Monday, August 6, 2018
LYNYRD SKYNYRD: Collected
Label: Universal 2018
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
Lynyrd Skynyrd - The band that during their golden era (the hairy seventies) ruled over all the hillbilly rednecks and white trash people in the states. It's all just a wee bit tacky. They were constantly flying/waving the Confederate flag as well as proudly proclaiming that 'the south will rise again' while playing the classic numbers of Sweet Home Alabama and Free Bird. Heck. You could buy t-shirts and various merch featuring the band's logo and their proclaimed statement. Rock heroes or basically just a bunch of not-so-good people? Or both? So what if the last original member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, abandoning the Confederate flag signified the band cutting its ties to racism in 2012, they were still using it on stage and at various locations..
Universal Music releases a 3CD set entitled Collected and it's the same old songs as ever before. Nothing new or completely unreleased songs. Business as usual? Sure, there are some early recordings, demo versions and various rare-ish live recordings to be found on the third and final disc. However, it's mostly stuff that die-hard fans already have. I guess it's mostly intended towards the next generation and finding new hillbilly and white redneck people out there. Do I enjoy some of these songs? Absolutely. Do I find the whole "Southern Rock" a bit too Trump-ish? Absolutely.