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(Pronounced 'Leh-'Nérd 'Skin-'Nérd)

Lynyrd Skynyrd

1973

(Pronounced 'Leh-'Nérd 'Skin-'Nérd)

Album Summary

(Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd) is the debut album by American rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, released in 1973. Several of the album's songs remain among the band's most well-known: "Gimme Three Steps", "Simple Man", "Tuesday's Gone", and "Free Bird", the last of which launched the band to national stardom. The album was certified gold on December 18, 1974, and double platinum on July 21, 1987, by the RIAA. It peaked at 27 on the Billboard 200 in 1975.

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Rating

3.72

Votes

4073

Genres

  • Hard Rock
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5

I mean, "Tuesday's Gone," "Gimme Three Steps," "Simple Man," and "Free Bird" all on the same album. How you gonna argue with that? I almost gave this a 4 but I couldn't actually come up with anything wrong with the album especially given the release date. I sometimes find myself a bit put off by Van Zant's penchant for socio-political posturing but, for 1973, several of these songs are super pointed and progressive. That's worth a star.

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5

Come on. This is such a great album. Half of the songs are all time classics. Tuesday, 3 Steps, Simple Man, Free Bird. There's only 8 songs on the album and four of them are not just classic, but all time classics. What a great album!

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4

Giving this a 4 because the first half of the album is much better than the last (save Free Bird), but this is still phenomenal, especially for a debut album. Love the blues elements and even the country twang Already Saved: Free Bird Saved After Listening: Tuesday's Gone, Simple Man

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5

Why would I need a Greatest Hits album? This exists. Only truly "weak" spot is "Poison Whiskey," but then "Freebird" comes right after that and southern rock nirvana is achieved, so it balances out.

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5

I remember the first time my dad put this album on. We were at my grandparents house one sunday while they were installing a ceiling fan in and other stuff. I was 10 at the time, and man, this album had me moving my head and hadn't heard anything like this before. Now, I was used to rock, we'd listen to CCR, Sabbath, The Beatles etc, but this southern rock was something else, man. Listening to "Gimme Three Steps" still takes me back to sitting in that wicker chair and grooving, and my little mind being blown....and subsequently kinda bored after a while with "Freebird" but still, lol. every damn song is perfect on the album, no notes!

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5

Rock & roll de la vieja escuela.

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4

Gritty, raw, and delightful

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4

Love Tuesdays Gone thanks to Happy Gilmore. Likewise Free Bird which was the perfect soundtrack for running over prostitutes on GTA

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4

Lynyrd Skynyrd were at the top of their game when they released their debut album. Excellent songwriting, perfected tone, and THE GUITARS! Oh man, this is guitar heaven. Can't call yourself a fan of rock until you've heard Skynyrd absolutely tear it up. Good album.

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4

Tuesday's Gone is an excellent ballad. You have to be very confident with your soloing to put a guitar solo before the first verse. The solo after the first verse is also mighty fine as are the good 'ole boys' southern rock harmonies. Things Going On is quite clearly an anti-segregation song. This is interesting given that one of the band's slightly more popular songs led to allegations that Ronnie was pro Wallace. Some of the "filler"on side 2 is really quite good. The Mississippi blues song Mississippi Kid shows their prowess with the broken coke bottle and the anti-alcohol song Poison Whisky has is also an excellent jam. Free Bird is the best song in the album and the band's second best song overall - next to that tune about folks in Birmingham loving Wallace.

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4

Ah, brings back so many fond memories with my mildly racist father. I don't really support the band anymore, but the nostalgia here hits oh so hard.

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3

Good old Southern Boogie Woogie. Not something I'd listen to again though. However, I'm sure I'll hear Free Bird another 10,000 times in my lifetime.

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2

I kept asking for them to play 'free bird' and then they did.

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5

Kyllä nää kundit vaan osas musaa tehdä. Ehdottomasti timanttia ja tähtikaartia.

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5

Aivan loistava levy! Lepposa meno ja kokonaisuuteen ei mahdu ensimmäistäkään täytebiisiä, joten tästä suunnasta uran ensimmäinen 5*! PERKELE!!!

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5

Cuando terminé la primera vuelta del disco estaba pensando en razones válidas para no darle las 5 estrellas y no encontré ni media. Las tonadas son pegajosas y van perfecto con el acento y estilo de cantar. Las armonías muy tradicionales pero (como la buena piedra) nunca fallan. Y la guitarra es la cereza gigante en el pastel. Quizá lo único minúsculamente difícil que le veo es que todas las canciones son muy largas (lo cual seguro fue problema en su época para poderlas poner en el radio comercial) pero no es algo que me moleste.

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5

Otra banda que por lo menos con este disco van a ser difíciles de autosuperarse, Rock Folk sureño de alto octanage y calidad. Simple kind of man es mi favorita y el demo de free bird me gustó mucho también. Ha de ver sido maravillosos verlos tocar en vivo. Todo se escucha bien y en su lugar, no hay fallas.

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5

Es curioso cómo hay ciertos álbumes que se escuchan mejor con audífonos, mientras que otros se escuchan mejor en bocinas. Este es uno de los del primer tipo. Debo reconocer que le di una “tercera” oportunidad a este disco, después de leer las opiniones de los demás en el grupo, y no me arrepiento. Fuera de Free Bird, su discografía y estilo me eran desconocidos, y la primera vez que lo escuché (en bocinas) me pareció muy tipo country. Para la tercera ocasión (ya con audífonos) me llamó la atención que las melodías me resultaban familiares, casi conocidas, además de que me permitió apreciar lo impecable de la ejecución. Musicalmente, varias cosas me llaman la atención del álbum: por una parte integran la esencia del folk, pero sin ese efecto depresivo medio “de hueva” que generalmente tiene el folk (si, me refiero a ti Bob Dylan), con una vibra muy similar a la que tiene Kings of Leon en sus dos primeros discos. Por otra parte está la influencia “sureña” en su letra, reflejada en algunas referencias religiosas. El último aspecto, y a mi gusto el más notable, es la capacidad para hacer canciones verdaderamente épicas. Free Bird dura más de nueve minutos, y a pesar de tener una letra melancólica, la canción es poderosa y energética, sin un segundo de desperdicio, con un puente musical donde cada compás es único a pesar de ser una iteración de la misma base. Así se podría hablar de otras canciones del disco, pero esta es más o menos la esencia.

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5

I'm not necessarily the biggest LS fan in the world, but this is the best album with the most iconic songs I have listened to so far.

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5

What needs to be said about Skynyrd.

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5

De las bandas que creo que todo el mundo debería conocer y de las carreras que me hubiera gustado que no se interrumpieran, el disco debut es excelente por decir lo menos. Letras claras, le suben y bajan al acelerador cuando y como quieren. Los riffs son excelentes y tienen el talento para meter una canción de 7 minutos y otra de 9, que de cualquier forma no quieres que terminen. Hay que hacerles caso, no beber Etiqueta Roja, mejor tomar Jack. Songs; Free Bird, Tuesday's Gone, Gimme Three Steps, Simple Man, Poison Whiskey

