Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Lynyrd Skynyrd: DoTM

This band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 13, 2006.
In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked them #95 on their list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd

Released in August 1973 by Sounds of the South Records.
Produced by Al Kooper.
Band lineup:
Ronnie Van Zant - vocals; Gary Rossington - guitar; Allen Collins - guitar; Ed King - guitar; Billy Powell - keyboards; Bob Burns - drums; Leon Wilkeson - bass
Tracks: 8
Highlights:
"Tuesdays Gone" "Free Bird" and "Simple Man"

Second Helping
Released in April 1974 by MCA.
Produced by Al Kooper.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 8 (reissued in 1997 with 3 additional tracks)
Highlights:
"Sweet Home Alabama" and "The Ballad of Curtis Loew"

Nuthin Fancy
Released in March 1975 by MCA.
Produced by Al Kooper.
Lineup changes:
Bob Burns was replaced by Artimus Pyle on drums.
Tracks: 8 (reissued in 1999 with 2 additional tracks)
Highlights:
"Saturday Night Special"

Gimme Back My Bullets
Released in February 1976 by MCA.
Produced by Tom Dowd.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 9 (reissued in 1999 with 2 additional tracks and reissued in 2006 with 7 additional tracks).

Street Survivors
Released in October 1977 by MCA.
Produced by Tom Dowd.
Lineup changes:
Steve Gaines replaced Ed King on guitar.
Tracks: 8 (reissued in 2001 with 5 additional tracks)
Highlights:
"What's Your Name?"
Notes:
This was the last album released before the death of singer Robbie Van Zant.

Skynyrd's First and...Last
Compilation album released in September 1978 by MCA.
Tracks: 9
Notes:
This album includes tracks that were previously unreleased.

Legend
Compilation album released in October 1987 by MCA.
Tracks: 9

Southern by the Grace of God
Live album released in March 1988 by MCA.
Tracks: 11

Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991
Released in June 1991 by Atlantic Records.
Band lineup:
Johnny Van Zant - vocals; Gary Rossington - guitar; Ed King - guitar; Randall Hall - guitar; Leon Wilkeson - bass; Billy Powell - keyboard; Artimus Pyle - drums.
Tracks: 11

The Last Rebel
Released in February 1993 by Atlantic.
Produced by Barry Beckett.
Lineup changes:
Artimus Pyle was replaced on drums by Kurt Custer.
Tracks: 10

Twenty
Released in April 1997 by CMC International.
Lineup changes:
Ricky Medlocke replaced Ed King on guitar and Hughie Thomasson replaced Randall Hall on guitar. Kurt Custer was replaced on drums by Owen Hale.
Tracks: 10

Edge of Forever
Released in August 1999 by CMC International.
Lineup changes:
Owen Hale was replaced on drums by Kenny Arnoff.
Tracks: 12

Christmas Time Again
Released in 2000 by MCA.
Lineup changes:
Kenny Arnoff was replaced on drums by Michael Cartellone.

Vicious Cycle
Released in May 2003 by Sanctuary Records.
Produced by Ben Fowler and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Lineup changes:
Leon Wilkeson was replaced on bass by Ean Evans.
Tracks: 15

God and Guns
Released in September 2009 by Roadrunner.
Produced by Bob Marlette.
Lineup changes:
Mark Matejka replaced Hughie Thomasson on guitar and Robert Kearns replaced Ean Evans on bass. Peter Keys was added as a 2nd keyboardist.
Tracks: 12 (a special 2-cd edition was also released which added 6 additional tracks).
Notes:
This album reached #18 on the Billboard 200.

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