(Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd)

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(Pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd)
Studio album by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Released August 13, 1973
Recorded March 27 - May 1, 1973 at Studio One, Doraville, Georgia
Genre Southern rock, boogie rock, country rock, blues rock, hard rock
Length 43:03
Label Sounds of the South, MCA
Producer Al Kooper
Lynyrd Skynyrd chronology
(Pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd)
(1973)
Second Helping
(1974)
Singles from (Pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd)
  1. "Gimme Three Steps"
    Released: November 1973
  2. "Free Bird"
    Released: November 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A[2]

(Pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd) is the debut album from Lynyrd Skynyrd, released in 1973.[3] The album features several of the band's most well-known songs, including "Gimme Three Steps", "Simple Man", "Tuesday's Gone" and "Free Bird", the latter of which launched the band to national stardom.

Bassist Leon Wilkeson left the band during the album's early recording sessions only playing on two tracks. Strawberry Alarm Clock guitarist Ed King was asked to fill in for Wilkeson on bass during the remaining sessions, as Wilkeson already wrote many of the bass parts. This left Skynyrd with only six official members at the time of the album's release. Not long after, King remained with the band, and was made a member, so that they could replicate the triple-guitar lead during live performances. Wilkeson returned to the band when it was time to take the photo for the album cover and embark on the tour for the album. It was certified gold on December 18, 1974, platinum and 2x platinum on July 21, 1987 by the RIAA. The album also peaked at 27 in the Billboard 200 in 1975.

The album was re-released in 2001 as an expanded version with bonus tracks, including demos of many of the songs on the album.[1]

Cover art[edit]

The men in the photo are all the band members, from left to right: Leon Wilkeson, Billy Powell, Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington (seated), Bob Burns, Allen Collins, and Ed King.

The album cover photograph was taken on Main Street in Jonesboro, Georgia. Coincidentally the photo of the band is only a few feet away, behind the photographer, from what would be the film scene where Burt Reynolds and Jerry Reed loaded the Coors beer onto the tractor trailer rig in the 1977 film Smokey and the Bandit four years later.

Reception[edit]

In 2003, the album was ranked number 401 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and has sold an estimated 2 million units internationally.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Ain't the One"   Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant 3:53
2. "Tuesday's Gone"   Allen Collins, Rossington, Van Zant 7:32
3. "Gimme Three Steps"   Collins, Van Zant 4:30
4. "Simple Man"   Rossington, Van Zant 5:57
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Things Goin' On"   Rossington, Van Zant 5:00
2. "Mississippi Kid"   Al Kooper, Van Zant, Bob Burns 3:56
3. "Poison Whiskey"   Ed King, Van Zant 3:13
4. "Free Bird"   Collins, Van Zant 9:09

Personnel[edit]

Musical
  • Ronnie Van Zant – lead vocals, lyrics
  • Gary Rossington – lead guitar on "Tuesday's Gone", "Gimme Three Steps", "Things Goin' On", "Poison Whiskey", "Simple Man", rhythm guitar on the others, slide guitar on "Free Bird"
  • Allen Collins – lead guitar on "I Ain't The One" & "Free Bird", rhythm guitar on the others
  • Ed King – lead guitar on "Mississippi Kid", bass on all tracks except "Mississippi Kid" and "Tuesday's Gone"
  • Billy Powell – keyboards
  • Bob Burns – drums except on "Tuesday's Gone"
  • Leon Wilkeson – bass for the group up until the album was cut, rejoined shortly thereafter[5]
Additional
  • Al Kooper (Roosevelt Gook) – bass, Mellotron & back-up harmony on "Tuesday's Gone", mandolin & bass drum on "Mississippi Kid", organ on "Simple Man", "Poison Whiskey" & "Free Bird", Mellotron on "Free Bird"
  • Robert Nix – drums on "Tuesday's Gone"
  • Bobbye Hall – percussion on "Gimme Three Steps" & "Things Goin' On"
  • Steve Katz – harmonica on "Mississippi Kid"
Technical
  • Al Kooper – Producer, Engineer
  • Bobby Langford – Engineer
  • Rodney Mills – Engineer
  • Thomas Hill – Photography
  • Michael Diehl – Design
  • Hideki Masubuchi – Liner Notes
  • Chihiro Nozaki – Art Coordination
  • Kenji Saiki – Art Coordination

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "(Pronounced 'leh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd) - Lynyrd Skynyrd | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  2. ^ "CG: Lynyrd Skynyrd". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  3. ^ "Lynyrd Skynyrd". Lynyrd Skynyrd. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  4. ^ "500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Lynyrd Skynyrd, 'Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  5. ^ "Images for Lynyrd Skynyrd - (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-07-14.