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5

Voy a dejar política y a la audiencia del género del rock sureño muy aparte, creo que no es parte del ejercicio y quizá merezcan una discusión propia en otro lugar y momento. Solo mencionaré rápido que no pienso que Lynyrd Skynyrd sean racistas, no se les debería definir por su audiencia y el grito de "Freebird!" es quizá la cosa más imbécil del mundo que justamente resume el problema de su audiencia y cómo se percibe mucho al género. Quizá el disco que realmente da inicio al sonido del rock sureño; si bien ya existían los Allman Brothers su sonido era mucho más melódico y aquí es cuando en realidad se puede sentir un sonido rock en forma. Pareciera que es disco de éxitos, al menos 4 de 8 canciones son íconos del género y conocidas por casi cualquiera (¿qué faltaría aquí? Sweet Home Alabama quizá y en realidad incluso es de menos calidad que este disco). Esto no es casualidad, aunque es un disco debut estamos hablando de una banda que llevaba 10 años trabajando, afinando sus canciones y trabajando como locos; una banda liderada por una persona casi genio que exigía perfección, le gustaba demasiado el alcohol y era propenso a la violencia. No hay duda que trabajar con Ronnie Van Zant no era fácil (por ahí está la historia de que algunos de sus compañeros en realidad se terminaron sintiendo aliviados cuando murió en el avionazo) pero el resultado es innegablemente brillante en cuanto a la música. Country rock de verdad que suena a country y a rock, blues y hard rock todo mezclado golpeando con tres guitarras a la vez. Crearon un sonido inmediatamente distinguible y que hoy en día se sigue copiando e influenciando a infinidad de bandas. De verdad buscaba algo malo que decir del disco, quizá podría decir que Freebird tiene una letra trillada y medio torpe pero en realidad ni a eso le puedo achacar, musicalmente explota a tal grado y es una obra de arte. No hay canción del disco que no me gustara, se nota en todo lo meticuloso de su creación, cada nota está en su lugar, no está improvisado y es el resultado de infinidad de horas y horas de trabajo duro. Gran gran disco.

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5

Loved this! Just some rock n roll music. Great stuff.

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5

Awesome

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5

Awesome. One of the best albums ever.

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5

classic

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5

About as perfect an A-side as you can have... oh and then there's Freebird!

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5

Bra skit!

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5

Had never heard this album all the way through. Then hearing all the classics as well as the amazing songs in between, this is absolutely a top classic of all time that everyone should hear.

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5

Escutei a primeira vez por causa da música Simple Man, então descobrir que o álbum ainda tinha Tuesday's Gone e Free Bird.

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5

I had never heard this album all the way through but, like everyone I guess, I know all the hits and they're all on this album. The songs I hadn't heard still felt familiar. Great album

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5

Great classic rock n roll songs very funny great reefs perfect for go to work pegajoso

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5

Quintessential blues rock. If I were to show classic rock to aliens, this would probably be the top candidate. It's loud and energetic with both short hard songs and longer softer songs. And it swaps between short then long back to short and so forth to not get tiring. Now usually I'd get bored with such long songs, but if you listen to "Tuesday's Gone", the instruments vary so often throughout the song, taking turns with leads. Just start listening from the piano solo to hear what I mean. It also has a different drum sound from the other songs. "Gimme Three Steps" sounds like their later song "What's your name" but since it's not the same album it doesn't count. Each song is distinctive and inviting with catchy tunes and poppy lyrics, and the back vocals during the choruses help audience participation. With the 2nd side you can actually convince someone why it's called "blues" rock but a lot of people can get bored by it. I still think they're strong tracks. Love that old-timey piano solo in "Things goin on". Also "Mississippi Kid" gets bonus points for me just so happening to be passing through Mississippi from Memphis to New Orleans, visiting the Delta Blues Museum. "Poison Whiskey", especially the solos, does sound lazier and uninnovative than the other tracks, but I do sorta like that hard piano sound. And finally there's the most famous rock song of all time "Free Bird". I don't have much to say other than what I aready said. Great song, and the length does not hinder it. Love when it goes higher pace around 4:35. I will comment is that the ending felt anticlimatic. Overall fantastic influential album that define the era, with bangers all throughout. Despite the flaws, I still believe it deserves the 5 stars.

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5

Aside from the 9 minute epic, there’s still a ton of solid stuff on this album, it’s probably their album with their most well known stuff on it.

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5

Classic rock is classic, but Free Bird alone is worth 10 stars.

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5

album full of classic rock hits

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5

Pretty great.

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5

Unbelievably good, one of the best guitar albums

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5

And absolute classic and probably their best album.

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5

Corr, these guys have learned their scales. Fantastic album Freebird will never not fill me with nostalgia for GTA San Andreas.

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5

Classic country rock! Best around for sure

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5

9/10. Monster Album

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5

jo de már unom

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5

The only thing wrong with this album is that they got their own phonetic spelling wrong. Best track: Tuesday's Gone

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5

Just some extremely solid, country-fried rock and roll. No real misses on this record. "Simple Man" is one of the best ballads ever written, and despite the pseudo-meme status of "Free Bird", it still kicks so much ass. Favorite tracks: "Simple Man", "Free Bird", "I Ain't the One"

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5

This debut album from Lynyrd Skynyrd packs in four songs I was familiar with and already liked - “Tuesday’s Gone,” “Gimme Three Steps,” “Simple Man” and “Free Bird”. I hadn’t listened to these in a while, but they sound as great as ever. As for the rest of the album: The opening track “I Ain’t The One” sees the singer abandoning the mother of his child using a lot of questionable terms of… endearment? Maybe not something one might write today. The incredibly jaunty but lyrically pointed “Things Goin’ On” takes on the subject of poverty and the environment and is very relevant still today. The song is great. Then the singer in “Mississippi Kid” heads to Alabama with his gun to fetch his woman and kill anyone who might cause him trouble. Not the most positive view of Mississippi I guess. And my least favorite song. “Poison Whiskey” is some pretty great 70s music, strong on guitars and organs. Loved this song about the perils of rotgut whiskey. This album version of “Free Bird” has an organ opening that I think is often not heard on the radio cuts. Man this song is incredible. It could earn this album a 5 on its own, but fortunately it doesn’t have to. An incredible debut from an incredible band.

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5

There are a few reasons I may not have given Lynyrd Skynyrd much of a chance before, but I really did love all the music on this album. I love the rock/folk/blues/country feel of it. Mandolins and funky keyboards and the first time I was compelled during this project to air guitar. I really didn't expect to gush about this album, but I have to say there wasn't a song I didn't enjoy, as well as the unexpected variety of sounds going from song to song. I think seeing "Free Bird" performed live in concert must truly have been the most amazing experience, as the legends say. I like to imagine that while I listen. (I've complained about long songs before, but I've listened to this one four times today. It doesn't feel like nine minutes!)

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5

Històricament sempre havia preferit 'Second Helping', imagino que per la inclusió de 'Sweet Home Alabama', primer tema que vaig conèixer d'ells. Amb el temps, però, aquest disc de debut s'ha anat reivindicant i ja no només és per mi el millor disc de la banda, sinó un dels millors discos de debut de la història. Cada cançó és un monument en si mateixa. 'Tuesday's Gone', 'Simple Man' o 'Gimme Three Steps' sobresurten de primeres, merescudament... però amb el temps un acaba meravellant-se amb els riffs de 'I Ain't the One', el ritme del delta sureny pantanós a 'Poison Whiskey' o 'Things Goin' On' o la divertida 'Mississippi Kid'. 'Free Bird' mereix menció apart és clar; poca cosa a dir d'aquesta bogeria de tema, candidat a encapçalar rankings de millors cançons de rock de tots els temps

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5

A stone cold classic of Southern Rock. You don't have to have a redneck to be able to rock out to these songs. There's a mix of FM classics, blues, riffs and honky tonk. Get tuning that air guitar. Best Tracks: Simple Man; Things Goin' On; Free Bird

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5

The southern rock magnum opus. And it’s a debut album! Tuesday’s Gone, Free Bird, and Simple Man existing together on the same album blows my mind. I fucking love it.

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5

I've never heard a Lynyrd Skynyrd album all the way through. So glad that has changed. This is a great album, it jus keeps rocking and rambling. There's not a bad track here.

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5

I Ain't The One has a surprising intro and sound. The rest of the album is classic. Amazing debut.

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5

Enjoyed this one!

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5

Tuesday's Gone, Simple Man - what's not to like. And then FREE BIRD!!!!!

