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 1976 (2001)



One More From the Road - Album Review

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One More From the Road was recorded live at the Fox Theater in Atlanta , GA during July 1976.  Just one month prior, Steve Gaines joined the band as the third guitarist. Listening to this album it is obvious that it did not take long for him to blend in and contribute materially to the band. 

One More From the Road contains the best songs from their first four albums, and in most  cases in better versions. In addition to playing their best material, they perform a Robert Johnson blues classic, “Crossroads,” with success.  Rather than mimic the original, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s  interpretation is more closely copied from Cream’s version; guitarist Allen Collins solos do sometimes reflect Eric Clapton’s influence on his playing.  Steve Gaines, the new guitarist, has outstanding contributions throughout the disc.  His blues skills are showcased on “T for Texas,” and his solo on “Sweet Home Alabama” is blazing.   The arrangement of their anti drug classic “The Needle and the Spoon” includes a closing drum section that was not on the studio version that improves the song. 

The concert concludes with “Free Bird.”  This is their most dynamic song opening in ballad mode, which highlights gorgeous piano and slide guitar, setting the background for Ronnie Van Zant’s singing.  The song of course picks up speed and goes into a series of sizzling guitar solos.  The guitar frenzy builds the pace of the song to an incredible climatic peak that perfectly segues back into a rhythm section to conclude the song.  The stunning finale is not on the studio version.

One disappointment with the 25th Anniversary reissue of One More From the Road with bonus tracks is the price.  The album includes several  additional versions of the same songs that do not vary much from what is included from the original album.  These additions resulted in a single disc being two discs.  Rather than pricing this as two-disc release, they should have taken after Deep Purple.  That is, when they reissued the 25 anniversary reissue of  Machine Head with alternative takes that includes a second disc, they only charged a marginal amount more than a single disc.  As the bonus tracks do not reveal much that isn’t covered on the original we think this album is slightly pricey.  Still this music is awesome.  If One More From the Road was a single disc it would easily earn an A +; it is essential for all Lynyrd Skynyrd fans. by Barry Small ©
Grade  A

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Disc 1

1. Introduction / Workin' for MCA  (King / Van Zant)  - 5:32
2. I Ain't the One (Rossington / Van Zant) - 3:47
3. Saturday Night Special (King / Van Zant) - 5:39
4. Searching (Collins / Van Zant) - 4:00
5. Travellin' Man (Van Zant / Wilkeson) - 4:37
6. Simple Man (Rossington / Van Zant) - 6:56 -
7. Whiskey Rock-A-Roller (King / Powell / Van Zant) - 4:48
8. The Needle and the Spoon (Collins / Van Zant) - 4:35
9. Gimme Back My Bullets (Rossington / Van Zant) - 4:01
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Disc 2

1. Sweet Home Alabama (King / Rossington/Van Zant) - 7:29
2. Crossroads (Johnson) - 4:16
3. Free Bird (Collins / Van Zant) - 14:25

Alternative Takes 

4. Introduction / Workin' for MCA  (King / Van Zant) - 5:37
5. I Ain't the One  (Rossington / Van Zant) - 3:52
6. Searching  (Collins / Van Zant) - 4:13
7. Gimme Three Steps  (Collins / Van Zant) - 4:42
8. Call Me the Breeze  (Cale) - 5:43
9. Sweet Home Alabama  (King/Rossington / Van Zant) - 7:27
10. Crossroads  (Johnson) - 4:46
11. Free Bird  (Collins / Van Zant) - 14:55

 * Not on original album before the remastered release.  These two tracks are on their Box Set though. 

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Ronnie Van Zant - Vocals
Gary Rossington - Guitar
Allen Collins - Guitar
Steve Gaines - Guitar, vocals
Bill Powell - Piano
Leon Wilkeson - Bass, B. vocals 
Artimus Pyle - Drums

Jo Jo Billingsley - B. vocals 
Cassie Gaines - B. vocals 
Leslie Hawkins - B. vocals
Sam McPherson - Harmonica

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Released - 1976 (2001)
Label - MCA
A 28 page booklet with liner notes is included. 

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