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Box Set (3CD) [Box set, Best of]

Lynyrd Skynyrd Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Free Bird (Demo)
2. Junkie (Demo)
3. He's Alive (Demo)
4. One More Time (Original Version)
5. Gimme Three Steps (Original Version)
6. Trust (Original Version)
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Sweet Home Alabama
2. Was I Right Or Was I Wrong?
3. Workin' For MCA
4. Don't Ask Me No Questions
5. Swamp Music
6. The Ballad Of Curtis Lowe
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Gimme Back My Bullets (Live)
2. Searchin' (Live)
3. Simple Man (Live)
4. Crossroads (Live)
5. T For Texas (Live)
6. Whiskey Rock-a-roller
See all 15 tracks on this disc

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It was only fitting that the ultimate Southern rock institution, Lynyrd Skynyrd -- certainly one of the more tragic stories in rock & roll history -- should be one of the first bands to benefit from a comprehensive box set. Following the format of the highly successful Led Zeppelin box set, this three-disc, 47-song anthology provides a near-perfect career retrospective, complete with a carefully researched booklet with meticulous historical essays and rare photos for the new and rabid fan alike. The latter will probably be most interested in disc one, which features a number of early demos dating back as early as 1970 and not featured in prior collections, as well as an embryonic demo of "Freebird" minus its extended-jam coda. The nine-minute version from the band's milestone debut, Pronounced is also featured here, of course, as is most of the material from the group's next album, Second Helping, generally regarded as their career peak. Disc two alone could serve as a greatest-hits set, as classic after classic is rattled off in mind-blowing succession. And even when the creative fires finally begin to wane somewhat as the set approaches the Nuthin' Fancy and Gimme Back My Bullets material (recorded at a time when the band was plagued by overwork and escalating drug abuse), the set wisely offers alternate versions and live renditions to keep things interesting. The first half of disc three alternates never-before-heard concert performances with other, equally inspired live versions. Its second half is dominated by the unintentional swan song Street Survivors. Released only three days before the fateful plane crash, the album saw a re-energized Skynyrd achieving a new level of maturity, power, and purpose. Although most box sets tend to be a bit too much for the casual fan to swallow, this one feels just right

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3.0 out of 5 stars Get the original albums first Nov. 14 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Lynyrd Skynyrd box set suffers from the schizophrenia many box sets do - it doesn't know whether to cater to the serious or casual fan. It contains lots of hits that all serious fans already have, but it leaves off several key tracks in favor of "alternate takes" or "demos" that pale in comparison the fiery released versions. If you are a true fanatic, go ahead. If you are a more casual fan, get the band's first five albums (all recently remastered), "Pronounced", "Second", "Nuthin'", "Gimme", and "Street". These five discs by the original band show Skynyrd not to be the hick boogie band of popular lore (Freeeee Biirrd!), but instead a group of talented musicians with an original and - yes - southern point of view. Not that there's anything wrong with that... By the way, most of the other "best of" CDs suffer from the same problem as the box.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Best Feb. 28 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had at one time the single greatest hits. Though ok, it was inadequate once I heard the double greatest (essential) hits. Sure liked that compilation, one of my favorite sets. In fact,liked it so much, I bought this boxset.

This has a disc's worth or so of more songs including alternative and live tracks of the studio versions. A fair bit of overlap between the two so I'm not sure I'll keep both but this boxset is the better one by a slim margin. It has an extensive book or large booklet on Skynyrd's history / track listing as a bonus. And being a boxset, it comes in a real box !

The only negative comment is I wish it included the studio version of Simple Man too, instead of just a live version. The best and most cost effective route to collecting most of Skynyrd's music library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Box Set April 26 2004
Format:Audio CD
This box set is excellent. It contains many rarities like the original demo of "Freebird". The song "He's Alive" is an awesome song, and there are many rare live songs on the CD's as well. There's only one problem that I have with this box set, which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5:
To me, a box set should include the band's entire collection. I've always felt that that's the whole point of a box set. Like CCR's box set; it contains all of their albums plus an entire CD of songs they did before they became famous. I can understand it not including stuff from the albums that the band made after the crash (They should make a separate box set with all of those albums). But it should contain every song from Pronounced, Second Helping, Nuthin' Fancy, Gimme Back My Bullets, and Street Survivors. I think Street Survivors is the only complete album on the box set.
But other than this flaw, this box set is excellent!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Skynyrd's Best All In One Place Sept. 2 2003
By JonP
Format:Audio CD
Lynyrd Skynyrd was the height of southern rock. Their triple guitars and straight forward southern rock, along with Van Zant's meaningful lyrics, made them one of rock n' roll's greatest. All the classics are here, from "Tuesday's Gone", to "Free Bird", "Sweet Home Alabama", and "Saturday Night Special". But plenty more is included, such as the live set on disc three, featuring "Gimme Back My Bullets", "Simple Man," and Cream's "Crossroads". Few box sets are able to almost entirely capture all of an artist's best material, but this one may have done it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dont make them like this anymore Aug. 13 2003
By "ch013"
Format:Audio CD
just the final guitar solo on Comin' Home is worth the price of this set
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5.0 out of 5 stars Skynyrd Gets Serious With This 3-Disc Set July 20 2003
Format:Audio CD
I wanted this box set as soon as I knew it was released. I wasn't disappointed. This box set shows the loud and gritty side of Lynyrd Skynyrd, as well as the slow and easy country rockin' style. All the hits are represented here, as well as a few rare sounds of the unrealeased demo cuts. All told, Lynyrd Skynyrd knocks out a wonderful edition to any fans' collection, be it casual or die hard. I still listen to mine. And when I do, I just close my eyes and let that Free Bird fly.......
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest, Most Versatile Bands Ever!! Sept. 25 2002
By Alex
Format:Audio CD
As I imagine many people were, I was exposed to Lynyrd Skynyrd years before I ever truly knew who they were through their immortal classic "Sweet Home Alabama." Much later, I had the good fortune to hear that song again while riding with a buddy. This time, though, I got to hear a lot more than just "Sweet Home." This time, I heard, in its full glory, the full virtuosity of a band which deserves every word of praise ever given to it and then some. Even though I am not given to buying box sets, I knew that Lynyrd Skynyrd was not a band I could hear in it's true glory with just one disc. I had to get that box.
One of the greatest things about Skynyrd is the incredibly broad range of styles they cover. Rock, Country and Blues all have a home in the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd and they certainly knew how to meld the styles to craft a singularly unique and brilliant sound. Their music is played with an energy and honesty that very very few other musicians can match.
I was very impressed with the arrangement of this box set. Yes, it flows in chronological order, but it the order is so good, I could swear sometimes that each song was carefully selected as the perfect follow up to that which proceeded. Also, each disc seems to have a very distinct feel to it. The first CD is rather laid back, with ballads like "Free Bird," "Comin' Home," and "Tuesday's Gone." There are some uptempo numbers, like "Give Me Three Steps" and "Poison Whiskey," but they are nicely in tune with the slower numbers, keeping the flow of the CD. The second disc gets a little edgier, with the powerful rocker "Workin' For MCA" and "Saturday Night Special." Of course, there are still some beautiful numbers, like the great "Ballad of Curtis Lowe," which help this CD to fall in a nice spot between really gritty and really relaxed.
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