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5

Fantastic album. Front to back amazing blues rock. Great vibes. Have heard all the singles and the other songs are just as good

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5

Really good. Somehow never heard this before. Makes me want to retroactively rate a couple of 4s I gave into 3s.

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5

okay

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5

awesome

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5

authentic rock

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5

Lean and mean. Southern rock that really rocks. It's been probably 10 years or more since I've played this album all the way through. I forgot just how good it is. I almost went for a 4 but I mean, come on. An album this great is a rare thing. Several of these songs get heavy rotation on classic rock radio, to the point where you don't really want to hear them. But you really need to listen to these songs together as an album to appreciate how Lynyrd Skynyrd really was on to something special musically. Nobody sounded quite like this when they came out. And there have been so many imitators to this sound over the years. It all falls flat when compared to the original. Skynyrd pulls on a lot of musical threads that were around in the early seventies - blues, rock, country. They take those threads and turn them into something distinctively theirs. It's a heavier and bluesier than a lot of their contemporaries, but also with a soulfulness and heart that's unexpected. Only the Stones and the Allmans were able to navigate such varied waters so effortlessly. These are all strong tracks, and a lot of fun to listen to. Fave Songs: Gimme Three Steps, I Ain't the One, Simple Man, Things Goin' On, Mississippi Kid, Poison Whiskey

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5

An absolute classic.

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5

I was very surprised at what a solid record this one.

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5

Ronnie Van Zant is my spirit animal. Tuesday's Gone, Gimme Three Steps, Free Bird and Simple Man are must listens. The other 4 songs grow on you with each listen. Can't believe producer, Al Kooper wanted to leave Simple Man off of the album.

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5

-"I Ain't The One" has cool reversed cymbals, and a great bass to go along with all the guitar jamming -I like "Tuesday's Gone" in the same way I like most ballads, which is that it's fine. -"Gimme Three Steps" is incredibly catchy and also has great bass backing up the shredding guitar -"Simple Man" is very anthemic. It's relatively simple riffs just ring out with power -That's a big old honkin' bass riff at the start of "Things Goin' On." I also really like the ragtime-esque piano. -"Mississippi Kid" is probably my least favorite on the album. Just kinda mellow. -"Poison Whiskey is a solid groove of a song, with all the bits have been cited for the previous songs, ie solid guitar riffs, great bass and drums, and nice piano jams to go along with it -"Free Bird" is obviously an absolutely epic song. The song starts mellow and increases in intensity at a gradual, but not snail-like pace, and then the guitar solo/band jam totally rips. I think the solo is hugely aided by the rest of the band playing along and supporting, making the whole solo more epic than if it were left as pure guitar. I especially love the drum accents in between guitar riffs.

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5

Finest guitar-driven southern rock. The only song I new so far was the fantastic Free Bird, but the entire album is just highest quality rock.

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5

Free Bird! Ok, now that that's out of the way... Side 1 is PERFECT. Four amazing songs in a row. Tuesday's Gone, Gimme Three Steps, and Simple Man are all stone-cold classics. I didn't know "I Ain't the One" but it absolutely rocks. Love the guitar solo in the middle. The first three songs on Side 2 are not nearly as perfect. All of them are good (my favorite of the three is Poison Whiskey), but it's not at the level of the four songs on Side 1. BUT, then we have Free Bird, which really is one of the greatest rock songs ever (with one of the best guitar solos (plural) ever), so Side 2 averages out to amazing anyway. Between a perfect Side 1 and an amazing Side 2 (thanks to Free Bird), this album is a clear 5.

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5

I never really listened to Skynyrd though I liked songs here and there. A few of those songs are on here. This album was an education. As I listened to the opener I Ain't the One, I thought "Yep, there's the good guitarwork they're known for. Oh, and a second harmonized guitar. Very nice. Wait what? A third lead guitar. Holy shit." I did not know about the Three Guitar Army, until I read up on who all the musicians were. So that was already changing my opinion in a good way. Gimme Three Steps is probably my favorite track of theirs - no, it's not overly complicated but the combination of thumping beats and cheeky lyrics/vocals ("I said Excuuuse me") always hooked me. As much as Freebird and Simple Man get played a lot, they are very good. I'm not going to go ga-ga over either like some, but the lyrics and the sad melody tug at you just enough (and of course there are good guitar licks). Still, I prefer the sweeping beauty of Tuesday's Gone. This album is at least a 4 but if I gave the Black Crowes' southern rock debut a 5 I gotta give Skynyrd's southern rock debut the same.

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5

You know, I don't support the use of the Confederate Flag, but this album is amazing. That's all I have to say.

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5

This album is so fucking good. And it's not JUST because of Free Bird (an undeniably excellent track), but because the whole album is full of shredding Southern rock. This album is the American South's Dark Side of the Moon. No skips, it really is that good. Like a truly good Southern album it's a rambling journey of great storytelling.

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5

Great album. 5 stars

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5

Astonished by how much I enjoyed this, it was never not interesting. Still not sure if they're racist though.

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5

Such a great album. True classic

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5

Growing up in the South, I heard this so much that I was sick of it. Only recently could I appreciate this again.

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5

Fantastic!

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5

Absolute knockout album from start to finish. The first four tracks are all instant classics, and while the second half slows down slightly, it finishes right up at that high again with Free Bird.

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5

Very good album.

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5

What an album! An absolute masterpiece. Banger after banger with guitar mixes in every song.

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5

A beautiful example of southern rock. Lynyrd Skynyrd has an incredibly focused musical identity as a band and I really like their no-frills approach to rock and roll. The songs are authentic, the band is strong, and the music just feels good. (Note these guys were actually progressives and the the band's image got distorted by those who survived the infamous plane crash). Finally, FREEEEEBIRRRRDDDD!!!! As much as it has become a joke to yell at encores, this song and the guitar solos at the end are just phenomenal with each measure elevating the guitar parts further into the stratosphere.

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5

A foundation of the wave of southern rock to come in this decade. Didn’t realize there were so many hits on their first album.

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5

This album is incredible. Every song on it is dope. I am very familiar with this album and I don’t think it’s too much to say it’s the quintessential Skynyrd. Most of their best songs are on this. It’s sick. Highlights besides the obvious Freebird are Gimme Three Steps and Simple Man. R.I.P. Ronnie your legacy will live on through your art for generations to come

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5

My luck at the moment with this must be fanatical. Three fives in a row. While the first half is easily stronger than the second, I liked every single song on this. Didn't feel overly long or tired, and apart from Mississippi Kid and Poison Whiskey, every song felt essential. You have the classic guitar request of Free Bird (great closer btw), some quality ballads in Tuesday's Gone and Simple Man, and some fun rockers with I Ain't the One and Gimme Three Steps. Overall a very enjoyable album.

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5

I really want to not like this but is really a five star album. Pretty dang solid through out. I might be genetically programmed to like this music. Watched a lot people my parents’ age get stoned to this, have cookouts with this album on, play Free Bird and divorce each other and cry. Sigh. Like it or not a cultural touch stone.

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5

"Cold Cuts" is the episode of The Sopranos where Carmella Soprano and Rosalie Aprile take a girls trip to Paris. While his wife is away, Tony gets himself a blow job while driving his SUV. When he's done, his favorite radio station plays "Simple Man", which is the last song on Side 1 of this album. Nothing on The Sopranos ever happened by accident, and there was almost always a meaning behind every needle drop. No one made a blow job face quite like the great James Gandolfini, just like no television program or movie did needle drops like The Sopranos. And no band epitomized southern rock like Lynyrd Skynyrd. I think about that scene every time I hear "Simple Man", which is one of the four classic songs on this album everyone knows by heart. Those 4 songs are so ubiquitous, especially "Free Bird", the "Stairway To Heaven" of southern rock. I miss James Gandolfini. And I miss what this band could have been before that fucking plane crash.

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5

Hard to believe this was a debut album

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5

Southern Gods

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5

FREEEEEE BIIIRRRDDD

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5

Easy 5.

