Lynyrd Skynyrd
Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd



by Zesty Mordant USER (24 Reviews)
May 4th, 2005 | 30 replies

Release Date: 1973 | Tracklist

Artist: Lynyrd Skynyrd
Album: (pronounced leh-nerd skin-nerd)
Producer: Al Kooper
Label: MCA
Release Date: Sept. 1973

#401 on RS' top 500 albums

Lynyrd Skynyrd on this album was:
Ronnie Van Zant- vocals
Gary Rossington- guitar
Allen Collins- guitar
Ed King- guitar, bass
Billy Powell- keyboards
Robert Burns- drums
Leon Wilkinson- bass

Lynyrd Skynyrd probably has to be one of the most misunderstood and neglected american rock bands by critics and music historians alike. this bunch of rowdy floridians formed the band in the early 70s taking the name after their high school football coach, leonard skinner, who demanded that the boys cut their hair, so they did the most rock star thing you could do: switch schools. anyways, the y's were added in the name in tribute to the byrds and the band includes former strawberry alarm clock member, ed king as a bart of their intense southern rock brew that blends soul, country, blues, a little bit of R&B and jazz, into a fiery three-guitar rock approach, which needless to say, just blows you away. combined with Van Zant's confident proto-metal crooning and one hell of a rhythm section, these guys really are one solid, if neglected band.

sadly, these days legend seems to have outgrown the band as supposed "feuds" between the band and neil young branded the band as a bunch of mindless redneck swamptrash hooligans, which really isn't true, sadly enough. that being said, this is the debut from these boys, but the songwriting, the chops, and the emotion in this album would suggest that they were hardline veterans of the studio and road (which was somewhat true given all the playing they've racked up before they managed to record an album).

I Ain't the One - a smooth snare roll and over some studio effects gives way to a sweet bluesy riff that has almost a funk sort of rhythm which progresses in solid 12-bar blues form. after a few short measures of this riff, the guitars kick it out with some stellar leads. the tone and timbre is just smooth as butter, but is still capable of kickin' your *** all over place, especially the solo in the bridge (especially the last little phrase in the end with the doubled guitars). Van Zant's vocals are very energetic and when he hits the refrain, "your talkin' jive woman" you can't help but give way to a gleeful smile. solid and simple rhythmwork and some nicely laid-out piano lines round out a wonderful opener to the album. 5/5

Tuesday's Gone - if your like me, then you probably first heard this song from happy gilmore. the intro is just simply beatiful with the lead suitars weaving between each other nicely over some well-put acoustic strumming until it builds up to a simply orgasmic lead melody full of vibrato, wonderful intonation, and sustain. Van Zant's vocals and lyrics have a very melancholy yet strangely optomistic feel and fits the mood of the song very well. the piano solo in the bridge adds a nice touch of bliss, though i tend to think that Kooper overworks this element with the inclusion of the strings here. this is just simply an awesome little ballad. 4.5/5

Gimme Three Steps - this is probably the song that got me into them. the song kicks in with a cool boogie-like shuffle riff on the guitar that picks up with some fiercely primal drumming and some very melodic and confident bass. another overdriven southern-fried lead enters after a few measures and really adds to the shuffling feel. the vocals are full of character and help establish Van Zant's story of a barroom scuffle very well (a true story in fact) the tripled leads in the bridge is just awesome as well. pure air guitar stuff. 5/5

Simple Man - this has to be my favorite song right now. very somber music, but with a positive, if not yearning message, in the lyrics that centers around some motherly advice to "be a simple man or something that you can love and understand" (this line in particular just grips me in a bizarre way). the guitar riff, with a hint of doubling in the organ, between verses adds nicely to timbre of the song and notions to the explosive and soulful chorus that soon follows. the vocals at this point are just beautiful, in a very strong and masculine sort of way with Van Zant just giving it all. a sweet guitar solo in the bridge as well. this song is a little repetitive but i still love it. 5/5

Things Goin' On - this is a pretty cool song that contains an interesting socio-political message that isn't very common in Skynyrd's catalogue. though most people these are oft to cite their latest single, a pro-war, rally-around-the-flag jingle, in emphasizing their redneck attitudes, this track is in complete opposite, with Van Zant giving a very critical assessment of the Nixon administration back in the day by citing Vietnam, environmental degradation, the waste of $ for the space race, and the quality of inner city living. as for the music itself, the piano dominates this song with a killer barroom melody that rolls up and down the register wonderfully. the guitars are quite sparse, but mesh together nicely and thus gives more rooms for the bass and drums to do their thing and help carry the momentum. 3.5/5

Mississippi Kid - A cool bluesy acoustic track with some wonderful guitar work and Van Zant's stellar crooning. the slide guitar solo in the bridge is very cool and has a strong Allman influence in it by combining delta blues with rock dynamics and tone. the harmonica solo is also quite cool. a very simple and short song that gets straight to the point. 4/5

Poison Whiskey - this song has a cool funky riff characterized by some solid leads and touches of electric organ. this main riff gives the song some heavy momentum that just chugs along like a train and the conductor's strung out on acid. very cool psychedelic guitar solo in the bridge and van zant's vocals are very soulful and solid. awesome piano solo as well. 4/5

Free Bird - well, everyone should know this song. starts off with some wonderful organ and electric slide melody that recalls a very desperate feel as heard in tuesdays gone. the singing is dead on and meshes very nicely with the simple rhythm section and acoustic guitar strumming. this song for me is a little overrated though, but its all about the second half, where the tempo picks up, the dynamics explode- the timbre almost shifts entirely in fact- and its just 4 solid minutes of soloing, courtesy of allen collins. it gets a little repeptitive in places, but some phrasing are just awesome. wonderful work. 5/5

all in all this a highly recommended album. though Kooper's production is a little polished for a band of this nature, the songwriting and playing on this album are just amazing; the melodies, riffs, and solos will stick in your head for days and days. and of course, this is one of the defininte albums that helped define and establish the southern rock genre


recommended tracks:
tuesday's gone
gimme three steps
simple man
i ain't the one
free bird

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May 4th 2005


Great review man, and totally true, these guys are so often overlooked in favour of far less talented groups.

