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Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama (Rockpalast) (1996)
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Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama (Rockpalast) (1996)

Lynyrd Skynyrd was the definitive Southern rock band, fusing the overdriven power of blues-rock with a
rebellious, Southern image and a hard rock swagger.

Skynyrd never relied on the jazzy improvisations of the Allman Brothers.
Instead, they were a hard-living, hard-driving rock 'n' roll band. They
may have jammed endlessly on stage, but their music remained firmly
entrenched in blues, rock, and country. For many, Lynyrd Skynyrd's
redneck image tended to obscure the songwriting skills of its leader,
Ronnie VanZant. Throughout the band's early records, VanZant
demonstrated a knack for lyrical detail and a down-to-earth honesty that
had more in common with country than rock 'n' roll.

During the height of Skynyrd's popularity in the mid-'70s, however,
VanZant's talents were overshadowed by the group's gritty, greasy
blues-rock. Sadly, it wasn't until he was killed in a tragic plane crash
in 1977 along with two other band members that many listeners began to
realize his talents. Skynyrd split up after the plane crash, but they
reunited a decade later, becoming a popular concert act in the early
'90s and beyond.

While in high school in Jacksonville, Fla., Ronnie VanZant (vocals),
Allen Collins (guitar), and Gary Rossington (guitar) formed My Backyard.
Within a few months, the group added bassist Leon Wilkeson and
keyboardist Billy Powell, and changed their name to Lynyrd Skynyrd, a
mocking tribute to their gym teacher Leonard Skinner, who was notorious
for punishing students with long hair. With drummer Bob Burns, Lynyrd
Skynyrd began playing throughout the South.

For the first few years, the group had little success, but producer Al
Kooper signed the band to MCA after seeing them play at an Atlanta club
called Funocchio's in 1972. Kooper produced the group's 1973 debut,
Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd, which was recorded after former
Strawberry Alarm Clock guitarist Ed King joined the band. The group
became notorious for their triple guitar attack, which was showcased on
"Free Bird," a tribute to the recently deceased Duane Allman. "Free
Bird" earned Lynyrd Skynyrd their first national exposure and it became
one of the staples of album-rock radio, still receiving airplay nearly
25 years after its release.

"Free Bird" and an opening slot on the Who's 1973 Quadrophenia tour gave
Lynyrd Skynyrd a devoted following, which helped its second album,
1974's Second Helping, become its breakthrough hit. Featuring the hit
single "Sweet Home Alabama" -- a response to Neil Young's "Southern Man"
-- Second Helping reached No. 12 and went multi-platinum. At the end of
the year, Artimus Pyle replaced Burns, and King left the band shortly
afterward. The new sextet released Nuthin' Fancy in 1975, and it became
the band's first Top 10 hit.

The record was followed by the Tom Dowd-produced Gimme Back My Bullets
in 1976, which failed to match the success of its two predecessors.
However, the band retained its following through its constant touring,
which was documented on the double-live album One More From the Road.
Released in late 1976, the album featured the band's new guitarist Steve
Gaines and a trio of female backup singers, and it became Skynyrd's
second Top 10 album.

Lynyrd Skynyrd released Street Survivors, on Oct. 17, 1977. Three days
later, a privately chartered plane carrying the band between shows in
Greenville, S.C., and Baton Rouge, La., crashed outside of Gillsburg,
Miss. Ronnie VanZant, Steve Gaines, and his sister Cassie, one of the
group's backing vocalists, died in the crash; the remaining members were
injured. (The cause of the crash was either fuel shortage or a fault
with the plane's mechanics.) The cover for Street Survivors had pictured
the band surrounded in flames. After the crash, the cover was changed.
In the wake of the tragedy, the album became one of the band's biggest
hits. Lynyrd Skynyrd broke up after the crash, releasing a collection of
early demos called Skynyrd's First And...Last in 1978. It had been
scheduled for release before the crash. The double-album compilation
Gold and Platinum was released in 1980.

Later in 1980, Rossington and Collins formed a new band featuring four
surviving members. Two years later, Pyle formed the Artimus Pyle Band.
Collins suffered a car crash in 1986, which killed his girlfriend and
left him paralyzed. Four years later, he died of respiratory failure.

In 1987, Rossington, Powell, King, and Wilkeson reunited Lynyrd Skynyrd,
adding vocalist Johnny VanZant and guitarist Randall Hall. The band
embarked on a reunion tour, which was captured on the 1988 double-live
album, Southern by the Grace of God/Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Tour -- 1987.
The re-formed Skynyrd began recording in 1991, and for the remainder of
the decade, the band toured frequently, and continued to release

Leon Wilkeson died of natural causes in 2001, and the band paid tribute
to him on its 2003 album Vicious Cycle, on the song "Mad Hatter."

Tracklist Rockpalast 1996:

01. Working For MCA
02. I Ain't The One
03. Down South Junkin'
04. Double Trouble
05. I Know A Little
06. Saturday Night Special
07. Swamp Music
08. What's Your Name
09. That Smell
10. Simple Man
11. Gimme Three Steps
12. Call Me The Breeze
13. Sweet Home Alabama
14. Free Bird


01. Workin' For MCA (1974)
02. Free Bird (1974)
03. Sweet Home Alabama (1974)

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