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5

I really really dig it

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5

I grew up in the most white bread Denver suburb imaginable, experiencing no honkytonks or whiskey bars. My teenage tastes were all 80's British Pop, plus some Charlie Parker and Bach. I now live in England. So where or where does my love of southern fried rock come from? I already had a heart on two songs from this album, neither of which was for Free Bird. I've not dipped my toe too deep into the Lynyrd Skynyrd catalog before and have already added some additional hearts. Gimme Three Steps is a perfect distillation of this specific art form. An incredibly strong debut album. Worth a listen, if you get the chance, before you die.

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5

Lotta hits

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5

So many good songs, including. A few I’d never heard before. Enjoyed hearing the demos of some classics.

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5

has to be the greatest southern rock album of all time

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5

I can't believe I've never listened to this album before today.

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5

5.0 - Classic Southern rock: “Simple Man”, “Tuesday’s Gone”, “Free Bird.” I also love deeper tracks like “Mississippi Kid.” So much soul!

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5

Classic.

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5

Dang. This is really an impressive damn album. There's a few tracks in the middle that don't do much, but they still have an interesting southern blues and rock vibe that is interesting. The rest are exceptional, Tuesday's Gone and Free Bird certainly being all time classics.

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I knew a guy, who shall remain nameless, who listened to this ALL THE TIME. I mean, all the time. And Dave would turn it up so that the whole damned stoop would have to listen to it. We didn't have air conditioning, so the windows and doors were always open. But then this nine minute song would come on and everybody would sing it at the top of their lungs. Is that idiotic? Yep. But it was also an exceptional album.

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5

Tremendous

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I can't say I liked the whole album. But isn't that final song (you know which) a juicy strawberry at the top of a cake?

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4

Outstanding debut album. It’s amazing how some bands can emerge with their first album fully formed and at their peak. I’m not the biggest fan of this particular flavor of rock but I can’t deny the excellence of many of these songs. 4 stars.

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4

Free bird is a classic

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Really great folk-rock-country album, although the whole album is overshadowed by Free Bird

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4/5

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Classic.

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Positiivinen ylläri! Minun korvaan kuulosti hyvältä ja taidokkaalta bluesahtavalta rokilta, odotukset olivat jotain perus punaniskarokkia. Vaikka eihän se Sweet Home Alabamakaan mikään huono biisi ole, niin mukava kuulla että bändillä on muitakin biisejä.

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4

Very good, enjoyed listening to it. Has to have 4* for Freebird !

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Classic

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Iconic songs from the iconic southern-rock band. Awesome, even though, I have listened to this record way too many times.

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4

really good rock, features one of the best guitar solos in rock

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Excellent

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I guess it’s alright for the 1000th listen. Still holds up. Major and minor pentatonic at its maximum expression.

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4

Classic!

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4

Great. Had only heard Freebird, but the entire album was good

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4

Fun listen

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4

Quality album

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Very Blues-grassy, not overwhelming to the ears. Instrumentation is clean, lyrics are clear, has a definite country influence (which isn’t a bad thing).

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Epic album that contains most of the big hits Skynrd is known for. Other Gems like "Poison Whiskey" are great to hear for someone not familiar with their catalog

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4

What a debut album! Every song is a southern rock staple.

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4

Just because of Tuesday’s Gone and Free Bird this is a strong album. Buy also enjoyed Simple Man. Strong, but 1-2 fillers as well.

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there is no denying that the songwriting and musicianship shown here are fabulous.

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Pure Southern Rock gold.

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4.5

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Banda ktora zna chyba kazdy za sprawa ich wiecznie zywego sweet home alabama, ktory jednak nie pochodzi z tej plyty, krazek ktorego tytul pomaga w poprawnej wymowie nazwy zespolu jest ich debiutanckim albumem, na prawie 43 minutach jest zawarte 8 trakow, utrzymanych w klimacie poludniowej hameryczki, wiec taki mieszaniec country z bluesem, do tego mocne brzmienia hardego rocka i dostajemy klimat radia X z gta pelna morda, w ktorym pojawia sie przynajmniej jeden kawalek z tej plyty, bo pamietam cos free birdowego z osta, free bird moze byc najbardziej rozpoznawalnym numerem lynyrdow, a to za sprawa epickiej gitarkowej solowki, ktora zamyka kawalek jak i cala plyte i trwa ponad 5 minut, co czyni go takze najdluzszym songiem plyty, jak i calej dyskografii lynyrdow, co do samej bandy to ich brzmienie definiuje trio gitarkowe Rossington na leadzie w wiekszosci trakow czasem zmieniony z Collinsem, ktory na tej plycie operuje glownie na rytminczej i akustyku na free birdzie oraz Kingiem basiorzem, ktory mial leada na missisipi kidzie, to wlasnie harmonia miedzy nimi najbardziej urzekla mnie podczas odsluchu, dodatkowymi instrumentami sa typowo rokowo drumsy Burnsa i klawisze Powellowe, ostatnim elementem do ukladanki brzmienia bandy jest wokalista i autor tekstow Ronnie Van Zant, ktory brzmi tu o wiele nizej, cale szczescie, niz na traku z ktorego kojarzylem bande czyli sweet homa alabamowego, jak dla mnie dobry wokal oddajacy liryke tekstow, jak byc powinno gdy ktos pisal traczka przeciez, a lirycznie plyta takze daje rade, chociaz porusza dosc oklepanie poludniowe motywy, to robi to jednak szczerze i nie czuc tu zaszablonowania gatunkowego, wiec posluchamy o uwielbieniu do wolnosci, niebezpieczenstwach wiskaczow, dancingow z nieznajomymi pieknosciami czy o tym jak dobrze przezyc zycie, jako prosty czlek, jak do mnie bardzo trafil storytelling pana Ronniego, dobry pik dodatkowo przesluchany w pasujacych do plyty okolicznosciach, bo spity i wygiety na fotelu znajomka po calonocnej libacji festiwalowej, na plejaka dodam traki, o ktorych juz po czesci wspomnialem podczas opisu kontentu lirycznego, czyli zamykajacy free bird, poision whiskey i simple man, chociaz plyta jest na tyle rowna, ze kazdy z trakow nadawalby sie na plejke

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Some classic tracks on here such as Free Bird, but so is Tuesday's gone and my all time favourite track from this band, Simple Man. Never listed to one of their albums before.

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Nice, some classics

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I think it's nothing special, but I really enjoyed it. It's a really good album. But I am happy that I didnt hear free bird the day that I got it, cuz that wouldve ended badly.

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Nice

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A more than solid album with good songs, great guitars and a decent mix.

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Hadn’t heard previously. Two great songs, and the rest decent, but unremarkable? Maybe more to it on repeat listens.

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Pretty fun! I’m a southern girl at heart and liked this. Beyond freebies and Tuesday’s gone it was a blast.

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Begendim

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Quality record. 3 stars and a additional one for Free bird

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Lynyrd Skynyrd's Three Guitar Army and Ronnie Van Zant's growl resonate deep in my bones. These songs feel surprisingly like home. Maybe it's because Gimme Three Steps was one of the songs that my brother's garage band rehearsed in our basement. (We did not have a garage.) My brother must've had a Greatest Hits album on 8-Track or something because several of these sound familiar but not all of them. I've never heard this whole album before, I'm sure of that. At least 3 songs mention guns but I don't think they ever get used, just held threateningly. I said "uh-oh" when they started talking about the ghetto in Things Goin' On but the rest of the words seemed ok and then the honky-tonk piano came in sounding exactly like something Paul Williams would write for the Muppets or Bugsy Malone and I was totally charmed. I prefer the upbeat songs like I Ain't the One, Gimme Three Steps, and Things Goin' On to the ballads but I cannot deny that Free Bird is a great song even if it's nine minutes long and I've heard it a million times. If I get to see the original Skynyrd line-up in the afterlife, you bet I'll ask to hear Free Bird.

