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Lynyrd Skynyrd 6/2/2009

Review

It was only fitting that the ultimate Southern rock institution, Lynyrd Skynyrd -- certainly one of the more tragic stories in rock & roll history -- should be one of the first bands to benefit from a comprehensive box set. Following the format of the highly successful Led Zeppelin box set, this three-disc, 47-song anthology provides a near-perfect career retrospective, complete with a carefully researched booklet with meticulous historical essays and rare photos for the new and rabid fan alike. The latter will probably be most interested in disc one, which features a number of early demos dating back as early as 1970 and not featured in prior collections, as well as an embryonic demo of "Freebird" minus its extended-jam coda. The nine-minute version from the band's milestone debut, Pronounced is also featured here, of course, as is most of the material from the group's next album, Second Helping, generally regarded as their career peak. Disc two alone could serve as a greatest-hits set, as classic after classic is rattled off in mind-blowing succession. And even when the creative fires finally begin to wane somewhat as the set approaches the Nuthin' Fancy and Gimme Back My Bullets material (recorded at a time when the band was plagued by overwork and escalating drug abuse), the set wisely offers alternate versions and live renditions to keep things interesting. The first half of disc three alternates never-before-heard concert performances with other, equally inspired live versions. Its second half is dominated by the unintentional swan song Street Survivors. Released only three days before the fateful plane crash, the album saw a re-energized Skynyrd achieving a new level of maturity, power, and purpose. Although most box sets tend to be a bit too much for the casual fan to swallow, this one feels just right. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Free Bird [Demo Version] Lynyrd Skynyrd 4:7
  3. 2 Junkie [Demo Version] Lynyrd Skynyrd 3:48
  4. 3 He's Alive [Demo Version] Lynyrd Skynyrd 3:8
  5. 4 One More Time Lynyrd Skynyrd 4:59
  6. 5 Gimme Three Steps Lynyrd Skynyrd 4:7
  7. 6 Trust Lynyrd Skynyrd 4:10
  8. 7 Comin' Home Lynyrd Skynyrd 5:26
  9. 8 Mr. Banker [Demo Version] Lynyrd Skynyrd 5:18
  10. 9 Down South Jukin' [Demo Version] Lynyrd Skynyrd 2:53
  11. 10 Truck Drivin' Man [Demo Version] Lynyrd Skynyrd 5:15
  12. 11 I Ain't the One [Demo Version] Lynyrd Skynyrd 3:46
  13. 12 Poison Whiskey [Demo Version] Lynyrd Skynyrd 3:8
  14. 13 Tuesday's Gone Lynyrd Skynyrd 7:28
  15. 14 Things Goin' On Lynyrd Skynyrd 4:54
  16. 15 Free Bird Lynyrd Skynyrd 9:5
  17. 1 Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd 4:41
  18. 2 Was I Right or Wrong [1991 Box Set Version] Lynyrd Skynyrd 5:7
  19. 3 Workin' for MCA Lynyrd Skynyrd 4:45
  20. 4 Don't Ask Me No Questions Lynyrd Skynyrd 3:24
  21. 5 Swamp Music Lynyrd Skynyrd 3:31
  22. 6 The Ballad of Curtis Loew Lynyrd Skynyrd 4:49
  23. 7 The Needle and the Spoon Lynyrd Skynyrd 3:51
  24. 8 Call Me the Breeze Lynyrd Skynyrd 5:6
  25. 9 Saturday Night Special Lynyrd Skynyrd 5:5
  26. 10 Made in the Shade Lynyrd Skynyrd 4:39
  27. 11 Am I Losin' Lynyrd Skynyrd 4:31
  28. 12 On the Hunt Lynyrd Skynyrd 5:24
  29. 13 (I Got The) Same Old Blues Lynyrd Skynyrd 4:7
  30. 14 Double Trouble [1975/Live at Capitol Theatre, Wales] Lynyrd Skynyrd 3:3
  31. 15 Roll Gypsy Roll Lynyrd Skynyrd 2:48
  32. 16 All I Can Do is Write About It [Acoustic Version] Lynyrd Skynyrd 4:20
  33. 17 Four Walls of Raiford [Undubbed Demo Version] Lynyrd Skynyrd 4:10
  34. 1 Gimme Back My Bullets [1976/Live at Fox Theatre, Atlanta] Lynyrd Skynyrd 3:37
  35. 2 Searchin' [1976/Live at Fox Theatre, Atlanta] Lynyrd Skynyrd 4:1
  36. 3 Simple Man [1976/Live at Fox Theatre, Atlanta] Lynyrd Skynyrd 6:49
  37. 4 Crossroads [1976/Live at Fox Theatre, Atlanta] Lynyrd Skynyrd 4:17
  38. 5 T for Texas [1976/Live at Fox Theatre, Atlanta] Lynyrd Skynyrd 8:42
  39. 6 Whiskey Rock-A-Roller [1976/Live at Knebworth Fair] Lynyrd Skynyrd 4:16
  40. 7 Ain't No Good Life Lynyrd Skynyrd 4:37
  41. 8 What's Your Name [Alternate Mix] Lynyrd Skynyrd 3:34
  42. 9 Georgia Peaches Lynyrd Skynyrd 3:12
  43. 10 What's Your Name Lynyrd Skynyrd 3:31
  44. 11 I Never Dreamed Lynyrd Skynyrd 5:18
  45. 12 I Know a Little Lynyrd Skynyrd 3:25
  46. 13 Honky Tonk Night Time Man Lynyrd Skynyrd 4:1
  47. 14 That Smell Lynyrd Skynyrd 5:46
  48. 15 You Got That Right Lynyrd Skynyrd 3:45

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