This is one of the all time greatest albums in classic rock history.  I’ve always loved the rugged southern sound of Skynyrd and this album shows them in their prime, at their greatest.  This is the third installment in the Lynyrd Skynyrd catalog despite the title Second Helping and many discography’s listed online.

I’m reviewing the remastered version that was released in 1997.Lynyrd Skynyrd Second Helping

This version is not only remastered but comes with a few cool bonus tracks that add to the excellence of the album.

We’ll start with a track by track review…

  1. Sweet Home Alabama – Not really anything I can say about this song that hasn’t already been said.  It’s one of the most popular songs of all time and the opening guitar riff and count off set an immediate mood of happy go lucky partying.
  2. I Need You – A surprising love ballad that not only hits the heart but also rocks with that southern funk.
  3. Don’t Ask Me No Questions – A song about the band members going back home and getting grilled with questions from people in their hometown.  Upbeat and excellent.
  4. Workin’ For MCA – A funky riff and a driving pace make this song standout.  Ronnie puts some real soul into the song through his vocals which makes this a great road song.  The searing guitar solos also add to the groove factor.
  5. The Ballad Of Curtis Loew – This is by far my all time favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd song.  This song has always resonated with me and whenever I hear it, I crank it up and sing every word.  A softer emotional song about an old southern Dobro player who would hang around, drink wine, and play tunes.
  6. Swamp Music – Classic funky Skynyrd with awesome guitar solos, punches with the keys, and strong vocals.  A classic down South song, that’s for sure.
  7. The Needle And The Spoon – With a guitar riff that slightly models Sweet Alabama with a bit darker of a sound, this song doesn’t disappoint.  About doing heroin and it driving whoever does it to the grave.
  8. Call Me The Breeze – A well known groove tune for Skynyrd.  A rightly fitting Southern Swamp tune written by Cajun style rocker JJ Cale and covered by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
  9. Don’t Ask Me No Questions (Single Version) (Bonus Track) – Originally released as the “A” side of the “Sounds Of The South” single on April 15th, 1974.  Great version comparable with the album version.
  10. Was I Right Or Wrong (Demo Version) (Bonus Track) – Previously unreleased track from the Sounds of the South Demo.  A softer and bluesy kind of song.  An excellent addition to this album.  The course rocks.  Even being a demo, it fits in perfectly on this album and the quality is excellent.
  11. Take Your Time (Bonus Track) – Previously unreleased track from the Sounds of the South Demo.  Awesome work on the keys by Billy and funky guitar riffs give this an old time Cajun feel to it.  Ronnie’s vocals carry this theme throughout the song.  Gives you the feel of something you would possibly hear in in a New Orleans club.

This  album get’s a much deserved five out of five stars and has certainly gone down in history as one of the best Lynyrd Skynyrd albums of all time.   All of the Lynyrd Skynyrd albums have been re-released remastered with a few bonus tracks which I enjoy.  This release is an excellent addition to any rock or classic rock enthusiast and gets tons of play from me.

5 Star Chris Elliott Rated

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Until the next review,

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