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8/10

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Very solid album, and of course I love Free Bird. 8/10

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weirdly enough, free bird was my least favorite part of this. really surprisingly enjoyable as an album, good length. 8/10

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The hits are really good but the rest is pretty mediocre. 7-8/10 1. Simple Man 2. Free Bird 3. Gimme Three Steps

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I enjoyed this album a lot. My highlights were I Ain't The One, Gimme Three Steps and Poison Whiskey.

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Simple, great American blues-rock. More than just the guys who did Free Bird

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I’ve always had a soft spot for Skynyrd

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An iconic album. "Tuesday's Gon" was my favorite track this listen

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I'm a sucker for classic rock - grew up listening to it in the house. I already knew half the songs on this album, which surprised me. I like the whole vibe of this one.

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This is a classic album. It has most, if not all, of Skynyrd's biggest hits. It's a great record to just sit back and hang to.

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More material from the high school stoner vaults. The Dixie attitude is thick as pig shit, frankly, but it's an undeniable Southern Rock classic.

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kinda snazzy ngl

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Fun stuff, free bird is a classic

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This is a fun listen! It would have been a good Friday album if I hadn't missed it lol.

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Lots of classics on this one. Three steps, simple man, free byrd. Super solid stuff.

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2021.11.26

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Surely important to the genre, recorded and performed in one groove, no characteristic distinctions, light individuality between the tracks. Great rhythm and solos!

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A bit harder rock than I usually like but some of the songs on this album really grabbed me.

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A triumphant album, simple listening thanks to its ubiquity, extremely tight in the playing. Puts one in the mood for clean whiskey.

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This album has some really nice moments on it, and despite the fact that this type of music sounds stereotypically southern now, it only became that way because of this band At the same time, the album sags in places. I've never been a huge fan of Free Bird, perhaps because I grew up in the Beavis and Butthead era when this song was already a meme. Trying to listen to it with fresh ears is hard as a result. I think that it's a pretty enough song, but not the all time great the way it tends to be portrayed by people who really like it. Fuck it, 4/5 by the skin of it's teeth. Maybe I like Free Bird after all. Or at least, I like 4/5ths of Free Bird. That song could have been shut down a full minute earlier with no negative impact

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Very good, very solid. Classic blues-rock. Free bird is the track I knew the most, however, I don't think it is the best off this album. Could easily be a 5, I just don't know how re-listenable it is.

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Top album met het beste nummer toch wel "Simple Man"

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Loved this in my 20s. Now in my 30s, I feel its really dated, but it holds a nostalgic place in my heart.

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Almost every song was excellent. I don’t believe I’d ever heard the original album version of Free Bird and especially loved it.

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Good old southern blues from Ronnie Van Zant and co. Great album and before all the confederate flag/disagreement with Neil Young crap. Some lovely music on this one, highlights for me "Tuesdays Gone" and of course "Freebird". Freebird reminds me of the touring Radio Caroline Roadshows back in the '70's when they always finished with that song to close the evening. Great memories.

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Enjoyed this album. Simple Man was a highlight

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Fantastic southern rock album, absorbing tunes, great playing and the majestic Free Bird.

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Really liked this one - it was a good album to start this with. I knew a couple of the songs but had never listened to an entire Lynyrd Skynyrd album, and probably would not have thought to listen to an entire Lynyrd Skynryd album. They just wouldn't have popped into my head as "hey let's listen to this band today." But I liked it, and it was good music to have on while getting work done.

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Their debut album that gave us Free Bird and a load of great rock tracks. They sound like they are having a lot of fun. Didn't realise half the band wiped out in a plane crash en-route to play at my alma mater LSU

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SO many iconic Lynyrd Skynyrd songs on this album, but I had never listened to it front to back, so this was another exciting one for me. To that point, I never realized so many of their most beloved songs came from this first album! I'd rather listen to any of these Skynyrd hits than Sweet Home Alabama, so the fact that it's not on this album is, in itself, almost worth a bonus star in my rating. This album reflects a time when track order really seemed to be more of an intentional, precise art. I Ain't the One is a perfect opener, setting an exciting stage for many of the band's bigger mainstream hits, and arguably, some of the most well known jams in classic rock history. The second half of the album slumps a bit too far into swamp rock for me. Just when you think you might finally be getting bored, the album closes with its rising phoenix song, Free Bird, one song that is practically two separate tracks. The first "track" is a patient ballad, slowly building with some of the most recognized lyrics and guitar riffs in rock music history, before finally blooming into the second "track", an epic ~5 minute instrumental that stands among the best that rock music has ever witnessed.

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Alger negla, ballöðu/greddurokk sem endar á slagaranum Free Bird.

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4

Great debut album.

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4

NICE!

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All(most) all the hits are here! well produced, and tight musicianship made this a surprising delight to listen to.

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4

What a great albun to start a musical career. I really like „Free Bird“. It‘s one of my favourite songs.

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This one is good, not only because of Freebird

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Unfortunately this sound is so culturally complicated for Americans with a lot of racists identifying with the southern rock sound. Beyond that, although I would not want to listen to this on the regular, you can't deny the legacy of this album. Simple Man is still great. Free Bird is... well, Free Bird. Nothing is bad here.

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4

Heck of a debut.

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Good variety of tracks, and more upbeat than I was expecting

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You can’t deny the impact this group had on Rock n Roll but I also credit their sound to a lot of the country rock that plays today. I enjoy this album for its rough-ness but simplistic tone as well.

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Free Bird and Simple Man are fantastic songs. It was really enjoyable to hear other songs that I hadn't heard before.

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Simple Man is one of my favorite songs and Free Bird is a classic for good reason. I especially enjoyed the more folk-y sounding songs...great American rock listen

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Lynyrd Skynyrd. I have their greatest hits, and not surprisingly, half of this album is on it. There's a reason this album is on the list. As much as this is YEE-HAW southern rock, it is done well. The songs are catchy, even the ones on here that are over (FREEBIRD! PLAY FREEBIRD!!!) played. I remember hearing Freebird for the first time, and that whole twin guitar thing just blew my mind. Even though it's still a bit on the sloppy side and I know others can do it just as well, it's still great. The production on this and all the other songs are great. The formula for pretty much all of their albums exist right here, little changes from their other albums. I mean, did they peak with this one? Probably, it's the one with some of their best known (FREEBIRD! PLAY FREEBIRD!!!) stuff on it. But I was always partial to Mr. Saturday Night Special, not sure why. Anyway, it is probably an essential to that southern rock archetype. I just wish there was some evolution to it.

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Yeahyeah freebird c un classic

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Great albulm

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some incredible tracks - absolute classic rock standards all on one album. Some pretty crappy songs mixed in as well preventing 5 stars.

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Good ol' southern rock. The classics hit hard and the deeper cuts are still good.

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Some great classics

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A fine album all-around. Obviously, anything country-rock related tends to go on a bit and start to blend together, but I enjoyed it.

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This is a staggering debut album, full of hits both recognizable and novel. It turned Southern rock into a cohesive art form, even while pushing its envelope.

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Really good jams. Hard boogie to epic ballads. (7/10) FT: Free Bird, Gimme Three Steps, Simple Man

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Classic. I’ve always listened to their greatest hits but most of them are from this album.

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so many hits that still rock. Simple Man the highlight, but man what a debut overall

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Good debut album. Some songs with huge staying power right off the bat.

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Really good, surprisingly! No Sweet Home Alabama or That Smell thankfully

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Klassiek rock album. Gewoon goed. Free Bird blijft wel een topnummer

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So I like it alot more than I expected too. I still think freebird goes on for far too long, but simple man is very good. I'm not sure if I would listen to again, but I think if I was to listen to a Skynyrd album, this would probably be the one.

