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Showing posts with label Lynyrd Skynyrd. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lynyrd Skynyrd. Show all posts

Monday, June 15, 2015

Lynyrd Skynyrd re-issue 6 albums on 180g vinyl / promo CDs and hi-def audio available





With signature tunes like Sweet Home Alabama and Freebird, endless jams on stage, defiant Southern image and rock ‘n’ roll swagger, Lynyrd Skynyrd is best known for popularizing the southern hard-rock genre during the 1970s. At the peak of their success however, three members including Ronnie Van Zant, the founding member, lead vocalist and main songwriter, died in an airplane crash in 1977, putting an abrupt end to the band's most popular incarnation.

Now available on 180 gram heavyweight audiophile vinyl are all of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s live and studio albums released between 1973 and 1977, with exact reproductions of original artwork, including (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd), Second Helping, Nuthin' Fancy, Gimme Back My Bullets, One More From The Road, Street Survivors.

Upfront of the vinyl reissues comes Southern Surroundings in High Definition Audio, featuring eleven classic songs including the ten-minute extended version of Free Bird plus Sweet Home Alabama live from The Fox Theatre in 1976.

Tracklists:


(Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd)

Side one

I Ain't the One
Tuesday's Gone
Gimme Three Steps
Simple Man

Side two

Things Goin' On
Mississippi Kid
Poison Whiskey
Free Bird

Second Helping
Side one

Sweet Home Alabama
I Need You
Don't Ask Me No Questions
Workin' for MCA

Side two

The Ballad of Curtis Loew
Swamp Music
The Needle and the Spoon
Call Me the Breeze


Nuthin' Fancy 

Side one

Saturday Night Special
Cheatin' Woman
Railroad Song
I'm a Country Boy

Side two

On the Hunt
Am I Losin'
Made in the Shade
Whiskey Rock-A-Roller

Gimme Back My Bullets

Side one

Gimme Back My Bullets
Every Mother's Son
Trust
I Got the Same Old Blues

Side two

Double Trouble
Roll Gypsy Roll
Searching
Cry for the Bad Man
All I Can Do Is Write About It

One More From The Road

Side one

Workin' For MCA
I Ain't The One
Searching
Tuesday's Gone

Side two

Saturday Night Special
Travellin' Man
Whiskey Rock-A-Roller
Sweet Home Alabama

Side three

Gimme Three Steps
Call Me The Breeze
T For Texas

Side four

The Needle And The Spoon
Crossroads
Free Bird

Street Survivors

Side one

What's Your Name
That Smell
One More Time
I Know a Little

Side two

You Got That Right
I Never Dreamed
Honky Tonk Night Time Man
Ain't No Good Life

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Ruf Records artist: Skinny Molly - Haywire Riot - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Hayride Riot, from Skinny Molly and it's a kick ass rocker. The release opens with If You Don't Care which has the explosiveness of one of my favorite southern rockers, I Ain't The One. Parallels may be drawn from Skynyrd but this band has a sound of it's own. The similarities are a solid cocky singer and blazing guitar riffs laid down on a strong rock beat. Devil In The Bottle is more of a liad back ballad along the lines of earlier Charlie Daniels. The band is filled out by Jay Johnson on lead guitar, Kurt Pietro on drums and Luke Bradshaw on bass. Two Good Wheels is a bit of a country rocker and has a great hook. This is a track that is likely to hit the airwaves hard. Too Bad To Be True is a hard driving rocker with back to back ripping guitar solos. Judge Parker has a real southern rock swagger and Bitin' The Dog kicks dirt in your face. Lie To Me is a ballad more along the lines of John Bon Jovi (if he had any grit). Dodgin' Bullets is a great closing track for this set summing the intensity and grit shown throughout the release. This is a band not straying far from the origin of that southern rock vein but carving it's own path with some great tunes. You want butt kicking rock with a blues edge and a southern drawl...this is it!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I Ain't The One - Lynyrd Skynyrd


