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Lynyrd Skynyrd: Sweet Home Alabama (2008)

Lynyrd Skynyrd  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FQHQF0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,800 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Lynyrd Skynyrd is the ultimate Southern Rock band. Their signature three guitar attack coupled to superb songwriting and massive on stage charisma has rightfully earned them a reputation as one of the greatest live bands of all time. The original band infamously had their career cut short by a disastrous plane crash in 1977, which took the lives of three members plus two of their road crew and seriously injured several others. In 1987 the surviving members reformed the band with Johnny Van Zant taking the place of his brother Ronnie. This concert from 1996 captures the band on top form at Rockpalast's Loreley Festival on June 23, 1996.

Bonus Features: As a real treat for Lynyrd Skynyrd fans we have three tracks from the Hamburg Musikhalle on December 5, 1974 featuring the original line-up of the band performing their three best known songs.

1) Working For MCA
2) I Ain't The One
3) Down South Junkin'
4) Double Trouble
5) I Know A Little
6) Saturday Night Special
7) Swamp Music
8) What's Your Name
9) That Smell
10) Simple Man
11) Gimme Three Steps
12) Call Me The Breeze
13) Sweet Home Alabama
14) Free Bird

Bonus Tracks: December 5, 1974:
1) Working For MCA
2) Free Bird
3) Sweet Home Alabama

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LYNYRD SKYNRYD "SWEET HOME ALABAMA" DVD November 5, 2008

They perform all their classics, plus you get a few rare ones, like "I ain't the one", the entire version of "double trouble" instead of the medley version, and "SWAMP MUSIC" (This is a great rarity for concert dvd's, It's a great song, it has a reference to the late Bluesman Son House - ..."when the hound dogs start barking, they sound like Son House singing the blues..."). These make this concert more special.

You get the line-up of Johnny Van Zant on Lead Vocals, Gary Rossington on guitar, Rickey Medlocke on guitar, and the late Hughie Thomossom on guitar, Billy Powell on keyboards, the late Leon Wilkeson on bass (this is another reason this dvd is special - it includes both Leon & Hughie who are both now deseased), Owen Hale on drums and Dale Kranz-Rossington and Carol Chase on backing vocals.

The "3 guitar" performances of Gary, Rickey, and Hughie are awesome!!! This was quite a team of guitar players. Just like Gary, Allen and Steve (or Ed), were an awesome team.

THE BONUS MATERIAL CONSISTS OF 3 SONGS: "WORKIN' FOR MCA", "FREEBIRD'AND "SWEET HOME ALABAMA". This was filmed in Hamburg, Germany during 1974. The line-up consists of Ronnie Van Zant on vocals, Ed King on guitar, Gary Rossington on guitar, Allen Collins on guitar, Billy Powell on keyboards, Leon Wilkeson on bass, and Bob Burns on drums.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get it for mainly the bonus footage... January 10, 2009
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The main concert featured on this DVD is pretty good, but some of the performances from some of the band members are a little off. The two main redeeming highlights of the main concert with the more contemporary lineup is them performing "Workin' For MCA" (which they no longer could do once they signed to CMC) and the cool guitar solos performed in series by the three guitarists. The band's performance on the Lyve From Steel Town DVD is flawless, and overall I recommend that one over this one if you don't want to get both. However, I encourage you to get both, because several songs on this DVD do not appear on the Steel Town DVD because the latter was recorded shortly after their awesome "Twenty" album was released, so several of their old numbers were replaced with material from "Twenty."

