Lynyrd Skynyrd Turns It Up One More Time
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The CD which was recorded on the 1987 Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute tour commerorates the tenth anniversary of the plane crash that took the lives of Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, and Dean Killpatrick. Sure the CD doesn't contain all of the songs that the video: THE LYNYRD SKYNYRD TRIBUTE TOUR contains, but the songs it contains make up for what is loss. Included is an introduction by Lacy Van Zant, a "Sweet Home Alabama" featuring Donnie Van Zant and Charlie Daniels, and a breath taking instrumental version of "Freebird" which will stop your heart if you listen to it closely enough. Billy Powell and Artimus Pyle, two older members put their heart and soul in to bringing back memories as do the new ones...also Allen Collins cheers from the sides. Overall this CD may not be as significant or as loaded as "One More From The Road" or "Lyve From Steel Town," but it's still great."
TRAVESTY... LET IT STAY HIDDEN
wally gator | USA | 04/17/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Lynyrd Skynyrd is absolutely one of my favorite bands. They, to me, epitomize what Southern Rock/Bar Rock oughtta sound like. However, I am somewhat of a purist and refuse to listen to anything post Ronnie Van years (itssssaaaa SIN!)
My moms bought this album back in the day, back before I knew anything about Lynyrd Skynyrd. This was my first glimpse of the band, and luckily not my last, because if this was all I knew of Lynyrd Skynyrd.. I probably never would have touched them again. This disc is lousy.
The faults on this bit go on for miles. Ronnie Van must've been proud that he was being a tributed, but was prolly rollin' over to discover it was all a plea to make some of these survivors a little more bread.
They should have come up with a different name... like a tribute name... Kin-of-Skynyrd (I just came up with that in two seconds.. it wasn't hard) they vowed never to use the name Lynyrd Skynyrd again in the seventies, and looky here! 20 years later and the travesty continues... less than a quarter of the original line-up left... constant quarrels between members, on who has the rights to what... real great tribute. Ronnie must be proud.
Thats really not the main problem though. New Skynyrd sounds like a country band.. Real Skynyrd was not a country band... they were a ROCK band... and who has time to listen to the audience sing the entire Free Bird? Certainly not I. Go get ONE FROM THE ROAD live circa '74.. the only live skynyrd you need (good stuff), and leave this one for the other birds....