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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic collection
Andy Gill, the official critic above, is obviously not a fan of either Skynyrd or southern rock. Skynyrd are often misunderstood and easily dismissed due to the corner they have been painted into by the ubiquitousness of "Free Bird" and a few of their other hits. But to any healthy rock fan who listens to one of their albums, it will be obvious that someone...
Published on May 1, 1999 by sleaf

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Get the original albums first
The Lynyrd Skynyrd box set suffers from the schizophrenia many box sets do - it doesn't know whether to cater to the serious or casual fan. It contains lots of hits that all serious fans already have, but it leaves off several key tracks in favor of "alternate takes" or "demos" that pale in comparison the fiery released versions. If you are a true...
Published on November 14, 1999


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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic collection, May 1, 1999
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"sleaf" (Washington, DC) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Lynyrd Skynyrd (Audio CD)
Andy Gill, the official critic above, is obviously not a fan of either Skynyrd or southern rock. Skynyrd are often misunderstood and easily dismissed due to the corner they have been painted into by the ubiquitousness of "Free Bird" and a few of their other hits. But to any healthy rock fan who listens to one of their albums, it will be obvious that someone who believes "Street Survivors" is a "rotten LP" has no business being a professional music critic. There's just no question these guys are worthy of a retrospective of this size, and they fill it out sensationally. This is obviously not the first Skynyrd purchase one should make (I don't think any box set is a wise first buy), but for those who are already aware of the amazing strength and consistency of this band's catalogue, I say buy this set immediately. "Junkie" and "He's Alive" on disc 1 are truly amazing songs that I haven't heard elsewhere. In addition, the demos of previously released tracks offer well-chosen peaks into the band's creative process that I enjoy listening to as much as the finished versions. Fantastic booklet, too, with informative writing and great pics.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Collection (please remaster it), July 14, 2002
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James F. Colobus (Pittsburgh, PA United States) - See all my reviews
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This box set stands as a testament to the diversity and quality of Lynyrd Skynyrd's music. From the spare blues of "Mr. Banker" and "Four Walls of Raiford" to the balladry of "Tuesday's Gone" and "One More Time" to the hard rock of "On the Hunt" and "Saturday Night Special", this set demonstrates that the boys from Florida excelled in a wide variety of musical styles. If you are a casual fan, the hits are all here from "Freebird" to "Sweet Home Alabama". For the Skynyrd enthusiast, Disc 1 is a treasure-trove of very enjoyable demos that makes this box set a must.
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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the South- Period!, January 16, 2000
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W. Langan "take403" (the end of the world to your town!) - See all my reviews
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I like the fact that this box set includes their biggest hits and includes its share of rarities (like the original demo of "Free Bird" back in 1970 and the alternative take of "What's Your Name"). I'm glad they included "The Ballad of Curtis Lowe", one of my favorite all-time Skynyrd songs! Also includes lots of live material from their 1976 tour. The booklet is generous with photos and insights on the band. Skynyrd is my all-time favorite Southern rock band since just about everything they did (while Ronnie Van Zant and Steve and Cassie Gaines were still alive) is worth having. There's no other band of that genre that I could recommend all their original albums. Fortunately, nothing from their 1991 "reunion" album is included!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Get the original albums first, November 14, 1999
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This review is from: Lynyrd Skynyrd (Audio CD)
The Lynyrd Skynyrd box set suffers from the schizophrenia many box sets do - it doesn't know whether to cater to the serious or casual fan. It contains lots of hits that all serious fans already have, but it leaves off several key tracks in favor of "alternate takes" or "demos" that pale in comparison the fiery released versions. If you are a true fanatic, go ahead. If you are a more casual fan, get the band's first five albums (all recently remastered), "Pronounced", "Second", "Nuthin'", "Gimme", and "Street". These five discs by the original band show Skynyrd not to be the hick boogie band of popular lore (Freeeee Biirrd!), but instead a group of talented musicians with an original and - yes - southern point of view. Not that there's anything wrong with that... By the way, most of the other "best of" CDs suffer from the same problem as the box.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff for Skynyrd fans!, January 29, 2000
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First of all, dismiss the "professional" review. If this guy doesn't like Southern rock why is he reviewing a Skynyrd box set. I think this a very complete set of Skynyrd hits and early demos, original versions, etc. Its interesting to hear the bands evolution in sound from 1970 until there untimely demise. The book is also very informative. I have seen the reunion band twice (1987,1998) and they sound great. If your are not a die-hard fan I think the 2-CD set that is out now containing their greatest hits is a very good option also.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent overview of one of the greatest rock bands, June 22, 2005
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this box set is simply fantastic as you get all the classic songs of this great southern rock band for 48 bucks.this sontains some rarites and demos which you wont get in their regular albums.get this with one more from the road and allman brothers at fillmore east to start your southern rock collection.very highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest, Most Versatile Bands Ever!!, September 25, 2002
This review is from: Lynyrd Skynyrd (Audio CD)
As I imagine many people were, I was exposed to Lynyrd Skynyrd years before I ever truly knew who they were through their immortal classic "Sweet Home Alabama." Much later, I had the good fortune to hear that song again while riding with a buddy. This time, though, I got to hear a lot more than just "Sweet Home." This time, I heard, in its full glory, the full virtuosity of a band which deserves every word of praise ever given to it and then some. Even though I am not given to buying box sets, I knew that Lynyrd Skynyrd was not a band I could hear in it's true glory with just one disc. I had to get that box.
