Second Helping

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Second Helping
Studio album by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Released April 15, 1974
Recorded Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, California, January 1974 (except for track 1, Studio One in Doraville, Georgia, June 1973)
Genre Southern rock, boogie rock, blues rock, country rock, hard rock
Length 37:15
Label MCA
Producer Al Kooper
Lynyrd Skynyrd chronology
(Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd)
(1973)
Second Helping
(1974)
Nuthin' Fancy
(1975)
Singles from Second Helping
  1. "Don't Ask Me No Questions"
    Released: April 1974
  2. "Sweet Home Alabama"
    Released: June 24, 1974

Second Helping is a 1974 album by Lynyrd Skynyrd. It was the band's second album, and featured its biggest hit single, "Sweet Home Alabama", an answer song to Neil Young's "Alabama" and "Southern Man".[1] The song reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in August 1974. This was the first Lynyrd Skynyrd album to feature the band's trademark triple guitar attack and also the first album to feature Ed King on guitar after playing bass on the debut album, Leon Wilkeson on bass and the last to feature Bob Burns on drums.

The album reached #12 on the Billboard album charts. It was certified Gold on 9/20/1974, Platinum and 2x Platinum on 7/21/1987 by the RIAA.

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Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Sweet Home Alabama" (Ed King, Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant) – 4:43
  2. "I Need You" (Ed King, Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant) – 6:55
  3. "Don't Ask Me No Questions" (Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant) – 3:26
  4. "Workin' for MCA" (Ed King, Ronnie Van Zant) – 4:49

Side two[edit]

  1. "The Ballad of Curtis Loew" (Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant) – 4:51
  2. "Swamp Music" (Ed King, Ronnie Van Zant) – 3:31
  3. "The Needle and the Spoon" (Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant) – 3:53
  4. "Call Me the Breeze" (J. J. Cale) – 5:09

1997 CD reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Don't Ask Me No Questions" (Single Version) (Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant) – 3:31
  2. "Was I Right Or Wrong?" (Demo) (Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant) – 5:33
  3. "Take Your Time" (Demo) (Ed King, Ronnie Van Zant) – 7:29
  • Tracks 9-11 previously unreleased

Personnel[edit]

Lynyrd Skynyrd
Additional personnel
  • Mike Porter - drums on "I Need You"
  • Clydie King, Sherlie Matthews - background vocals on "Sweet Home Alabama"
  • Merry Clayton and friends - background vocals on "Sweet Home Alabama"
  • Bobby Keys, Trewor Lawrence and Steve Madiao - horns on "Don't Ask Me No Questions" and "Call Me the Breeze"
  • Al Kooper - backing vocals, piano on "Don't Ask..." & "The Ballad of Curtis Loew", producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Back, Les (2000). "Voices of Hate, Sounds of Hybridity: Black Music and the Complexities of Racism". Black Music Research Journal 20 (2): 142–143.