The best thing about this DVD, of course, is the vintage footage of the old Lynyrd Skynyrd with Ronnie, Ed King, et al performing back in 1974. The sound quality is predicatably bad, but not unbearably horrible like some bootleg VHS recordings you can find on ebay. One cool part of that footage features Ed King doing a nice, melodic solo before the last verse of "Free Bird" that later was always occupied by Billy Powell--interesting--never heard a live version of Free Bird without Billy's solo. The only bad part (and it's just humorous rather than annoying) of this classic footage is Ed King singing harmony on "Sweet Home"--yikes! No wonder they got the Honkettes later on! :)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars just for the bonus 1974 footage October 26, 2008
Here's the breakdown. A complete show from Loreley Festival 1996:

Workin' for MCA
I Ain't the One
Down South Junkin'
Double Trouble
I Know a Little
Saturday Night Special
Swamp Music
What's Your Name
That Smell
Simple Man
Gimme Three Steps
Call Me the Breeze
Sweet Home Alabama
Free Bird

There are 3 bonus performances from Hamburg 1974:

Workin' for MCA
Free Bird
Sweet Home Alabama

This lineup has the main core of the classic line up of VanZant, Collins, Rossington, and Powell. Ed King and Bob Burns are on guitar and drums respectfully.

These 3 songs are worth the price alone!

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The Good
The main portion of the DVD is from Skynyrd's appearance at the Loreley Festival in 1996, which was filmed for the German television program Rockpalast. The group's set is flawless as they rifle though some of their best material. The set didn't really get interesting for me until about eight songs in. For the first half Skynyrd focuses on lesser-known material; "I Ain't the One," "Double Trouble," and others. Once the crowd is into it, Skynyrd fires off hit after hit; "What's Your Name," "That Smell," "Simple Man," "Gimme Three Steps," "Call Me the Breeze," "Sweet Home Alabama," and "Free Bird."

The DVDs bonus material is from another performance in Germany. Only this time it features the original Lynyrd Skynyrd back in 1974. This three song performance of "Workin' For the MCA," "Free Bird," and "Sweet Home Alabama" is surprisingly of high quality. It was interesting to go from a hugh arena performance to a small club performance. After watching the '74 show you'll see how easy it was for the band to become as big as they did. As great as Johnny Van Zant is with Skynyrd today, his brother Ronnie was truly a better choice at vocals.

The Bad
A longer performance of the '74 show or another show around that time would have been a better contrast to the main show.

The Verdict
Two great Lynyrd Skynyrd performances on one DVD. How can you beat that?
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5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like
It's pronounced, Len-ard Skin-ard. If you like Skynyrd, then this DVD is one that should added to any collection you may already have going. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars SOUTHERN ROCK
now we are talking Rock Music and the Best Southern Rock Band around is Lynyrd Skynyrd so for those of you that have not try it just try Lynyrd Skynyrd one time and you will be... Read more
Published 10 months ago by w l mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
I love to see and hear good musicians performing live. Seeing Skynyrd live (especially all the original band members) is a real treat that my wife and I both love.
Published 10 months ago by Humbucker
5.0 out of 5 stars Lynard Skynard
I really enjoyed this. All that I was expecting. Would recommend it. A good reminder of old time music.Great .
Published 21 months ago by David Pollock
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Concert Featuring Skynyrd
This is a great country-rocking concert and Skynyrd continues to prove that they are in the house!!
It's a shame to lose great players from this group but the new replacements... Read more
Published 21 months ago by jonutsu
5.0 out of 5 stars an awesome dvd
Sweet home alabama is yet another stellar dvd from the boys from jacksonsville which also is my favourite band after the grateful dead. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Rohit R
3.0 out of 5 stars Great show but....
Great show! They band played their butts off but..... The video looks like it came from a well used VHS. And the crowd ..... Read more
Published 24 months ago by T. Dascoli
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome DVD
This Lynyrd Skynyrd DVD is one for your collection. Johnny Van Zant does his brother Ronnie's music like no other.
Published on May 17, 2011 by Midwest Mark
4.0 out of 5 stars Gimme three more steps
PQ is pretty good. SQ is very good. Great music and the extras are a nice addition.
Published on August 4, 2010 by Mr. Atomic
5.0 out of 5 stars Let Mr young Know That 2
Love this DVD - Good to have old footage although sound quality is not good. Concert footage good.Gary Rossington, Billy Powell, Leon Wilkeson original members with Ronnies Brother... Read more
Published on June 28, 2009 by Kevin J. Donovan
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