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|1. Gimme Back My Bullets (Live)|
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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!!!!
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.Read more ›
I do have a few complaints though. First, the songs have not been remastered for this box set which is rather unfortunate since Lynyrd Skynyrd's classic albums were not graced with great production quality. Second, though I appreciate the live songs on Disc 3, I feel we should have been offered the studio versions of "Gimme Back My Bullets", "Searchin", "Simple Man", and "Whiskey Rock-A-Roller" as well. "Simple Man" in particular is one of Skynyrd's all-time classics and no career retrospective box set should be without the original studio version of this song. Still, there are some great moments in the live songs included here too - who doesn't enjoy it when Ronnie tells the crowd he's gonna "sik an Okie" on them in the intro to "T For Texas"?
If you've ever been a fan of southern rock in general or Lynyrd Skynyrd in particular, you need this box set in your collection. I've had it for 10 years now and continue to derive a great deal of enjoyment from it - I'm quite confident you will too.
Most recent customer reviews
My husband and I love this set, and can't decide which cd is our favourite. Definitely worth buying.Published 11 months ago by Lexi
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2009 by K. Nedokis
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... Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2003 by JonP
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... Read morePublished on July 20 2003 by Jason A. Joslin
i am one of those people who haven't heard any skynyrd except "sweet home alabama," "free bird," and "tuesday's gone. Read morePublished on June 26 2002 by J. Wesley Townsend
This boxed set is a wonderful tribute to those"Boys from Jacksonville".All the soaring guitars of Gary Rossington,Allen Collins,Steve Gaines,and Ed King(from the early years),the... Read morePublished on June 16 2002
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This is a great box set of music, for either the die-hard or simple fan. Not only do you get the classics like "Curtis Lowe", "Three Steps",... Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2001 by charlie Nelson
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