Lynyrd Skynyrd – All Time Greatest Hits – CD

Lynyrd Skynyrd – All Time Greatest Hits – CD
(MCA Records / Universal) I must shyly admit to a long-standing fondness for this redneck band. I guess it’s just one of those things that slips under one’s skin and into one’s subconscious and attaches itself. I never bought or owned any of Skynyrd’s material before I received this CD to review, but listening to this compilation, I realized that I knew practically everything on it. This Southern Blues / Rock act was fucking good. They also had a social consciousness; they replied to Neil Young’s protest of the South’s racist tendencies in his song “Southern Man” in their own song, “Sweet Home Alabama”, saying, “Southern man, don’t need him around anyhow”. Any white trash, racist rednecks that listen to Skynyrd obviously aren’t “hearing” it (as Wesley Snipes’ character in the great movie White Men Can’t Jump would have put it). In “That Smell”, they spoke out against the decadence and self-destructiveness of excessive hard drug abuse. There are plenty of their old standards of this disc, and, of course, there’s a great live version of “Freebird”, the song that everyone holds their lighter up for at concerts (whomever’s concert as a joke). So if you’re a closet good ole’ boy, check out this collection! – {Tom CoreKill}
(2001)

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