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Second Helping [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Lynyrd SkynyrdAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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listen  2. I Need You 6:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Don't Ask Me No Questions 3:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. The Needle And The Spoon 3:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Don't Ask Me No Questions (Single Version) 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Was I Right Or Wrong (Demo Version) 5:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Take Your Time 7:29$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 4, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002P74
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,435 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

With staples such as "Sweet Home Alabama," "Workin' for MCA," and the J.J. Cale-penned "Call Me the Breeze," Skynyrd's second captures the Jacksonville, Florida, band at the height of its powers, coming off the success of "Free Bird" and "Gimme Three Steps" from their 1973 debut. Backed by a tight rhythm section and the mighty three-guitar attack of Allen Collins, Ed King, and Gary Rossington, singer Ronnie Van Zant (credited in the album notes for "Vocals, J&B") turns in a legendary performance on the urgent blues ballad "I Need You," the cautionary "The Needle and the Spoon," and "The Ballad of Curtis Loew," the story of a young white boy sitting at the feet of an old black Dobro master. Along with Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd and One More from the Road, Second Helping remains Skynyrd's finest hour. --James Rotondi

Product Description

Skynyrd's sophomore album remains their most popular, and now it's been expanded and remastered for this special-edition CD. It's got all the original tracks- Sweet Home Alabama; Workin' for MCA; Swamp Music; They Call Me the Breeze , and the rest-plus three bonus tracks, including a demo of Take Your Time , a previously unreleased version of Was I Right or Wrong and the first reissue of the single version of Don't Ask Me No Questions !

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Slab O'Skynyrd April 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
One of the great hard rock bands of the 1970s, Lynyrd Skynyrd, have been mistakenly reviled by some as a buncha' racist rednecks, with too many guitars to boot. As head hombre Ronnie Van Zandt would have proclaimed: "the FOOLS!". Which appears to have been his favored insult through out Skynyrd's recording career. They were more raw, raunchy, stylistically varied, and a lot smarter and funnier than a majority of their contemporaries. "Second Helping", arguably their finest studio album, begins with the classic "Sweet Home Alabama". How anyone can not love this song is beyond my comprehension (Understandably tired of it from dreaded "Classic Rock" radio overkill, perhaps...). Even target of derision, Neil Young (because of his song "Southern Man"), loved it, and after all as Neil Young fan, Van Zandt, quipped, "I just felt he was taking down the whole flock just to nail a few bad ducks". On "Working For MCA", Van Zandt lets out one of the greatest frustrated snarls ever recorded to accompany the beginning landslide of guitar noise. In the album's "slow" number, "The Ballad Of Curtis Loew", a young boy is awestruck by the dobro blues of one Curtis Loew, and he bites back on his anger at the local FOOLS who consider the old man useless. "Swamp Music" is a tightly coiled number (three chords, three guitars!) that sings of the joy of leaving the big city for a while, with your hound at your side. While "Needle And The Spoon" sends out a stark caveat to all the needle freaks. Apparently after a double bill in Missouri, the band wound up getting drunk with The New York Dolls (?!?) (according to a recent Doll's bio) who probably would have profited from paying closer attention to this song. Read more ›
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Skynyrd Studio Album December 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
What can I say? Every single song on this album is a classic. If I wanted to list the great songs on it, I'd just direct you to the track listing. Yes -- it's that good.
Obviously, the most popular song on this album is "Sweet Home Alabama." It's a good song, but there's more to Skynyrd than ole "Sweet Home." Songs like "Workin' For MCA," "The Needle And The Spoon," "Call Me The Breeze," and "The Ballad Of Curtis Loew" are every bit as good as "Sweet Home."
"Pronounced" is a great album. "Street Survivors" and "Gimme Back My Bullets" (which is SO underrated!) are great, too, and "Nuthin' Fancy" is a gem, but the greatest studio album ever put out by Skynyrd has to be "Second Helping." Buy them all (and also "One More From The Road [Deluxe Edition]" and, if you want to hear what the new version of the band sounds like, "Edge Of Forever"), but put this album at the top of the list.
Also, don't listen to whoever said the mix/production are poor. This album's mix is fine. Skynyrd albums use panning EXTREMELY well, increasing the impact of their double or triple guitar leads and riffs. The production is fine, too, and "Call Me The Breeze" is far from lame.
One more thing: "Was I Right Or Wrong" is a great song. It was originally supposed to be on this album, and, well, it would have been right at home on the original album. It finally gets its much deserved place on the album with this reissue!
All in all, this album is pretty hard to beat, and you will enjoy it... that can be guaranteed.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What hasn't been said before... May 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Second Helping(1974). Lynyrd Skynyrd's Second Album.

