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- Released: October 25, 1994
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: MCA
Spin - 12/94, pp.105-106Satisfactory - "...enjoyably cheesy pomp rock by an Opryland boys club..."
- 1.Sweet Home Alabama - Alabama
- 2.Don't Ask Me No Questions - Travis Tritt
- 3.Simple Man - Confederate Railroad
- 4.I Know a Little - Sammy Kershaw
- 5.Tuesday's Gone - Hank Williams, Jr.
- 6.Call Me the Breeze - The Mavericks
- 7.What's Your Name - Steve Earle
- 8.One More Time - The Charlie Daniels Band
- 9.Saturday Night Special - McBride & the Ride
- 10.Free Bird - Wynonna
Producers include: Tony Brown, Gregg Brown, Barry Beckett, Buddy Cannon, Norro Wilson.
Engineers include: John Guess, Rob Feaster, Csaba Petocz.
Includes liner notes by Michael McCall.
All songs written by members of Lynyrd Skynyrd except "Call Me The Breeze" (J.J. Cale).
Lynyrd Skynyrd is the seminal southern rock band. They have inspired and influenced countless aspiring boisterous rockers, many of whom became country music superstars. Billy Ray Cyrus was so enamored by Skynyrd that he named one of his first bands after their song "The Breeze."
SKYNYRD FRYNDS is a collection of country stars paying tribute to the band that influenced them so greatly. Included in this tribute are such disparate acts as Alabama, performing (what else) "Sweet Home Alabama;" country outsider Steve Earle serving up a true rendition of "What's Your Name;" Travis Tritt's gritty rock-out "Don't Ask Me No Questions;" and a rockabilly rave-up with the Mavericks on "Call Me Breeze." This assembly succeeds in paying homage to Skynyrd's singular cocky sound while retaining their own distinctive voices.
There are many surprises: Terry McBride offers a blistering "Saturday Night Special;" Hank Williams, Jr. sings a searing, heartfelt "Tuesday's Gone;" and the lone woman, Wynonna, blasts through with her version of the Skynyrd anthem "Free Bird." Past comparisons to Bonnie Raitt are blown away with her vocal.
SKYNYRD FRYNDS is a diverse set; classic songs performed by the wide-range of musical artists who now make up the broad world of country music. All influenced by one band--Lynyrd Skynyrd.
This Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute album is a high-profile effort, executive produced by the band's Gary Rossington and featuring a flock of major rock-influenced country artists. For the most part, those performers display a knowledge of Lynyrd Skynyrd's work and an affection for it. Unfortunately, the least impressive cover leads off the album. The country band Alabama might seem like the ideal interpreter of "Sweet Home Alabama," but the group clearly is not comfortable with the song. This is apparent in the gimmicky arrangement even before they rewrite the second verse, but their trouble with the words is a big problem. Apparently, lead singer Randy Owen doesn't want to praise racist Alabama Governor George Wallace or sing, "Watergate does not bother me, does your conscience bother you?" because there is now an innocuous verse concerning Alabama football replacing the original words. Things improve, however, with Travis Tritt's take on "Don't Ask Me No Questions" and Sammy Kershaw turns in a Western swing arrangement on "I Know a Little." The album's high point is Steve Earle's version of "What's Your Name?," a song he for one feels no need to clean up. Just as it began on a false note, the album closes on a weak spot, Wynonna's cover of "Free Bird." She can't quite figure out whether to abandon the song's arena rock legacy and turn it into a ballad of romantic farewell, and ends up undercutting its power without adding any real intimacy. Still, there are enough good performances here to demonstrate Lynyrd Skynyrd's influence on contemporary country. ~ William Ruhlmann
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