Luan P. (lpham182b) from HUDSONVILLE, MI Reviewed on 3/15/2010...
I alway enjoy Lynyrd Skynyrd. I like this CD very much.
LAUDABLE SONGS BUT INSUFFICIENTLY CHARACTERIZED
Rocknscrolls | Calgary, AB Canada | 07/20/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A distinguished collection of Skynyrd's best works. Sweet Home Alabama, What's Your Name, That Smell and Down South Jukin' all fit the bill perfectly. Has included also the classic Tuesday's Gone, an acclaimed track not arranged with say the Skynyrd's Innyrds compilation. Only thing that could have been improved upon is if Gimme Three Steps, I Ain't The One and Free Bird had been classified (Live) on the CD label cover. Don't think would have been that substantial an effort by MCA to let potential buyers become aware or familiar with such song details. Free Bird sounds effective in this crowd interactive mode, but as another reviewer claimed, Gimme Three Steps especially would have been more ideal as done in its studio-recording format. I neither favor nor denounce I Ain't The One, so its energy-acoustic Live rendition didn't pose that great a difference/impact to me..."
A great Skynyrd "best of" collection
webitters | 04/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gold & Platinum when it was released on L.P. in 1979 when I was a cash strapped 16 year old (it was undoubtedly the best 9 bucks I ever spent) and have listened to it regularly ever since. In short, this was and still is one of the greatest "best of" albums ever made. I am familiar with Lynyrd Skynyrd's entire catalogue of music and there is practically nothing that I would change if I were asked to come up with sixteen representative songs, except for maybe a couple of minor nitpicks. Gold & Platinum, along with One More From the Road, covers most of the essential Lynyrd Skynyrd material, although non-cash strapped hard-core fans will want all of Skynyrd's original six albums (Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd, Second Helping, Nothing Fancy, Gimme Back My Bullets, Street Survivors, One More From the Road) plus First.As for RCQ2's comment/complaint that each disc contains only about 45 minutes of music, one should remember that this was a release from the "20-minutes-a-side" L.P. era. To MCA's credit, they did not monkey with the song listings, either cutting a song or two to make it fit on one CD or adding filler songs to "justify" the two CDs. They left it alone, and I appreciate that. The L.P. included song lyrics and musician listings for every song. These are not included with the CD, which is a negative.As for DogsofWar3's comments that there are "too many live songs" I would rebut by saying that there are three live songs out of a total of sixteen songs. Furthermore, among the three songs that are live on this collection (I Ain't the One, Gimme Three Steps, and Free Bird) the live versions are vastly superior to the studio versions. Had MCA included the live version of say, Sweet Home Alabama, instead of the studio version, a legitimate complaint could be made.If you want the best studio version of Free Bird, you are going to have to buy Lynyrd Skynyrd's First.In conclusion, Gold & Platinum would make a fine addition to any potential Lynyrd Skynyrd fan's CD collection."
Lynyrd Skynard Gold and Platinum
Alicia L. Miller | Marietta, GA | 08/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have bought previous recordings of Lynyrd Skynyrd and this is the one that has been the best out of any of their other albums. It is a double CD set; however, it doesn't have all of the songs on it such as Curtis Lowe and a lot of their live songs. Mostly, this is one that has their original recordings and has the long Free Bird song that starts off with "What is it you want to hear?" and the entire crowd yells "Free Bird" and who can listen to Free Bird without the bird that tweets in the beginning? And, Amazon was the only place I could find this particular CD after searching through a lot of other stores that are located in the Heart of Dixie and that's saying quite a bit."