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, 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)

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.

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" (King, Rossington, Van Zant) – 6:55
  3. "Don't Ask Me No Questions" (Rossington, Van Zant) – 3:26
  4. "Workin' for MCA" (King, Van Zant) – 4:49

Side two[edit]

  1. "The Ballad of Curtis Loew" (Allen Collins, Van Zant) – 4:51
  2. "Swamp Music" (King, Van Zant) – 3:31
  3. "The Needle and the Spoon" (Collins, 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) (Rossington, Van Zant) – 3:31
  2. "Was I Right Or Wrong" (Demo) (Rossington, Van Zant) – 5:33
  3. "Take Your Time" (Demo) (Van Zant, King) – 7:29
  • Tracks 9-11 previously unreleased on compact disc.

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.