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 +