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. The third CD shows a much nastier edge with the hard rock of "Gimme Back My Bullets" and "That Smell," or the gritty blues of "Ain't No Good Life." Overall an excellent job of arranging the music.
Perhaps the most impressive accomplishment of this set, and also the band in general, is it's consistant listenability. I can easily go through any of the three CDs without feeling compelled to skip a single song. There are, of course some particularly exceptionally numbers, but each and every song is well worth hearing, an unbelievable feat when one considers that there are 47 songs in all.
This is a very highly reccomended collection of music, even if you are a newcomer to the band. Lynyrd Skynyrd is absolutly one of the greatses bands ever to grace the world withit's music. It's a terrible tragedy that not all of the band's original members are not alive to continue to share the music, but they have left a legacy behind which may well endure forever. Essential stuff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational throughout the decades., May 18, 2000
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I first purchased this set in 1991, and it has remained one of my favorites (out of hundreds) since then. Lead singer Ronnie Van Zant's lyrics offer timeless insight into the many facets of life, love, wealth, substance abuse, and fame. Coupling the already solid and dynamic talent of the band with guitarist/magician Steve Gaines created a nova-like explosion in rock-and -roll history, the likes of which have happened all too infrequently through the past 50 years. Andy Gill's description of the gems taken from Street Survivors in this collection blatantly amplifies the need for him to be relegated to reviewing Manilow or Streisand releases. This is southern soul music at its finest, and one must be in touch with his soul to fully experience it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ultimate LYNYRD SKYNYRD, January 29, 1999
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FIRST THINGS FIRST!!!!!YOUR FIRST REVIEW SHOULD NOT EVEN BE POSTED HERE.AS TO YOUR THIRD REVIEW SKYNYRD IS FROM JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA!!??!!IN CLOSING I WOULD LIKETO SAY THAT LYNYRD SKYNYRD IS SOUTHERN ROCK ANDDRIVEN BY REAL LIFE EXPERIENCES LIVED BY THE BAND,ON SOUTHERN STREETS BY SOUTHERN PEOPLE.NOT FROMRACIALLY BIASED REDNECKS BUT FROM REAL PEOPLEEXPRESSING THEIR FEELINGS AND EXPERIENCES THEONLY WAY THEY KNEW.SOUL STIRRING SOUTHERN ROCK!!!!A TRUE ETERNAL FAN JAMES MATHEWS
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Might Be Best Box Set Ever Released, January 19, 2013
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David D. McFarland "Judemac" (Oceanside, California United States) - See all my reviews
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I got this one a long time ago and was blown away by song selections as well as the bonus tracks included. Even though it is a three CD box set, it gives you basically everything you'll ever need by Lynyrd Skynyrd. You get all the hits, the best album tracks, selected "Live" cuts & various demos. So really what else can I say that others who gave them a five star rating didn't! So, along with The Allman Brothers, this is one of the finest southern rock bands of all time and one can only wonder what might have been if things would not have changed completely in 1977.
Drop by my website sometime @ "JudeMac Forever" & GET this box set! Highly recommended!
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