Gold & Platinum was compiled by Gary Rossington and Allen Collins, the two surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, after the band’s tragic plane crash of 1977.
Lynyrd Skynyrd's 2000 compilation All Time Greatest Hits suffers from the same ailments that plague many compilations of its time, but there is one problem in particular that hurts it: instead of offering all of the "all time greatest hits" on one disc, the compilers pulled their punches, overlooking a few big songs while occasionally substituting live or acoustic versions for the original studio versions. That means that this is a Skynyrd compilation without the famed original recording of "Free Bird" – a live version is here instead. It doesn't really matter that it's a good version, taken from 1976's One More from the Road, or that the live version actually charted in the Top 40; nor does it matter that "All I Can Do Is Write About It" is a good acoustic version originally released on the eponymous 1991 box set, because this is a collection made for a general audience. It should, therefore, have the versions that a general audience knows best.
This is a great DVD for anyone wanting to learn to play Lynyrd Skynyrd tunes. Greg Koch is a great instructor. Lynyrd Skynyrd stands as one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time, with strong songs fueled by creative and incendiary guitar work. The triple-guitar onslaught of Allen Collins' Gibson Firebird, Gary Rossington's Les Paul, and Ed King's Fender Stratt (later played by Steve Gaines) created a unique sound. The Learn to play eight classic hits by the great blues rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, all taught to you in note-by-note detail by Greg Koch.
Skynyrd's Innyrds: Their Greatest Hits comes close to being a solid single-disc overview of the Southern rockers' biggest hits, but it falls short in a number of important ways. Most notably, "Free Bird" is not in either its studio or live incarnations; it's presented as an outtake, something that will only be of interest to hardcore Lynyrd Skynyrd fans, just like the outtake of "Double Trouble."
Lynyrd Skynyrd (Box Set) is the first box set released by Lynyrd Skynyrd. It features out-takes, demos and live versions of songs released on their first six albums, Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd, Second Helping, Nuthin' Fancy, Gimme Back My Bullets, One More From the Road and Street Survivors.
Second Helping brought Lynyrd Skynyrd mass success and for the follow-up they offered Nuthin' Fancy. It was a self-deprecating title for a record that may have offered more of the same, at least on the surface, but was still nearly peerless as a Southern rock record. The biggest difference with this record is that the band, through touring, has become heavier and harder, fitting right in with the heavy album rock bands of the mid-'70s. The second notable difference is that Ronnie Van Zant may have been pressed for material, since there are several songs here that are just good generic rockers. But he and Skynyrd prove that what makes a great band great is how they treat generic material…