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Lynyrd Skynyrd - Album Review

Lynyrd Skynyrd Box Set review

Lynyrd Skynyrd's Box Set is a superb collection of their music. It is sequenced chronologically and includes not only their hits, but it is loaded with outtakes, demos, and unreleased material. This collection could comfortable replace their entire studio collection, and it even gives a tease of what is included on their irreplaceable live album One More From the Road.

The track selection covers a comprehensive look at their career. Their best tracks are included, but it also has some lesser know classics. For example, the nice country flavored acoustic "Made in the Shade" is a nice contrast to the typical straightforward rock and roll approach Lynyrd Skynyrd is known for. The inclusion of the "Things Goin' On" showcases Billy Powell with a New Orleans feel to the song, and his contributions to the demo "Truck Driver Man," are super.

It is also interesting to hear the lesser know tracks "Down South Jukin', " and "Was I Right or Was I Wrong." The melody in both of these songs would later be used in their classic "Gimmie Three Steps." The track "Am I Losin'" from their Nothin' Fancy album has an Allman Brothers type guitar solo that segues into a brief "Sweet Home Alabama" riff, that leads back into the vocals; a good song indeed. 

This collection includes seven of the eight songs from the original Street Survivors album, plus a demo of "What's Your Name," and "Georgia Peaches." The latter was originally released on Legend, but recorded during these sessions.

Lynyrd Skynyrd's Box Set is a superb collection of their music and easily earns our highest rating. Partner this album with either the live album One More From the Road or their video Free Bird, and you have a comprehensive collection of Lynyrd Skynyrd's music. by Barry Small
Grade  A +

Lynyrd Skynyrd  Box Set Song List
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Disc 1

1. Free Bird (Collins / Van Zant) - 4:07- D, U
2. Junkie (Collins / Van Zant) - 3:48 - D, U 
3. He's Alive (Collins / Van Zant) - 3:09 - D, U
4. One More Time (Rossington / Van Zant) - 5:02 - U
5. Gimme Three Steps (Collins / Van Zant) - 4:08 - U
6. Trust (Collins / Van Zant) - 4:12 - U
7. Comin' Home (Collins / Van Zant) - 5:29
8. Mr. Banker (Collins / King / Rossington / Van Zant) - 5:18 - D
9. Down South Jukin' (Rossington / Van Zant) - 2:53 - D
10. Truck Drivin' Man (King / Van Zant) - 5:15 - D 
11. I Ain't the One (Rossington / Van Zant) - 3:46 - D, U
12. Poison Whiskey (King / Van Zant) - 3:08 - D, U
13. Tuesday's Gone (Collins / Van Zant) - 7:32 
14. Things Goin' On (Rossington / Van Zant) - 4:58
15. Free Bird (Collins / Van Zant) - 9:09


Disc 2

1. Sweet Home Alabama (King / Rossington / Van Zant) - 4:43
2. Was I Right or Wrong (Rossington / Van Zant) - 5:08 - U
3. Workin' for MCA (King / Van Zant) - 4:46
4. Don't Ask Me No Questions (Rossington / Van Zant) - 3:24
5. Swamp Music (King / Van Zant) - 3:31
6. The Ballad of Curtis Loew (Collins / Van Zant) - 4:50
7. The Needle and the Spoon (Collins / Van Zant) - 3:52
8. Call Me the Breeze (Cale) - 5:06
9. Saturday Night Special (King / Van Zant) - 5:08
10. Made in the Shade (Van Zant) - 4:39
11. Am I Losin' (Rossington / Van Zant) - 4:33
12. On the Hunt (Collins / Van Zant) - 5:26
13. I Got the Same Old Blues (Cale) - 4:07 - U
14. Double Trouble (Collins / Van Zant) - 3:03 - L
15. Roll Gypsy Roll (Collins/Rossington / Van Zant) - 2:49
16. All I Can Do Is Write About It (Collins / Van Zant) - 4:20 - U
17. Four Walls of Raiford (Carlisi / Van Zant) - 4:12 - D, U

Disc 3

1. Gimme Back My Bullets (Rossington / Van Zant) - 3:37 - U, L
2. Searching (Collins / Van Zant) - 4:00 - L
3. Simple Man (Rossington / Van Zant) - 6:48 - L
4. Crossroads (Johnson) - 4:17 - L
5. T for Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1) (Rodgers) - 8:42 - L
6. Whiskey Rock-A-Roller (King / Powell / Van Zant) - 4:16 - U, L
7. Ain't No Good Life (Gaines) - 4:38 - U
8. What's Your Name (Rossington / Van Zant) - 3:36 D, U
9. Georgia Peaches (Gaines / Van Zant) - 3:12
10. What's Your Name (Rossington / Van Zant) - 3:31
11. I Never Dreamed (Gaines / Van Zant) - 5:19
12. I Know a Little (Gaines) - 3:26
13. Honky Tonk Night Time Man (Haggard) - 4:02
14. That Smell (Collins / Van Zant) - 5:47
15. You Got That Right (Gaines / Van Zant) - 3:45

U - Previously unreleased
D - Demo
L - Live

Lynyrd Skynyrd  Box Set Musicians
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Ronnie Van Zant - Vocals
Gary Rossington - Guitar
Allen Collins - Guitar
Ed King - Guitar,  Bass, B. vocals 
Steve Gaines - Guitar, vocals
Bill Powell - Piano
Leon Wilkeson - Bass, B. vocals 
Artimus Pyle - Drums
Bob Burns - Drums
Merry Clayton - B. vocals 
Cassie Gaines - B. vocals 
Leslie Hawkins - B. vocals

The above are the main members and instruments.  As this is a box set that covers many different line-ups, it is an abbreviated list.  

Lynyrd Skynyrd  Box Set - Credits
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Released - 1991
Label - MCA
Several of these outtakes originally released on this box set are being reissued as filler with the remastering of their original albums.

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