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is the debut album from (Pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd) Lynyrd Skynyrd, released in 1973. The album features several of the band's most well-known songs, including " [2 ] Gimme Three Steps", " Simple Man", " Tuesday's Gone" and " Free Bird", the latter of which launched the band to national stardom.
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 was re-released in 2001 as an expanded version with bonus tracks, including demos of many of the songs on the album.
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. [3 ]
Track listing [ edit ]
Mr. Banker" (Demo) King, Rossington, Van Zant
"Down South Jukin"
(Demo) Rossington, Van Zant
(Demo) Collins, Rossington, Van Zant
"Gimme Three Steps"
(Demo) Collins, Van Zant
(Demo) Collins, Van Zant
Personnel [ edit ]
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 [4 ]
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"
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 ]