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Great 70s rock album with some cool southern folk styling.

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I cannot say for certain when my first exposure to Skynyrd was but Tuesday's Gone had to be close because of Happy Gilmore. Also, one time in 8th grade, we had to vote on our class song. I nominated Tuesday's Gone. It lost to Higher by Creed by a count of 9-2. Probably the most difficult review Tuesday's Gone has ever received. This album has a lot of well known songs that I will listen to again. The middle of the album isn't as good as the rest. Freebird certainly does not need to be a 10 minute jam session. Also several of the songs have a southern twang to them which I don't care for. I rounded down.

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This is the debut album from rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. The album was certified double platinum in the US 14 years after release in 1987, and along with being the band's debut album, it is best known for the epic guitar solo on the track "Free Bird". This is what I imagine an awesome hard rock album from the 70's should sound like. It's the first time I heard most of these songs from this great band, besides "Free Bird", and I couldn't be happier with the quality of the other tracks. It's easy to tell that this band had some serious talent from the get go and their popularity only went up!

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If you turn your radio on right now I'm sure that something from this album is being played. This and "Second Helping" are my faves. Would give it 5 stars except it has one of the songs that contributed to the down fall of radio.

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I enjoyed it quite a bit. Brings me back to old school US with the country rock twang and ramblin’ grooves. Simple Man and Free Bird are truly masterpieces but the others aren’t bad either. 7/10

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Está bueno, pero Free Bird se lo lleva todo.

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Sguuuud. My favorites are "Tuesday's Gone", "Things Goin' On", "Mississippi Kid", and "Simple Man". Free Bird is okay too I guess.

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Fino a "Simple Man" sono dimenticabili. Bellissime "Simple Man" e "Free Bird", naturalmente. Ma il resto dell'album no, 4 stelle alte.

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So this is their debut? Incredible. Even the ones I’d never heard are awesome. I have to say I’ve always found Simple Man to be too long, too slow, too repetitive. But that’s faint criticism for an otherwise timeless work.

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I hate this band but damn is this such a good album - other than free bird. Fuck Free Bird

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This is quintessential southern rock for me. The range of the songs are outstanding (I think they are underrated in that regard) and there is an immediacy to many of the tracks that they were not able to replicate on later releases. Credit to Al Kooper (an unsung hero of rock and roll) for the production. Free Bird has been overplayed to the point of distraction, and I am not sure this is the best version, but it is iconic, nonetheless. Surprisingly, this doesn’t get many mentioned on many lists of best debuts.

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I have this in my collection and have been a fan of Lynyrd Skynyrd for a long time. This is a strong debut album, showcasing the band's varied style and distinctive Southern sound, particularly the soaring guitar lines. Stand out tracks - Gimme Three Steps (the epitome of Southern boogie), Simple Man, and the monumental Free Bird of course. The latter may not be everyone's cup of tea and the guitar soloing does go on, but I love it as much now as when I heard it as a 14 year old. There are a couple of plodders on the album but that should not detract from the confidence, power and presence of this debut from the greatest of the Southern rock bands

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Awesome rock album here. Probably their best collection of songs and it’s their first album. This one has a little bit of everything, ballads, classics, guitar solos. It’s an amazing first album from a band that was cut short on life. Really solid stuff. 8.2/10

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i actually really liked this album. there were about two songs in the middle which were not my favourite (for the life of me i cannot figure out which ones, which makes me think i didn’t not like them as much as i thought i did). i liked the length and all of it!

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Lot of fun songs. Free Bird is pretty played out, but still a great one. 4/5

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‘I Ain’t the One’, feels like a song that I wouldn’t skip but wouldn’t go out of my way to listen to. Saying that, if I heard ‘Bellbottoms’ - John Spencer Blues Explosion, then maybe I’d queue this after. Similar blues mix with rock. It is a great start to the album, with ‘Tuesday’s Gone’ following it. Favourite song has to be ‘Simple Man’.

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6/10

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Pretty good rock. Songs went on a little too long.

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A solid debut album.

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A good amount of hits and solid album cuts.

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While not the godfathers of Southern Rock, I always have viewed them as the epitome of the sub-genre and template for your local southern-rock bands. Not really my style but this album is a great debut and will continue to provide classic rock stations plenty of spins until the call of Cthulhu.

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I'd only ever heard Sweet Home Alabama before by this band. I don't think they were particularly popular in the UK. I enjoyed this album. Short and punchy with very musical guitar playing. That Southern twang is quite unmistakable and good fun for someone who has never been anywhere near the US South. Would relisten.

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cool album, seems to be a more rare genre within rock, southern rock

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I Ain't the One - 8/10 Tuesday's Gone - 8/10 Gimme Three Steps - 9/10 Simple Man - 9/10 Things Goin' On - 8/10 Mississippi Kid - 4/10 Poison Whiskey - 5/10 Free Bird - 10/10

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Boom! Spiky riff rock full of power chords and energy. Really enjoyed this one, particularly Simple Man (which I hadn't heard before) and Free Bird (which I had), the latter one of those rock epics that go on an on through seemingly so many phases. So close to giving this the full five stars, but some of the early tracks weren't quite as interesting. But still, definitely worth further listens.

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Bankare... går helt enkelt hårt

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By some quirk fate ”Free Bird” was the least fulfilling song on this album

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R r r r r reeeaaal rock shit

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Absolutely surprising how enjoyable the album is, but damn, cut down Free Bird and Tuesday's Gone please.

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Simple man, free bird, gimme 3 steps, and more Great album

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Sydligt blues-rock, nede på jorden, flere kendte sange

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It's good classic rock. That's about it.

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I hate everything this band stands for, but this is undeniably CLASSIC rock music. Simple Man is A+. 3.5

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Zaczęło się fajnie, później country :P

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Actually better than I thought

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Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Tuesday's Gone, Gimme Three Steps, Simple Man, Things Goin' On Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: Good authentic southern rock. Crazy that this was their first album and they basically defined the genre so effortlessly. Not crazy about Free Bird, but overall a great country rock record. Not my favorite genre so it gets a 3, but a strong 3 for sure.

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Not a lot of songs, but some very long songs.

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This southern hard rock stuff is not my scene at all. However, this is better than I expected. There's some bluesy stuff, some energetic guitar solos - but the strongest parts are probably the soaring rock ballad type tracks, like "Tuesday's Gone". The different styles are staggered, so you get changes in pace across the album. It's a strong album, with good musicianship. Still not really to my taste, and I'm not sure I'd revisit in a hurry. 3.5

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Super listenable, freebird is always good, not the most spectacular of albums but wortha listen.

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Free Bird og Simple Man trækker den op på 3 stjerner.

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so9me really nice songs, but bit samey

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Eerste album van Lynyrd Skynyrd (1973), een band die mij totaal voorbij is gegaan op Sweet Home Alabama na. Southern Rock meets Blues meets Country. Hoogtepunten Simple man & Freebird 3+ ster.

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You know the songs.

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I can see why they shaped the rock back then but songs are a too long for me and I lose context. Best Tuesday's Gone.

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that one song is good

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Good album, would like to drive through the desert to it

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Liked simple man. Not hugely into the rest. Too old school rocky.

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OK. I don't hate it and I don't love it. It's just OK

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3.5

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Yeah okay

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Thanks

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grungy acid wash genes + some surprisingly palatable pop rock vibes. Free Bird is the clear standout here.

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I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would.

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hell yeah, haven't even listened to it yet and I know it's 5 star because I have two songs already in my liked songs from this album The last free bird was sad though because the guitarist just gives up right at the beginning It actually was like a 3 out of 5, solid classic songs in there, but the rest are mediocre. I'll give it a 4 out of 5 for freebird

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Better than expected

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Pretty decent country rock. Much more interesting than the Eagles, making a twangy 12 bar blues compelling. Freebird is overrated

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pretty generic classic rock. i certainly like it, but it's suuuuper saturated which leaves a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth. oh well

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I don't think that I have ever (knowingly) listened to an entire Lynyrd Skynyrd album, and it wasn't terrible. I found myself dancing a bit to even some of the songs I didn't know, and I appreciated the bluesy-essence sprinkled throughout. Overall, the album didn't excite me enough to want to add it to my library though.

