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Street Survivors  Lynyrd Skynyrd Street Survivors - cd review

 1977 (2001)

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Street Survivors  - Review

Street Survivors review

Lynyrd Skynyrd's Street Survivors album was released on October 17, 1977, and three days later several band members were killed in a plane accident.  The original album cover that is shown above with the fire, was subsequently replaced with a new cover without the flames.  I remember buying a copy when it first came out with the original cover art that I still have.  Truly a sad day in rock and roll history. 

Street Survivors is the first and only studio album that features Steve Gaines on guitar, and what a contribution he made!  This is, by far, their best studio album.  The two most popular songs “What’s Your Name?,” and “That Smell” songs are both great, but not the best songs on the album.  A few of the many other exceptional moments are the cover version of Merl Haggard’s “Honky Tonk Night Time Man” and the Steve Gaines original “I Know a Little”; both suit Lynyrd Skynyrd style perfect, and are essential components of a Lynyrd Skynyrd collection.  The album also includes the song “I Never Dreamed,” which has a nice Clapton like guitar solo in the middle of the song, and a typical Skynyrd style guitar extravaganza to finish the song off.  We can only dream of the awesome music that would be forthcoming from this revitalized line-up.  The track “You Got That Right” with the dueling vocals and nice instrumental show the likely direction. 

The remastered version of Street Survivors includes five additional tracks. Lynyrd Skynyrd have several super albums, but this their strongest. Seven of the eight tracks from the original album are included on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Box Set.  
by Barry Small ©
Grade   A +

Deluxe Edition
In March of 2008, a Deluxe Edition of Street Survivors was released. I haven't yet heard the release. 

According to the liner notes of Lynyrd Skynrd's Box Set, in April 1977, Lynyrd Skynyrd along with legendary producer Tom Dowd. There were some disagreements over the mixing of the material. The group then hit the road, a date that included A Day on the Green on July 2 & 4, 1977, with Peter Frampton, Santana, The Outlaws. When the band returned to complete the album, Tom Dowd had commitments in Toronto to a Rod Stewart project.  

Dowd sent engineer Barry Rudolph as his representative. In the end, Dowd was not asked to return. Barry, convinced the band to record Merle Haggard's "Honky Tonk Night Time Man," and re-record, "You Got That Right," and "That Smell." Then, Ronnie, Rodney Mills, and former former roadie/now Skynyrd soundman Kevin Elson put the final touches on the album. No producer credit was listed on the original album release.

So the second disc include the Tom Dowd versions, plus additional material like outtakes, five live tracks, which are rumored to be of mediocre sound. 

Tom Dowd produced other Skynyrd recordings, Allman Brothers Band, Aretha Franklin, John Coltrane, Cream, and numerous other musical legends. He is the mainstay producer from Criteria Studios in Florida. There is a movie about him entitled, Tom Dowd & the language of music, which is worth viewing.  

Eric Clapton's self titled album took a similar approach with its Deluxe Edition of using an alternate mix, along with some additional tracks. I have a handful of Deluxe Editions and tend to enjoy when the second discs are live performances. A few that come to mind are Muddy :Mississippi" Waters Live, Allman Bothers Band, Eat a Peach, and Who's Next

Lynyrd Skynyrd have a few other Deluxe Editions, none of them are musts over the original release. Their live classic, One More from the Road added a handful of additional tracks, and Gimmie Back My Bullets includes a live DVD featuring a performance from the band's November 1975 performance on the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test. A two guitar line-up. 


Deluxe Edition
Lynyrd Skynyrd Street Survivors  Song List
Track List

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1. What's Your Name (Rossington / Van Zant) - 3:33
2. That Smell (Collins / Van Zant) - 5:48
3. One More Time (Rossington / Van Zant) - 5:03
4. I Know a Little (Gaines) - 3:27
5. You Got That Right (Gaines / Van Zant) - 3:47
6. I Never Dreamed (Gaines / Van Zant) - 5:22
7. Honky Tonk Night Time Man (Haggard) - 4:04
8. Ain't No Good Life (Gaines) - 4:43

Bonus Tracks
 9. Georgia Peaches  (Gaines / Van Zant) - 3:15
10. Sweet Little Missy (Rossington / Van Zant) - 5:10
11. You Got That Right (Gaines/Van Zant) - 3:26
12. I Never Dreamed (Gaines/VanZant) - 4:55
13. Jacksonville Kid 
     (aka "Honky Tonk Night Time Man (Haggard / Van Zant) - 4:03

Deluxe Edition

  Original album

  1. What's Your Name
  2. That Smell
  3. One More Time
  4. I Know A Little
  5. You Got That Right
  6. I Never Dreamed
  7. Honky Tonk Night Time Man
  8. Ain't No Good Life

Additional disc

  1. What's Your Name
  2. That Smell
  3. You Got That Right
  4. I Never Dreamed
  5. Georgia Peaches
  6. Sweet Little Missy
  7. Sweet Little Missy
  8. Ain't No Good Life
  9. That Smell
10. Jacksonville Kid (aka Honky Tonk Night Time Man)

Live tracks - Aug. 1977
11. You Got That Right
12. That Smell
13. Ain't No Good Life
14. What's Your Name
15. Gimme Three Steps

Lynyrd Skynyrd Street Survivors   Musicians

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

Lynyrd Skynyrd Street Survivors  Credits

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Released - 1977 (2001)
Label - MCA
Seven of the eight tracks from the original album are included on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Box Set. 

Deluxe Edition - March 2008

Lynyrd Skynyrd Street Survivors  - Ordering

Lynyrd Skynyrd Street Survivors - Ordering


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