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Skynyrd's First: The Complete Muscle Shoals Album [Original recording remastered]

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  • Audio CD (November 17, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B00000DI0H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,670 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Nine of the 17 tracks on this historical curio surfaced on the 1978 LP Skynyrd's First and... Last, but more than a quarter of a century passed between the 1971/'72 sessions that produced these germinating tracks and their full appearance. Skynyrd's First: The Muscle Shoals Album documents a group of young musicians finding their footing, but by no means is it an amateurish affair. While ongoing personnel shifts are in evidence (only Ronnie Van Zant, Albert Collins, and Gary Rossington from the classic lineup appear throughout), the playing and writing is surprisingly tight. It's easy to see why veteran session man Jimmy Johnson, the producer of the sessions, insisted: "I had never heard a band that were that well rehearsed and had their songs together." The excellent liner notes make this package all the more appealing to Lynyrd loyalists. --Steven Stolder

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A nine-song sampling from Skynyrd's first-ever recordings-made at Muscle Shoals in 1970-was released as Lynyrd Skynyrd's First and Last in '78. That went platinum, but this release is nearly twice as important-all 17 songs from the original Muscle Shoals sessions! Includes the previously unreleased original versions of Free Bird; I Ain't the One; Simple Man , and Wino , plus two never-released Skynyrd songs and more original recordings. This is their true debut album, complete for the first time.

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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars COMPLETE? NOT REALLY. September 16, 2001
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Now before I get the awkward eye from alot of viewers, this isn't Lynyrd Skynyrd's entire Muscle Shoals recordings. To get that you must also get The Best of The Rest, which has 2 more MS recordings not released anywhere else. Those songs are Gotta Go and I've Been Your Fool. That then is complete. As for what's on here, this is the motherlode of Skynyrd pre-Pronounced days. Awesome renditions of Simple Man, Thing's Goin' On, One More Time, and Gimme Three Steps. All better and superior versions than what would later end up on offical Skynyrd releases. Was I Right or Wrong, Wino, Comin' Home, and The Seasons are also excellent displays of Skynyrd's fine songwriting. But the truly amazing recording is without a doubt, Free Bird. Much different than the one recorded later on Pronounced, it is truly awesome and powerful. Any fan of Skynyrd, who has not gotten this, must buy it now as it is like getting a new studio album from the Ronnie Van Zant era 22 years later. Fly on...
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Careful! October 19, 2001
Format:Audio CD
It doesn't matter what you think you know about Lynyrd Skynyrd.
It doesn't matter what you think you know about Southern Rock.
It doesn't matter what you think you know about music at all.
You have NEVER heard anything this amazing!
Sure, the sound quality is a little lacking, and the instrumentals aren't quite as perfect as they became later, but this album is still quite possibly the greatest album ever made. If possible, I'd give it 10 stars. It deserves it. When I heard this CD for the first time, it was on my car CD player. Free Bird started and I thought that it sounded pretty good. Then Ronnie started singing. I literally had to pull my car over to the side of the road to keep from losing control and wrecking. I was so stunned by the beauty of his voice. I opened my mouth to speak, but words wouldn't come out. I gasped out loud. Then, a few seconds later, I gasped again. It actually brought tears to my eyes. I'm not embellishing. This is Ronnie before all the late nights and the drinking and the drugs. Pure, unspoiled Ronnie Van Zant. Absolutely amazing.
The rest of the band is great too. It's a raw sort of sound that really reveals a lot of Skynyrd's character. The grittiness that they made famous is expanded here and it's incredible. But I must digress, Ronnie steals the show. He was always great, but here he's really great. Imagine the most beautiful star in the night sky. Now imagine that for one brief moment, all the clouds are lifted and it shines ten times as bright. You can't take your eyes off it. That star is Ronnie and the cloudless night is this album.
And so, I ask that everyone listening to this CD to be careful.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best CD's I've heard July 17, 2000
By Brian
Format:Audio CD
If you don't have this buy this.This is Skynyrd's first album, and it sounds so cocky as if they knew what they were going to be. This is the album the last verse of "Sweet Home Alabama" was about.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Knew July 22, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've known about this album for years.
I'm a true and avid Skynyrd fan.
Doesn't suprise me that MCA had them pull it and save the music for later albums.
I had a vinyl copy back in the early '70's and had long since been lost.
Just to see Ricky Medlock (Blackfoot frontman)on the cover brought me back YEARS! Medlock by the way was Skynyrds original drummer.
It wasn't till a friend who leads in a Skynyrd Tribute band came up to me with the cassette he bought and told me it had been rereleased.
I urge EVERYONE who enjoys even a little Skynyrd to buy this cd. (you can't get it all on kazaa, i tried) :)
This album above all is the true Skynyrd music w/o corporate backing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Although I have been a "die-hard", loyal, Skynryd fan, ever since they came out, back in the early 1970's, I had the impression that this "First" Album, would be kind of "amateur-ist", and "raw & unpolished". I have every album they have realeased, from "Pronounced" to "God + Guns". Anyway, I got to looking at this one, and saw it was the "complete", 17 track, first album recorded by Skynyrd, so I finally bought one. Wow, I was surprised, it is not "amateur-ist", raw, or unpolished at all. All those years/months spent at the "hell house" writing songs, and praticing had really payed off. This is a Great Album CD!!! The liner notes give a great history of this recording session, and it includes some photos, taken at Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

