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The Kings of Southern Rock,
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
Why produce another Skynyrd compilation (?), we may ask. Well let's just hope it gives another generation a chance to savour the music of one of the greatest bands of all time. What other band has produced a classic like Free Bird on their very first album??
In truth, there is very little of this type of music (Southern Rock) left being produced so it was a tragedy when this band was decimated after only 5 years and 6 great albums with the loss of singer Ronnie van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines in a crash. All this collection comes from the first generation output spanning only these 5 years and I think the quality it shows demonstrates Skynyrd, I think, would have become one of the biggest bands in Rock history alongside the likes of Floyd, Zeppelin and Purple, albeit of a different musical type. They would also have inspired more bands (like Molly Hatchet for instance) to keep Southern Rock music alive. The reformed Skynyrd have been producing some very fine music recently (Vicious Cycle is particularly recommended) but have not been able to quite match the early output of Ronnie and the boys.
There are very few surprises in the choices for this collection, with all the standards; Sweet Home Alabama, Gimme Three Steps... One little known entry, though, is a pleasant surprise - the haunting ballad, White Dove, from the compilation of unreleased tracks after the crash.
Here's to you Ronnie. You're gone but your song remains and will always remain. Fly Free Bird!