Title - 'One More For The Fans' [2CD+1DVD]
Artist - Lynyrd Skynyrd
The Loud & Proud Records team and Lynyrd Skynyrd have enjoyed success together for over 15 years and we are proud to continue the tradition with the release of the 2 CD/DVD Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More For The Fans, a celebration of the band's incredible musical legacy.
On one special night last November 12th, 2014, at a live event headlined by Lynyrd Skynyrd, an extraordinary collection of artists came together at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA to perform the music of Skynyrd, one of the most influential bands of our time. The unique concert featured incredible performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd, including an unforgettable rendition of 'Travelin Man', performed as a duet between Johnny Van Zant and his late brother Ronnie, who appeared via archival video.
As soon as the Van Zant-spoken words "Ya'll ready to have a hell of a night", are spoken, and opener 'Whiskey Rock-A-Roller' is brought forth via the vocals of Randy Houser, you know full well that the party has officially started. The brilliant jam with Robert Randolph and Jimmy Hall on 'You Got That Right' is a true stand out (already) on this incredible triple-packed CD/DVD release. It fairly thunders along, Hall's guitar work outstanding and on fire. Accompanied by Staind's Aaron lewis, a pulsating 'Saturday Night Special' is brought forth next, and sounds as crisp, as perfectly structured now as it ever did.
"It's great to be home" acknowledges Van Zant, before that track is then followed by the blues guitar opening of 'Workin' For MCA,' a blockbuster of a tune backed by Blackberry Smoke. Moving on from that guitar fest we next get 'Don't Ask Me No Questions,' which features the wonderful O.A.R., which in turn is followed by both a blistering 'Gimme Back My Bullets' with Cheap Trick and together with moe. and John Hiatt, a quite mesmerizing slide steel pan guitar version of 'The Ballad Of Curtis Loew. Next up we're informed that Warren Haynes from Gov't Mule is going to sing the next track, a riveting 'Simple Man,' and my goodness, what a version of it he pulls off. "Thank you so much," Haynes says, after the song, "it's an honor to be here and to play one of my favorite songs," he adds, as they then all launch into a barnstorming 'That Smell' - once again bringing Haynes to the musical fore. The slide steel pan guitar comes back out again for the Jamey Johnson-sung 'Four Walls Of Raiford,' it's religious Southern overtones suiting Johnson's vocal tone just perfectly.
The second disc of the two CDs kicks off with the fun, toe-tappin' dueling guitar sounds of 'I Know A Little.' A song that also features Jason Isbell, together with the backing singers attached, it suddenly becomes way more than it ever used to be! 'Hello everybody," Peter Frampton greets the crowd, "How are ya'll doin'?" he adds, before he and the band roll into 'Call Me The Breeze.' "What's your name, baby?" is said, deeply into the microphone as the perfect introduction to the song of the same name from Trace Adkins.
The sing-along 'Down South Jukin', featuring some explosive vocals and guitar playing from both Charlie Daniels and Donnie Van Zant is yet another highlight, but when 'Gimmie Three Steps' lights up with Alabama at its head, well, talk about a genuine showstopping song! That said, the soaring ballad, 'Tuesday's Gone' with Gregg Allman at its helm is a stunning work of music art. Allman was born to sing, perform this role and he takes it all in stride. "Thank you so much. What a great, great night here in Atlanta, Georgia. We love each and every one of you," Johnny Van Zant announces to the packed house. "You're our Skynyrd Nation," he adds, as they launch a funky blues vibe into 'Travelin' Man.' A song that along the way turns into a brilliant blues jam, and complete with a duet between Johnny Van Zant and his late brother Ronnie, who appeared via archival video (which you can catch the WHOLE concert of on the also-included DVD of the show), it's a pure joy to hear the guys come together and sing for their fallen brothers.
After a brief flashback moment of recorded footage with Ronnie Van Zant talking, back in the day, about the music they perform and about how everybody in the country wants to be free, the boys kick start an extended version of their uber hit single, 'Free Bird.' "You all sing along to this last one now and thanks for supporting Lynyrd Skynyrd all these years and let's try and keep the support going for another 40 years or more," Van Zant challenges the crowd, before the last song of the night is performed - a coming together of Skynyrd and the All Star Ensemble on, what else, 'Sweet Home Alabama.'