Great Rock Albums of the 70s: Lynyrd Skynyrd- One More From the Road
Throughout the years, there have been many great, good and not so good live albums. I’ve already mentioned one on here, Bob Dylan, “Hard Rain” and you can be sure that I will post many more in the future. However, one live album that really does it for me is this one, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “One More From the Road.” This is probably my favourite live album of all time, although it gets pretty stiff competition fom Black Sabbath’s “Live Evil” album, which I will be featuring further on in the future.
Lynyrd Skynyrd were the second (the Allman Brothers were the first) of a string of great bands which came out of the Jacksonville Florida area in the 1970s and early 80s. In their heyday between 1973 and 1977, the year of their tragic plane crash, they defined the genre that we now know today as Southern Rock. During this time, Skynyrd put out a string of classic studio albums which brought Southern rock to appreciative Northern ears like mine and established them as one of the great bands of the time. In fact, as I write this, I am asking myself why they weren’t included as one of the great metal influences, because some Southern metal bands can site Skynyrd as a big influence.
It’s not just because “One More From the Road” is live being the reason I am posting it. The fact that on the album, they take many of the great songs they had put out and improve them to an even higher plane. A classic example is the legendary song “Freebird.” The studio version from the first album was good, but on the live album there is great additions such as the piano intro by Billy Powell and the three guitars coming together for the grand finale at the very end. This is why the live version of “Freebird” is more loved than the original.
1. Working for the MCA
2. I Ain’t the One
4. Tuesday’s Gone
5. Saturday Night Special
6. Travelling Man
7. Whiskey Rock And Roller
8. Sweet Home Alabama
9. Give Me Three Steps
10. Call Me the Breeze
11. T for Texas
12. The Needle and the Spoon
Ronnie Van Zant- vocals
Gary Rossington- guitar
Allen Collins- guitar
Steve Gaines- guitar
Leon Wilkeson- bass
Billy Powell- piano, keyboards
Artimus Pyle- drums
For me, this is a great, classic live album and it was what put me on the road to the music I would later come to know and love as heavy metal. This album alone helped put the music scene of Jacksonville Florida on the map.
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