The Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd

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The Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd
Greatest hits album by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Released August 25, 1998
Recorded 1971–1977
Genre Southern rock
Length 2:10:47
Label MCA
Producer Ron O'Brien
Lynyrd Skynyrd chronology
Lynyrd Skynyrd
(1991)
The Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd
(1998)
All Time Greatest Hits
(2000)
Gold
Greatest hits album by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Released August 8, 2006
Label Universal/Geffen
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

The Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd, reissued as Gold, is a two-disc compilation of Lynyrd Skynyrd in the peak years of its classic lineup (1971–1977).

  • In 1998, it was released as The Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd by MCA. This album was certified Gold on 10/15/1999 and Platinum on 7/27/2001 by the RIAA.
  • In 2006, it was re-released as Gold by Geffen (which had absorbed MCA), with identical content and a slightly different cover. This newer version also boasted 24-bit remastering.

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

  1. "Sweet Home Alabama" (Ed King, Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant) – 4:45
  2. "I Ain't the One" (Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant) – 3:54
  3. "Was I Right or Wrong?" (Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant) – 5:24
  4. "Gimme Three Steps" (Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant) – 4:31
  5. "Workin' for MCA" (Ed King, Ronnie Van Zant) – 4:48
  6. "Simple Man" (Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant) – 5:58
  7. "Swamp Music" (Ed King, Ronnie Van Zant) – 3:32
  8. "The Ballad of Curtis Loew" (Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant) – 4:52
  9. "Saturday Night Special" (Ed King, Ronnie Van Zant) – 5:12
  10. "Mr. Banker" (Ed King, Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant) – 5:22
  11. "Comin' Home" (Original Version) (Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant) – 5:30
  12. "Call Me the Breeze" (J.J. Cale) – 5:09
  13. "Free Bird" (Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant) – 9:10

Disc 2[edit]

  1. "What's Your Name?" (Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant) – 3:33
  2. "Whiskey Rock-a-Roller" (Live) (Ed King, Billy Powell, Ronnie Van Zant) – 4:16
  3. "Tuesday's Gone" (Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant) – 7:34
  4. "Double Trouble" (Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant) – 2:50
  5. "I Know a Little" (Steve Gaines) – 3:28
  6. "Four Walls of Raiford" (Undubbed Demo) (Jeff Carlisi, Ronnie Van Zant) – 4:14
  7. "I Never Dreamed" (Steve Gaines, Ronnie Van Zant) – 5:21
  8. "Gimme Back My Bullets" (Live) (Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant) – 3:42
  9. "You Got That Right" (Steve Gaines, Ronnie Van Zant) – 3:47
  10. "All I Can Do Is Write About It" (Acoustic Version) (Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant) – 4:24
  11. "That Smell" (Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant) – 5:51
  12. "Free Bird" (Live)" (Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant) – 13:41

Live Songs[edit]

  • Disc 2, Track 2 recorded 7/7/1976 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA
  • Disc 2, Tracks 8 and 12 recorded 7/8/1976 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA

References[edit]

  1. ^ Koda, Cub (2011). "The Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd - Lynyrd Skynyrd | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom (2011). "Gold - Lynyrd Skynyrd | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 14 August 2011.