Second Helping

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Second Helping
SecondHelpingLynyrdSkynyrd.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 15, 1974
RecordedJune 1973 (track 1)
January 1974
StudioStudio One, Doraville, Georgia (track 1)
Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre
Length37:15
Label
  • Sounds of the South
  • MCA
ProducerAl 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 the second studio album by Lynyrd Skynyrd, released April 15, 1974. It featured the band's 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 L.P. was the last to feature Bob Burns on drums.

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

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars link
Robert ChristgauA− link
Rolling Stone(mixed) link

Background[edit]

After the success of debut (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd), Lynyrd Skynyrd's fan base continued to grow rapidly throughout 1973, largely due to their opening slot on the Who's Quadrophenia tour in the United States. Second Helping features King, Collins and Rossington all collaborating with Van Zant on the songwriting, and cemented the band's breakthrough.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Sweet Home Alabama"4:43
2."I Need You"
  • Rossington
  • Van Zant
6:55
3."Don't Ask Me No Questions"
  • Rossington
  • Van Zant
3:29
4."Workin' for MCA"
  • King
  • Van Zant
4:49
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."The Ballad of Curtis Loew"
4:51
6."Swamp Music"
  • King
  • Van Zant
3:31
7."The Needle and the Spoon"
  • Collins
  • Van Zant
3:53
8."Call Me the Breeze"J. J. Cale5:09
1997 CD reissue bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
9."Don't Ask Me No Questions" (Single Version)
  • Rossington
  • Van Zant
3:31
10."Was I Right or Wrong" (Demo)
  • Rossington
  • Van Zant
5:33
11."Take Your Time" (Demo)
  • King
  • Van Zant
7:29
  • Tracks 9-11 are previously unreleased

Personnel[edit]

Lynyrd Skynyrd
Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[2] 12

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.
  2. ^ "Lynyrd Skynyrd Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.