Title - 'Sweet Home Alabama at Rockpalast'
Artist - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Let's make no bones about this: Lynyrd Skynyrd are the ultimate Southern Rock band. Full stop. Originally formed in 1964 as My Backyard in Jacksonville, Florida, the band used various names such as The Noble Five and One Percent, before coming up with Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1969.
The band rose to worldwide recognition on the basis of its live performances and signature tunes 'Sweet Home Alabama' and 'Free Bird,' but at the very peak of their success, three band members died in an airplane crash in 1977. This put rather an abrupt end to the band's most popular incarnation, sadly.
Skynyrd's 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. Here on Sweet Home Alabama at Rockpalast, we get a band nearly twenty years on after that horrific plan crash coming together to showcase their finest musical wares.
Having reformed back in 1987, the surviving members brought in Johnny Van Zant to take the place of his brother Ronnie. Ergo, this live concert captures the band still on top form at Rockpalast's Loreley Festival on June 23, 1996.
This incredible 2CD live set is not only a massive tribute to the band who rightfully so, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 13th, 2006, but a flashback to when music was just, well, perfectly rounded, and stunningly simplistic. Sure Skynyrd's fan base continues to grow rapidly even today, here in 2015, but this kind of throwback, laid back music is what Southern Rock was/is all about.
1. 'Workin' For MCA'
2. 'I Ain'tThe 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'
1. 'Sweet Home Alabama'
2. 'Free Bird'
3. 'Workin' For MCA' (Bonus Hamburg 1974)
4. 'Free Bird' (Bonus Hamburg 1974)
5. 'Sweet Home Alabam'a (Bonus Hamburg 1974)
As you can see from the above listings, as a real treat for all Lynyrd Skynyrd fans, Eagle Records have added three (3) bonus tracks from the bands show at the Hamburg Musikhalle on December 5th, 1974. Featuring the original line-up of the band performing their three best known songs, it is a TRUE gem of a find - and a musical cherry on the cake for this double CD release, trust me.