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5/10. had some good songs

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Album with lots of familiar classics that defined some parts of a generation. Always nostalgic when hearing these tracks, but not going to be a part of my permanent rotation

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"Free Bird" is a real classic and I believe that this album could be much better for me some years ago. Nowadays, I have more references and some little music knowledge to classify this album as a kind of repetitive classic rock and roll. Not a bad thing, but nothing special.

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Fantastic. Some real classics and the rest are very good. Classics: Freebird, Tuesday's Gone, Gimme Three Steps.

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## General notes: Really solid album, mixture of hard hitting rock songs with more relaxed blue moments. Pleasant sounding, very competently executed and overall very enjoyable. ## Song by song - I Ain't The One: Riff heavy rock. Hard rocking guitars. Grooving. Raspy voice, alcohol smelling sounds. In all a solid offering. - Tuesday's Gone: Rock ballad 101. Acoustic guitars, a hammond. Knew this one from Metallica's version. It's very similar. Emotional, melancholic and bluesy. Really like the singing on this one with the slight yodeling and overall whisky infused belting. Two songs in we're already into three stars rating territory. I'm surprised! - Simple Man: Hard rocking slow song. Not that interesting, save for the dynamics of "soft part heavy part". This is from 1973 so maybe it was more innovative ATM. - Missisippi Kid: Stripped down blues. Really well interpreted and enjoyable. Got distracted, don't have any more comments.

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This generator really said "PLAY FREE BIRD" and I was like "yeah okay" lol legendary

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Better than I expected

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Nice, but gets a little boring for an album

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This is like 70s classic rock in a bottle (maybe because half of the album is their greatest hits). Overall the sound was a bit too bluesy for me. However I liked 'Tuesday's Gone', and 'Simple Man' is my top pick.

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Rating: 6/10 Best songs: The gash

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I always had an aversion to this band, but I don't think of my reasons were ever good. Honestly, the piano work is the best thing about this album. "Things Going On" fucking rules, and "Tuesday's Gone" will forever be the 'Happy Gilmore' song, to me.

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I wasn't really the biggest fan of this one. Not bad, just not really for me. I love classic rock, but the southern version with more blues influences (what I like to call "Deep Fried Classic Rock" just isn't usually my thing. "Black Betty" by Ram Jam being a notable exception.

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I thought the only songs I knew from this album were Tuesday's Gone and Free Bird, but I quickly realized I've heard this one many times. A kid I used to work with at the local pizza place had this on repeat every night we closed together. It was nostalgic to hear it again. I still love those two songs the most, but they're all pretty good.

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Never really listened to Lynyrd Skynyrd before, but that tight knit driving rock beat is right up my street. Some seriously funky riffs in here! Shame about the 7 minute track lengths. Really like the vibe but it’s possibly too heavy on the classic 70s American rock sound for me to really get into. 3/5 - Cool songs, but probably won’t listen again

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Best in class Southern boogie rock. Comparing the demos to the album cuts, you can hear how well prepared the band was to record (with arrangements detailed and honed), but also how well Al Kooper recorded the band, getting a great sound out of them without polishing off the things that make the band great. But it doesn't really speak to me that much. I don't understand the appeal of Freebird (except for the blistering solos at the end, which are, rightly iconic)

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Southern rock has never been my passion, but I'm sure few would argue with Lynyrd Skynyrd's inclusion on this list. I can't fault the just-on-the-right-side-of-gimmicky guitar line-up at the core of their sound: two, sometimes three lead guitars working in harmony. Powerful as it must have been to experience live, it's also used to most dazzling effect in "Free Bird", which wipes the floor with every track before it on this record. Along with "Simple Man", "Free Bird" is, of course, a classic of its genre, and the track here I was most familiar with. I had to wrestle with the feeling that in 2022, it comes over as a little hammy, almost corny: maybe it's down to overuse, or pop culture's obsession with irony and mining sincerity for memes. "Free Bird" and "Simple Man" may be ripe for parody, but they form the melodic backbone of the album, standing as its most enduring songs. One lick of the five minute guitar coda is enough to stop me even trying to critique it and just enjoy the ride. It may be bias after being so familiar with the big hits, but across the rest of the album, there's little else jumping out at me that elevates Lynyrd Skynyrd against any number of early 70's American rock bands. A couple of light cuts smell suspiciously of throwaways: "Mississippi Kid" feels like Skynyrd going acoustic for the sake of it without having a particularly good song to back it up, and "Poison Whiskey" stumbles over one too many re-treads of a quickly tiring riff. Earlier, there's some great musicianship but the songs themselves feel lacking, rooted in bluesy and swampy riffs without really progressing beyond them. The sound quality doesn't help. "Gimme Three Steps" has a fun riff and injects some energy into proceedings, but the production is awful: everything seems to be pushed to the limit to the point that even the cymbal crashes are riddled with distortion. Because of "Simple Man", "Free Bird" and "Tuesday's Gone" (another epic ballad with the band's lead instrumentalists taking it turn to showcase their skill), this gets an automatic three stars. While there's nothing outright offensive across the album, there's nothing else here to lift it above those three tracks, so this one just misses out on a 4.

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Lots of fun 70s rock. Freebird is a classic, of course. Nothing surprising but a solid album

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Bom mas nao me cativou mto

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Better than I expected but not sure i’d listen again

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More than half of these songs were new to me! Sometimes you don't understand the hype behind a song, but "Free Bird" is not one of those. There's a reason it's a classic. Actually, considering that "Free Bird" was constructed for Lynyrd Skynyrd's debut album is incredible! The guitar opening in "Gimme Three Steps"? Wow! This album actually has some very amazing, memorable guitar moments. Some songs were a miss for me, but hey, can you get any better than "Poison Whiskey" for a song title? "If I leave here tomorrow,/Would you still remember me?"

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I don’t like Lynyrd Skynyrd. All the more shocking that I LIKED this album. The deep cuts were great and more bluegrass-y which I loved! Favorite song: Things Going On. Little more honky-tonk/blues!

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Listened to this a fair bit in college for some reason. I mean, some of these songs are totally iconic. I just have no urge to come back to them now.

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Southern rock. Some sweet guitar riffs and soloes, especially on the ballads but lyrically pretty thin (it is clearly some young guys who like running free). The more general country songs are rather boring to me. Simple Man stand out, also because I am fascinated by the concept of striving to be a Simple Man.

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Started great, and had the recognizable songs, but halfway through I was getting bored of the ones acting as filler

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I dig a lot of the songs, but I can't stand Free Bird's first half or Tuesday's Gone.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd - (Pronounced' Leh-'Nerd 'Skin-'Nérd) Mississippi Kid You have to pronounce it correctly, they're a rock band. Well from their massive success in the debut one in tracks like "Free Bird" or "Simple Man", they're most of all the same receipt. You're on a car trip around the east to west in America or a farm place away from the city, the music plays and neither the landscape or the motor running distract you when the songs play. It's an excellent way to start as a band, it marks an age, it's historic and deserves it. Fly as a Free Bird is not for everyone, some enjoy some don't. C

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Decent

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3 (1/2)stars

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I was at a goth night once where the DJ played "Free Bird" because he needed to go for a piss.

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Southern rock with some groovy guitar riffs. The album starts great but somewhat loses steam towards the middle. So Lynyrd Skynyrd really hat more songs than Sweet Home Alabama. Who would have known? 3/5

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Classic 3.5 / 5

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OK. I didn't want to like it, because it's dad rock. But it's actually better than I thought.

