- Audio CD (20 Mar. 1999)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Double CD, Extra tracks
- Label: Universal / Island
- ASIN: B00000ADJX
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,011 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd Double CD, Extra tracks
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Sweet home Alabama is an ode to the pleasures of living in Alabama, whatever Neil Young might think - the Canadian rock icon (whose music I also enjoy) had recorded a couple of songs, one titled Southern man and the other titled Alabama, which offended them. Despite the reference to Neil Young and another controversial reference to Alabama's then-governor (George Wallace), this song is essentially a joyous, fun song and should be taken as such. I've never been to Alabama, but this song makes it sound like paradise. Neil Young's song made it sound anything but.
Free bird has become a classic piece of rock music. Apart from its sheer quality, its length (almost ten minutes) helps its popularity in jukeboxes - you pay the same to play a record whatever its length, so you get your money's worth with Free bird. And you get two versions here - the original studio version from 1973 plus a live version from 1976.
There are many other great tracks here, among them I ain't the one, Simple man, Saturday night special, Tuesday's gone and an amazing cover of J J Cale's Call me the breeze.
Lynyrd Skynyrd were among the best southern rock bands of the seventies, perhaps even the best of all. This collection contains all their best music, superbly re-mastered and with extensive liner notes.
Thankyou, I'm here all week.
All the usual suspects are here, " Freebird", " Sweet Home Alabama", " Tuesday's Gone" & " Simple Man". It replicates the incredible single disc compilation " Gold & Platinum" which was released 19 years earlier,with the exceptions of " On The Hunt" & " Down South Junkin'".
The following sets this aside. The two excellent demo's of " Comin' Home" & " The Four Walls Of Rainford". An unedited live version of " Freebird" as well as the full length original. A magnificent acoustic version of " All I Can Do Is Write About It". Unlike the majority of the other compilations, this has excellent photos, liner notes and it's superbly remastered
If you want a brief fix of Southern Fried Genius, then " Gold & Platinum" is the one.
If you want to indulge and get the bigger picture then this is your stop.
The famous songs are all here Freebird,Sweet Home Alabama,Call Me The Breeze,Gimme 3 Steps,That Smell,Tuesday's Gone etc,lesser known tracks like Simple Man ,I aint The One, Was I Right Or Wrong fleshing out the cd.
The highlight for me was that you get both versions of Freebird,studio version concludes disc 1 while the live version closes disc 2,and i believe that this live version comes from the original cd's of 'One More From The Road' which has been replaced on the deluxe edition,so this is an easy ,cheap way to get the original overdubbed live version,
The music on this collection is magnificent while the booklet is a superb authorative read,splendid value for money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Of course, it's Freebird that resonates down the years - what a tune and how well constructed!Published 1 day ago by JSB
Bargain basement 2 cd compilation of Skynyrd's best known songs. Good sound and extensive booklet, Skynyrd may not have been as technically gifted as the Allmans but to their... Read morePublished 5 months ago by j young
All the good old tracks from this seventies band and a quick delivery.Published 11 months ago by Les Hamilton