In 1974, following the release of 'Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd', Lynyrd Skynyrd took to the studios and recorded the aptly titled 'Second Helping', the album which would go on to become their biggest hit, spawning instantly recognizable singles such as "Sweet Home Alabama", "Don't Ask Me No Questions", "Workin' For MCA", "The Ballad of Curtis Loew", "The Needle And The Spoon", "Call Me The Breeze", and the minor hit "Swamp Music". Although initially unpopular, once "Sweet Home Alabama hit the Top 40, 'Second Helping' surged into the Top Ten on the album charts, and has become an album that defines southern rock and even hard rock. A powerful mixture of hard rock, blues, country, and boogie, Skynyrd easily became a sensation in the south, but soon branched out to become a worldwide success. With their three guitar attack and infectious grooves, Skynyrd is often considered the best band ever out of the south by many! So, is this album as good as the hype makes it sound? Read on to find out!

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Sweet Home Alabama- The ultimate Southern Rock anthem, "Sweet Home Alabama" is one of the funkiest, catchiest, and simplest songs ever devised, yet easily one of the greatest. As soon as the opening riff comes out of your speakers, this song grabs you and doesn't let go... just pure brilliance. Everyone likes this song, and if you don't, you're crazy!

I Need You- A slow, soulful ballad that combines slow blues with southern boogie to create another classic. Van Zandt's soft, hushed vocals, backed up by the hypnotizing guitar work, give this song a dreamy mood...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this CD! You can't go wrong with some Lynard Skynard! The classic songs. The lyrics! It's all good!
Published 6 hours ago by Macy721
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic sounds .. !
'Second Helping' could be a double album set of classic Lynyrd Skynyrd music as easily as not .. A terrific compilation of classic sounds.
Published 13 days ago by Old5anDimer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 29 days ago by Gail C
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Helping Hybrid SACD - DSD 2014 $37.28
One of my must haves in my library. This 2 channel stereo (right-left-sub) only 2014 Hybrid SACD is as clean as I have ever heard this Second Helping. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark D Powers
4.0 out of 5 stars Like a mint julep
Southern Rock at its finest. I'd have given this 5 stars but I think the producers just dumped the old tape masters through a DAC and didn't bother to remaster anything. Read more
Published 1 month ago by joemaamah
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
May be their best.
Published 1 month ago by Jerry Wooten
5.0 out of 5 stars While listening to a vinyl edition. I collect vinyl ...
While listening to a vinyl edition.
I collect vinyl and five could not miss this.
I have a website that I comment on vinyl editions:... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Divkloss
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic Skynyrd album
What else is there to say it's classic Skynyrd
Published 2 months ago by DRVDIG
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album. Great mix.
This CD just sparkles. It is a classic collection that has been mixed really well. I am surpised how much I like it.
Published 4 months ago by Nigel
5.0 out of 5 stars This is 'Arguably, of Course' the Best Skynyrd release.
In this author's very humble opinion Second Helping is the best Skynyrd recrod, front to back. Usually critics and fans will argue that their debut is stronger, and whil that... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andrew Rooney
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