Lynyrd Skynyrd – Second Helping (1974/2013) DSF DSD64

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Second Helping (1974/2013)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 00:37:22 minutes | 1,47 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds |  © Geffen Records / Analogue Productions

This Lynyrd Skynyrd 1974 album follows the success of “Free Bird” and “Gimme Three Steps” from their 1973 debut and features their biggest hit single, “Sweet Home Alabama,” an answer to Neil Young’s “Southern Man” and “Alabama.” The song reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in August 1974. Second Helping also featured “Don’t Ask Me No Questions,” “Workin’ for MCA” and “Call Me The Breeze,” the latter of which includes an acclaimed piano solo. Backed by a tight rhythm section and the mighty three-guitar attack of Allen Collins, Ed King and Gary Rossington, singer Ronnie Van Zant turns in a legendary performance on the urgent blues ballad “I Need You,” the cautionary “The Needle And The Spoon” and “The Ballad Of Curtis Loew.” 200-gram vinyl, mastering by Kevin Gray, lacquer plating by QRP’s Gary Salstrom, heavy, tip-on gatefold jacket. None better.

“MoFi may have the rest of their catalogue, but Chad Kassem’s coup is grabbing this album, the band’s second, from 1974. Why? Because it kicks off with their anthem, the inimitable, riff-driven, majestic ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ — one of the greatest air-guitar/road trip songs ever. By this time, the band was a mite slicker but just as unapologetically Confederate-with-a-capital ‘C’ as on their debut. The opener does overshadow the rest, but the album serves up what the LP title promises in ‘The Needle And The Spoon,’ which sounds like ‘Sweet Home Alabama II.’ Musically, this nestles alongside Little Feat and The Allman Brothers Band — deservedly high praise.” — Ken Kessler, Hi-Fi News, April 2014


1 Sweet Home Alabama 4:46
2 I Need You 6:55
3 Don’t Ask Me No Questions 3:25
4 Workin’ for the MCA 4:49
5 The Ballad Of Curtis Loew 4:52
6 Swamp Music 3:31
7 The Needle And The Spoon 3:54
8 Call Me The Breeze 5:11

Ronnie Van Zant – lead vocals
Gary Rossington – Gibson Les Paul guitar, rhythm and acoustic guitar on “Sweet Home Alabama”
Allen Collins – Gibson Firebird – guitar
Ed King – Fender Stratocaster guitar, slide guitar, rhythm guitar and bass on “I Need You” and “Don’t Ask Me No Questions”
Billy Powell – keyboards, piano on “Sweet Home Alabama”
Leon Wilkeson – Gibson Thunderbird bass
Bob Burns – drums except “I Need You”
Additional personnel:
Mike Porter – drums on “I Need You”
Clydie King, Sherlie Matthews – background vocals on “Sweet Home Alabama”
Merry Clayton and friends – background vocals on “Sweet Home Alabama”
Bobby Keys, Trewor Lawrence and Steve Madiao – horns on “Don’t Ask Me No Questions” and “Call Me the Breeze”
Al Kooper – backing vocals, piano on “Don’t Ask…” & “The Ballad of Curtis Loew”, producer

Recorded: Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, California, January 1974 (except for track 1, Studio One in Doraville, Georgia, June 1973)
Mastered: At Cohearent Audio by Kevin Gray


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