May 6th 2005


Great review. Way too true how underrated Skynyrd is. I guess Van Zant got his wish, "I can see the concrete slowly creepin. Lord, take me and mine before that comes."

Jimi Haze
June 1st 2005


I love pretty much every song on this album , it's one of the best, check out "One more from the Road" live album, old skynyrd at their best!.

Good review by the way :D

July 4th 2005


This cd is awsome Skynyrd is probably one of my favorite bands. I think Tuesdays gone should be a 5 And freebird should be a 10.This Message Edited On 07.04.05

July 5th 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

Great review , its all true and the rating on the songs are about right , Good job

July 5th 2005


This a great rock album, but I still can't help but think that Street Survivors is way better than this.This Message Edited On 07.05.05

August 10th 2005


You're silly.

March 20th 2006


alright, i have a few things you should change for everyone's sake, no nothing about the ratings except for things goin on, cmon man ya def, listen to the intro, but ya the piano does dominate in it, but the guitars are there also you just got to listen. but now
#1- leonard skinner was not there football coach u moron, he was their pe teacher, van zant rossington and bob burns all met at a little league baseball game, they all loved baseball not football where the hell did football come from. van zant hit a home run and as burns and rossington were watching probably glanced away, but the ball hit one of them in the head. and they all just started talking and many bands were formed b4 skynrd but u get the idea.

#2- the y's were added because of legal reasons because they didnt want skinner to sue. but the byrds were one of the bands bigger influences, so i guess it is possible.

#3- neil young and van zant were great friends, neil young even said that he started laughing when he heard the lyrics "
a southern man, dont need him around anyhow" neil young said on camera that he would rather sing sweet home alabama than his own song southern man anyday. van zant wore a neil young shirt in concert every now and then, watch the freebird movie and you can tell where.

#4- and last but not least the intro on freebird is not acoustic buddy, it's an electric.

now you were very coerrect that skynyrd is one of the most overlooked american rock bands of all time. ummm sorry for calling u a moron whoever wrote this. and yes sadly enough i got my first taste of skynyrd from happy gilmore......tuesdays gone also.

p.s. everyone watch the induction of skynyrd and black sabbath into the rock hall of fame on tuesday march 21 st. at 9 o clock. and no i am not a redneck i live in vegas skynyrd is just my favorite band.

April 1st 2006


^ :lol: Gotta love n00bs, with their fiery misspelled posts. They are the core of MX (oshi, Sputnik Music, please don't kill me Jeremy )

I've really wanted to get into Skynyrf but I didn't know what to buy, this will definitely be on my list :thumb:

Drunken Viking
April 2nd 2006


Nice work man, I just realized that Tuesdays Gone is in Dazed and Confused, right after they all get wasted. ":lol:

Zesty Mordant
April 2nd 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, Dazed and confused rules. Espcecially Matthew McConnehay's (sp?) character.

April 2nd 2006


That's the thing I like about high school girls. I keep gettin' older, and they stay the same age.

April 11th 2006


^ :lol:
Anyways, Tuesday's Gone is an awesome song and one of my favorites. and yeah, I first heard it from Happy Gilmore. Good review too.

Digging: Nap Eyes - Thought Rock Fish Scale

June 6th 2006


awesome album

June 22nd 2006


great review btw...Tuesday's Gone derseves a 5/5 though :p but whats interesting 'bout Mississippi Kid is that most of the band members dont even play on it! but like i already said amazing album!!!

June 22nd 2006


to codiak

my album has 13 songs with 5 extra's inluded with the 8 original songs...there's 3 demos of Tuesday's Gone, Gimme Three Steps, Free Bird then the 2 extra additional songs Down South Jukin' and Mr. Banker, you might want to check your cd case or something it should be the same as mine

October 2nd 2006


supposed "feuds" between

Supposed fueds? Have you ever heard the song Sweet Home Alabama?

John Paul Harrison
October 2nd 2006


Was it really a feud?

Or perhaps just a misunderstanding?

Zesty Mordant
October 2nd 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

yeah, and it was a joke. They never actually hated each nor did they ever have a feud. It was largely a media fabrication. I wrote a whole research paper on this for a sociology course last year.This Message Edited On 10.02.06

October 2nd 2006


You crazy fools speak nothing but the truth. I just did a quick search up on google

"Like the Beatles, Neil Young was another guy who helped us get started writing real songs. It was because of his unique style, his chord changes and what his songs expressed - all the shit he did back then. As much as we loved his songs, when he wrote about 'Alabama and bullwhips crackin' ' we had to answer with Seet Home Alabama. We toured all through Alabama for years, and it's pretty country, with plenty of great people. We weren't hanging out in the cities or with the politicians. So, we were just kidding him when we wrote that we didn't need him cuttin' down Alabama. We loved him so it was meant kind of tongue-in-cheek. He immediately sent a telegram to our manager saying he liked the song, which we thought was pretty cool. Then he came onstage in California and actually played the song with us. That was VERY cool."

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