternate versions don't offer much in the way of variety from their previously released incarnations (Skynyrd were so tight at this point they were like a well oiled machine) but they also sound awesome and are worth a listen. However, the true gem here is the inclusion of 'Simple Man', which was not included on the original album (although it did appear on the 'Legend' set and on a previous CD reissue of 'OMFTR'). It's wonderful to hear it here in the proper context and it really adds to the set.
So all in all, this is a must have. If you have any of the prevous CD versions, get rid of 'em and replace them with this. If you were a fan of the original vinyl LP then prepare to be pleasently surprised!
A final note - the outside wrap on this edition states that the album has been 'remixed, remastered and expanded'. Don't let the 'remixed' description scare you off - it still sounds so true to the original you'll scarcely be able to tell the difference. Enjoy.
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Initial post: 7 Mar 2013 12:53:50 GMT
billy whizz says:
This must be one of my all time favourite albums, I have the original vinyl LP which I transferred to CD. I thought I had the best option here but after reading this review I'm not so sure. I'm tempted to buy this one now!
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