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Gotta hand it to them: they know how to write a catchy southern song.

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Not my thing. Can recognise its importance though.

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I don't care for this kind of music, but Lynyrd Skynyrd knocked it out of the park with their debut album. For me to like this album is saying something! I don't love it, but it is a solid record.

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So, the correct answer to this is anchored by whether (or not) you like the second half of “Freebird”. I do, and this will overlook the multiple crimes against creativity that the rest of this album commits.

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Pretty much every other song started and I thought "isn't this Free Bird?" It was ok. Nice, chunky, warmly produced Southern rock. Hearing some Stones, hearing the influence on Black Crowes and Primal Scream. Probably going to have to listen a load more times for it to really embed and I'm not sure I'm going to do that.

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Free Bird does nothing for me really, but there's some good country rock bangers on here.

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Good album probably contains their best songs

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Another I wasn't thrilled about getting this morning - not really being a fan of much southern rock, nor did I really feel like hearing Freebird. Again. But heh ... ok it's catchy and fun and legit. It's really hard to extricate yourself from what you've been (over)exposed to throughout your life and radio has spoiled a lot of excellent music from overexposure. This album has great guitar sounds; I love the riff-rock - I don't need to hear "Gimme Three Steps" or "Free Bird" on the radio ever (EVER) again but a) hearing them in context of the album and time period is different somehow; and b) there are a few songs I'd never heard which gave me a little more objective appreciation to the playing and songwriting. Yeah it's necessary to hear this to understand and appreciate the development of blues-rock-southern rock in the 70s. ...and f it -> ha...hearing Free Bird close this out wasn't so bad after all. 7/10 3 stars.

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Some cool tunes. Some boring tunes. Pretty much what I expected.

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Now I know what inspired Kings of Leon Cover art 1/5

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Southern Rock from the good 'ol Boys of white boy boogie. Doesn't wear that well i feel though I know a lot would disagree. I guess its pretty strong for a debut. I remember getting Freebird on 12" vinyl way back in the 80s and I remember the lyrics spat with Neil Young.. Competent guitar work. The vocals have a clichéd drawl. Nothing stands out that much. 3

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Good. Free bird is great.

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When it comes to rock songs that generate a lot of hate because they're over-played, Freebird is often at the top of the list along with Stairway and Layla. But is it the fault of the band that these songs are overplayed and have become veritable musical cliches? They're played far too often because they're iconic and simply great rock songs. Skynrd's music is far too deep fried southern for me but I must give them credit for putting together a pretty gosh-darned good debut album that also features Tuesdays Gone and Simple man.

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A pretty good album. I am not really a Lynyrd Skynyrd fan but this album contains two all time classics in "Simple Man", my personal favorite of the album, and "Free Bird". The latter is a great song, but I do think it is overhyped and it's just so long. It is also the bane of any gigging musicians existence so I like it less as a result of that. It is a good album with two great songs.

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Pretty cool

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Surprised by this. Wasn’t expecting to like it, besides the over played radio hits, but I did. Not something I think I’d throw on again myself, hence the 3 stars, but it wasn’t bad at all

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free bird jako jinak 5 jo

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Perusrokkia joka menee taustamusiikkina olutta hörppiessä. Yksikään biisi ei jäänyt mieleen ennestään tuttua Free Birdiä lukuunottamatta. En ihan ymmärrä tämän bändin jonkinasteista kulttimainetta. Thin Lizzy iski paljon kovempaa saman genren bändeistä.

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Würde jetzt gern mal mit so nem Propellerboot über die Bayous gefahren werden. Kriege leider den Gedanken nicht aus dem Kopf, dass das inzwischen wahrscheinlich schlimme Redneck-Musik ist. Bzw. wahrscheinlich auch immer schon war, aber die Rednecks halt schlimmer denn je sind. Sorgt für Punktabzug.

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Ja, Regelrechter Rock mit Herzblut und ordentlich Zug an der Bourbon Nuckel. Gut und solide, aber genial? Nope! Mama told me to give more than 2.4

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So very boring. Only reason it's 2 stars is because of Free Bird.

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Got a bit bored, especially in the second half, and some songs dragged a bit. To be fair, there are some good'uns, like Simple Man, and if this album came on while I was in a bar in the southern US of A it's probably exactly what I'd want to hear. Most of the time I'm not, though. 2.5 stars.

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There are some good songs in here, but they're all buried beneath way too much gratuitous noodling to enjoy listening to.

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Not a fan of country aesthetics or rock in general, but the second half of Free Bird is amazing. I Ain't The One and Gimme Three Steps are pretty solid, but the rest falls flat. 4/10

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Only ever heard one song by Lynyrd Skynyrd, and it was not on this album. Overall it's an ok album fitting into country blues rock style which I'm not really a fan of. Best: Gimme Three Steps Worst: Mississippi Kid

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Not my thing

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Blues and guitars, and more guitars… great musicians, but a bit boring after a while

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I'm starting to think I might be allergic to Southern Rock. Either that or I have a Southern Rock intolerance. If I drank enough whiskey it might help me to be able to digest this deep fried pork chop of an album. Either way I think I might end up puking.

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Inégale comme album. On y retrouve les 2 plus grands hits du groupe, qui sont quand même efficaces. Personnellement j'ai préféré le côté rock des pièces I Ain't The One et Poison Whiskey. C'est d'ailleurs sur cette dernière pièce que ça m'a frappé que Stone Temple Pilots ont sûrement été influencés par ce style et probablement cet album.

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Connaissait de nom, pas trop mon genre Ça sonne bien, très blues country redneck un peu Certains solos de guit sont interminables Cool lignes de bass ici et là Mes filles me demandaient si on allait s'acheter un pick-up 😅

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Ik vind dit een saai album. **

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I will pronounce it Lin-Erd Ski ln-Erd until I die.

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Free Bird is a good tune, the rest not so great

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good music. I don't care for the vocals or lyrics; not bad just not my thing

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Listen to opening track ‘I Ain’t The One’, bluesy rocker ‘Poison Whiskey’ and the rightly lauded closer ‘Free Bird’. Skip the rest.

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I've never been a fan, due to my dislike of Sweet Home Alabama, but the first song I can dig. It has an Allman Brothers-meets-the-Stooges feel to it. "Tuesday's Gone" and the intro to "Three Steps" sound Stones inspired. The anthems (which I've managed to avoid most of my life) sound a bit Eagles-inspired and you know how we all feel about the Eagles. If you remove the anthems, and just listen to the more bluesy numbers, it's not bad, though it falls short of The Drive-By Truckers Southern Rock Opera which was dedicated to Lynyrd Skynyrd, and I gave that a 3, though I was stingy.

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Extremely competent but continues to not grab me. As for Freebird, impossible to hear without picturing a high Jenny (Robin Wright) pinballing around a balcony.

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Unfortunately I really just am not a fan of the "rock sound" right now, couldn't make it through the album - due to time restraints and just because i was so unbearably bored. Not a fault of the album, just my own personal taste. Will not revisit.

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I can't tell if I've just grown out of 5 minute guitar solos or if this really just missed the mark hard for me. Felt really forgettable with no stand out moments, and I don't think any of the songs on here are ones I'd actively seek listening to again.

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nope

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No esta sweet home alabama!

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This stinks

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Not my style

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Nope

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Not sure an album about hard-drinking, gun-toting Americans is reading the room well right now. This album had no redeeming features for me and I really hope I never hear any of these songs again.

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Rock un peu country. Bon guitariste Chanteur avec une voix caractéristique. Du whiskey dans toutes les tounes. Pas très original.

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Landed up just skipping though all the songs. I'm partial to 70s music but this ain't for me

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Es ist mir wirklich herzlich egal, wie‘s ausgesprochen wird, nach dem 6. Song hatte ich Schwierigkeiten, es überhaupt auszuhalten.

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