At this time, Rickey Medlocke (Founding Member & Former Lead Singer of Blackfoot), was a member of Skynyrd, and also Bob Burns (Their Original Drummer) was a band member.

On this cd, Rickey Medlocke sings lead vocals on the songs: "The Seasons", "You Run Around",and "Ain't Too Proud to Pray".

Rickey Medlocke rejoined Skynyrd again back around 1997, when Skynyrd recruited him as a guitar player, for their album, entitled "Twenty", to commenorate the 20th anniversary of the Original Lynyrd Skynryd Band's plane crash, that killed Founding Member, Singer-Songwriter, Ronnie Van Zant, Guitar player Steve Gaines, and back-up singer Cassie Gaines, and road manager Dean Kilpatrick. Rickey is still with Lynyrd Skynyrd today.

Although most of these songs were written by the late/great Ronnie, Ed King,Gary Rossington, & the late/great Allen Collins, some of these songs were actually written by Rickey Medlocke. Some were co-written by Rickey & Ronnie. Plus, you get Greg T.
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Published 4 days ago by JAMES FAUCHER
5.0 out of 5 stars ... I had to get this cd it is a great find of a wonderful
I am not a rock fan but after seeing the Muscle Shoals PBS special I had to get this cd it is a great find of a wonderful band
Published 15 days ago by Judith A Cools
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Last song skipped every play & had to return. Still waiting for a refund.
Published 20 days ago by Steve Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a great gem hidden away far too long. Saw them at Wannee this year. American classic
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Published 1 month ago by Keith Kramer
5.0 out of 5 stars Take the trip
It's hard to describe what I feel, listening to this album, but I'll try. It's like tasting pure food, no additives or preservatives. Tomatoes straight off the vine. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jenpnc
4.0 out of 5 stars This just sounds right!
I have a few of their compilations but this one sounds like I remember them when they first came out. Read more
Published 2 months ago by HHA
5.0 out of 5 stars early recordings of a great band.
Most of this was released as 'first and last' and all of it was very early recordings of the band as they learn the craft of recording. This is not the bands best of course. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Dobey
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Like They Said
I have the boxed set, and that has done me fine for over a decade. One reviewer asked to listen closely o the passion in a young Ronnie's voice, and I did. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Frank J. Altschul
2.0 out of 5 stars sounds like any other half rate band which they were not
After watching the Muscle Shoals documentary I was eager to seek these tracks out hoping for a long lost classic. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tiny tunes
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It is in fact Rick Medlocke of Blackfoot fame. He was invited by Ronnie to do some tunes during these sessions. He even sings on some of them too. Even Greg Walker (also of Blackfoot) was involved in these sessions on bass as well. But Bob Burns plays the majority of the tracks here.
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