Friday, 3 June 2016

What we're listening to. Lynyrd Skynyrd 'One for the Road'


Now this is one for the roof down, summer sun. Classic Southern Rock (the Band were from Florida) and a live Album from 1976. They were always known as a scorching live Band.

Of course, the Band were famous for 'Freebird' (it's here) and actually better 'Sweet Home Alabama' written in response to Neil Young's 'Southern Man' ("well I hope Neil Young does remember, Southern man don't need him around, anyhow"). It's here too.

Other tracks to look out for are 'Tuesday's Gone', 'Gimme three steps', 'Call me the breeze' and 'Give me a T for Texas'....but it's all fairly rocking. Bit of a classic.

Lead singer Ronnie Van Zandt, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines were of course, all killed in a plane crash subsequently (obviously) in 1977. Maybe it's an urban myth, but we always heard that Ronnie survived the crash and crawled to a house where he was shot dead by a disturbed neighbour.

Officially, they were travelling from a gig in South Carolina to Louisana in a private charter, a Convair (so reminiscent of the great Stevie Ray after a Clapton gig too).

They ran out of fuel (the fuel gauge malfunctioned) and crashed after attempting an emergency landing, but clipped some trees, in Mississippi. 

6 were killed, 20 survived. The plane was to be bought by Aerosmith but rejected by them, because of lack of confidence in the aircraft and the crew. 

But reading the NTSB Report, it's likely that it was a combination of poor flight planning causing them to run out of fuel.

Still, get the record.

And we know you might not agree but we love this version by Kid Rock with the Band, of Warren Zevon's 'Werewolves' and 'Sweet home' but notably this live version. At 3.27 the hairs stand up. Turn it up!




Previous "listen to's" you'll also find on this blog (you can search them in the Search top left on the Blog)......Marvin Gaye 'Whats goin on'; Mercury Rev 'Deserters Songs'; Dave Matthews 'Crash'; Beyonce 'Lemonade'; Prince 'Sign O the times'; Daft Punk 'Random Access Memories'; Amy Winehouse 'Back to Black';Police 'Outlandos D'Amour'; Michael Jackson 'Off the Wall'; Carole King 'Tapestry'; Beatles 'Red Album'; Sex Pistols 'Never mind the Bollocks'; Sam Cooke 'Live at Harlem Square'; The Doors 'LA Woman'; Thin Lizzy 'Live & Dangerous'; Kendrick Lamarr 'Butterfly'; Aretha Franklin 'Amazing Grace'; Clapton '461'; Massive Attack 'Blue Lines'; The Clash 'London Calling'; Chris Isaak 'At The Filmore'; Bob Dylan 'Street Legal'; Bad Company 'Straight Shooter'; Jackson Browne 'Love is Strange'; Lou Reed 'Transformer'; Steely Dan 'AJA'; Stones 'Black+Blue'; Stephen Bishop 'Careless'; Nils Lofgren 'Night after Night'; Mike Oldfield 'Tubular Bells'; Neil Young 'Harvest'; Led Zep '4'; David Bowie 'David Live'; Van Morrison 'It's too late to stop now'; Wings 'Band on the Run'; Rod Stewart 'Atlantic Crossing'; Ryan Adams 'Heartbreaker'; Santana 'Essential'; Bob Dylan 'Desire'; Roxy Music 'For your pleasure'; Bob Marley 'Legend'; Stephen Fretwell 'Magpie'; James Taylor 'Sweet Baby James'; Deep Purple 'Machine Head'; Springsteen 'Darkness on the edge of town'; Leon Bridges 'Coming Home'; Eagles 'Hotel California'; Jungle; Aretha 'Soul Queen'; Neil Young 'After the Goldrush' ; Zappa 'Overnite Sensation'; Fleetwood Mac 'Rumours'; Keith Jarrett 'Koln Concert'; Doobies 'Southbound'; Stevie Earle 'I feel Alright'; Tom Waits 'Closing Time'; Pink Floyd 'Dark Side'; Van Morrison 'Moondance'; Eric Church 'Caught in the Act'; Randy Newman 'Little Criminals'; Elton John 'Madman across the water'; Patti Smith 'Horses'; Doobies 'Captain and Me'; Steely Dan 'Can't Buy a Thrill'.