Phillip C. from CONCORD, CA Reviewed on 1/13/2007...
Same CD but no flames on the cover, though.
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Skynyrd's roots really shine here
Erik K | Albuquerque, NM. | 04/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The primary change to the Skynyrd lineup on this album is the addition of guitarist Steve "Roy" Gaines, taking the spot left by Ed King after Nuthin' Fancy. Gaine's playing shows a lot of country swing influences, he was a real picker. His playing adds a fine gloss to Skynyrd's sound when combined with Rossington's smokey blues/rock and slide and Allen Collin's blues laced arena rock energy. When you put these three guys together you're in trouble if you're expecting anything other than full blown southern fried music. Steve Gaines sings Ain't no Good Life. His vocals aren't on par with Ronnie Van Zant's, which makes this the weakest track, if there is one. But it's inclusion shows the guys really enjoyed having Gaines in the band. That Smell is the track that sounds most like earlier Skynyrd, and it was the big hit of this record, along with What's Your Name, which has a great understated rhythm guitar feel. I Know a Little (about love) is a high point; a fast, happy, danceable, country swing flavored song that showcases the guitar playing talent in this lineup. If there's a single place to throw in a tastefull guitar lick, they do it and they never miss. And check out Honky Tonk Night Time Man too. This album is so filled with southern influence that you expect sweet mollasses to start running from your speakers; country blues, swing, Dobro, slide, barrelhouse piano, you name it. For the aspiring guitar player wanting to learn about southern style pickin' and songwriting this is a high water mark. Then just TRY and track down all the guys Gaines, Rossington, Collins, Van Zant and the rest listened to."
Not as good as many of these reviews suggest
Erik K | 04/03/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Wow - slightly overrated album here. Due to the overly glowing reviews I felt compelled to write one myself. Firt off, while it is a very strong skynyrd album, it does not deserve 5 stars. How about 4? I listened to Nuthin' Fancy and that is a decidedly better album with better songs and a superior sound quality. I like Skynyrd better when they had Ed King instead of Steve Gaines. Don't get me wrong, Gaines is a fantastic player but Nuthin' Fancy is a better "band" album and Gaines tries too hard to purposely outplay Rossington and Collins. But that is understandable considering he literally joined the band off of the street (back-up singer's brother), and he undoubtably was the best guitarist in the group. I believe most talented people probably would have done the same, given the opportunity. He also sings lead on songs and that takes away from the value of having a Van Zant and it seems slightly egotistical on Gaines' part. One may argue that he was expected to showcase his talents, as well as the other members. That's fine but remember, there is a difference between showcase and showboat. First and foremost, Lynyrd Skynyrd was a cohesive band, and secondly, a band that showcased it's members talents. That being said, I must admit his vocal in the song You Got That Right is right on - a true Virgo perfectionist. However, when things are too perfect in music, it sounds too technical (guitar playing too) and somewhat lacks feeling, that's just my opinion. But again, you must cut some slack here, it was his very appearance with the band on a studio album. It was literally his oppurtunity of his lifetime, he would be the first one to tell you that. But, you can't really take away a guy's effort who obviously was just trying his best. I just think it negatively effected the band and most likely gave the other mates a feeling that this new guy was trying to steal the whole show. You can literally hear it in the music. Maybe they liked it or encouraged it, but I doubt it. These are just personal observations and not really why I'm giving it 4 stars.The bottom line is that this is a four star album because a couple of songs are noticeably forgettable and plain: I never Dreamed and Ain't No Good Life, although the latter is where Gaines "shows off" his high range vocals, again trying to out-do his band mates. Not really a true critisizm since most everybody else would have done the same thing possessing the enormous talents he held. But it just feels like it lessens the value of having a complete band unity and harmony as well as agreement in feeling/musicianship which, by the way, oozes out of Nuthin' Fancy.Still a very strong album and I recommend it. Strongest tracks are One More Time, You Got That Right, That Smell, and I Know A Little. Pick it up along with Nuthin' Fancy."
I still miss em
Jon Reimer | 10/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The best album of the best band of all time. The harmony that Steve Gaines and Ronnie Van Zant put together in You Got that Right is spine tingling. I saw the band in 1976 with Yes, Peter Frampton, Gary Wright, and 70,00 screaming people. I went mostly to see Peter Frampton but came out loving Lynyrd Skynyrd. One only wonders what could have been since they were just entering the prime of their music careers."