Larkin Allen Collins Jr. (July 19, 1952 – January 23, 1990) was one of the founding members and guitarists of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, and co-wrote many of the band's songs with late frontman Ronnie Van Zant. He was born in Jacksonville, Florida
Allen Collins joined Skynyrd in Jacksonville, Florida just two weeks after Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington, along with Bob Burns and Larry Junstrom. So came the birth of Lynyrd Skynyrd in the summer of 1964. Allen Collins and lead singer Ronnie Van Zant co-wrote many of the biggest Skynyrd hits, including "Free Bird", "Gimme Three Steps", and "That Smell". The band received national success beginning in 1973 while opening for The Who on their Quadrophenia tour. On October 20, 1977, the Skynyrd plane crashed into a forest in Mississippi killing three band members, including Van Zant. Collins was seriously injured in the crash, suffering two broken vertebrae in his neck and severe damage to his right arm. While amputation was recommended, Collins' father refused and Allen eventually recovered.

After the crash, Collins' life took a turn for the worse. Gary Rossington stated, "Al took it the worst when Ronnie and Steve died. He started to question religion..." (a major part of the band's dynamic) ..." and he started drinking more and doin' more drugs."

During the early 1980s, Collins continued to perform on stage in The Rossington-Collins Band which enjoyed modest success, releasing two albums (Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere, and This Is the Way), and charting a few singles (notably "Don't Misunderstand Me"). In 1980, Collins' wife Kathy suddenly died of a hemorrhage. Allen began a downward spiral, using drugs and alcohol to assuage his grief. Missed concerts and conflicts within the band resulted in the disbanding of Rossington-Collins in 1982, and the start of the Allen Collins Band, which released one album, Here, There & Back in 1983. The six band members were Skynyrd keyboardist Billy Powell and bassist Leon Wilkeson, along with lead singer Jimmy Dougherty, drummer Derek Hess, and guitarists Barry Lee Harwood and Randall Hall. In 1984, Jacksonville guitarist Mike Owings joined the Allen Collins Band until its eventual disbandment.
In 1986, Collins was involved in a car accident, claiming the life of his girlfriend and leaving the guitarist paralyzed from the waist down, with limited use of his arms and hands. Collins plead no contest to vehicular manslaughter as well as driving under the influence of alcohol. He would never play guitar on-stage again.

All remaining members of Lynyrd Skynyrd reunited to perform in 1987, but due to his injury Collins only served as musical director. As part of his plea bargain for the 1986 accident, Collins addressed fans at every Skynyrd concert with an explanation of why he could not perform, citing the dangers of drinking and driving, as well as drugs and alcohol. Because of Collins' accident, the band donated a sizable amount of concert proceeds from the 1987-88 tour to the Miami Project, which is involved in treatment of paralysis. Collins founded Roll For Rock Wheelchair Events and Benefit Concerts in 1988 to raise awareness and to provide opportunities for those living with spinal cord injury and other physical challenges. Collins died January 23, 1990 from chronic pneumonia, a complication of the paralysis. He is buried beside his wife in Jacksonville, Florida.
For most of Skynyrd's tenure, Collins used a Gibson Firebird guitar fitted with a chrome, dog-eared P-90 pickup in the bridge position and a Gibson "teaspoon" nickel vibrato arm. In 1976 he switched to a natural-finished korina Gibson Explorer and would use that all the way through his tenure with the Allen Collins Band. Starting in late 1977, he would also use a Gibson Les Paul Jr. occasionally. And on "Gimme Back My Bullets", "Sweet Home Alabama", "Every Mothers Son" and many other songs, he used a Sunburst Fender Stratocaster after Ed King left. Collins has been filmed playing an all-black, rosewood neck Stratocaster with white single-coil pickups and white control knobs. In 2003, Gibson Guitars honored Allen with a limited edition Explorer. The guitar is made of African limba wood and features an aged finished, Maestro vibrola, and classic humbucking pickups.
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Saturday, April 30, 2011

I Ain't the One


Lynyrd Skynyrd was known as a southern rock band but they were definitely heavily infulenced by the blues (ie Ballad of Curtis Loew). Their music has become an anthem for southern rock through their hit single "Sweet Home Alabama" but as is usually the case, the best music sinks to the bottom. This is one that deserves a good listen,,,and with the original lineup.