Thursday, May 8, 2008

Lynyrd Skynyrd Second Helping

Second Helping is a 1974 (see 1974 in music) album by Lynyrd Skynyrd. It was the band's second album, and featured their biggest hit single, "Sweet Home Alabama", an answer song to Neil Young's "Southern Man" and "Alabama". The song reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in August 1974. Second Helping also featured "The Ballad of Curtis Loew," "Don't Ask Me No Questions," "Workin' for MCA," and "Call Me the Breeze," the latter of which includes an acclaimed piano solo.

The album reached #12 on the Billboard Album charts, eventually becoming multi-platinum.

1. "Sweet Home Alabama" (Ed King / Gary Rossington / Ronnie Van Zant) – 4:43
2. "I Need You" (Ed King / Gary Rossington / Ronnie Van Zant) – 6:55
3. "Don't Ask Me No Questions" (Gary Rossington / Ronnie Van Zant) – 3:26
4. "Workin' For MCA" (Ed King / Ronnie Van Zant) – 4:49
5. "The Ballad of Curtis Loew" (Allen Collins / Ronnie Van Zant) – 4:51
6. "Swamp Music" (Ed King / Ronnie Van Zant) – 3:31
7. "The Needle And The Spoon" (Allen Collins / Ronnie Van Zant) – 3:53
8. "Call Me The Breeze" (J.J.Cale) – 5:09
9. "Don't Ask Me No Questions (Single Version)" (Gary Rossington / Ronnie Van Zant) – 3:31
10. "Was I Right Or Wrong (Sounds of the South Demo)"* (Gary Rossington / Ronnie Van Zant) – 5:33
11. "Take Your Time (Sounds of the South Demo)" (Ronnie Van Zant / Ed King) – 7:29

* notes previously unreleased tracks.

* Ronnie Van Zant - lead & backing vocals, J&B
* Gary Rossington - Gibson Les Paul - guitar
* Allen Collins - Gibson Firebird - guitar
* Ed King - Fender Stratocaster - guitar, slide guitar, rhythm & bass on "I Need You"
* Billy Powell - keyboards
* Leon Wilkeson - Gibson Thunderbird - bass
* Bob Burns - drums except '"I Need You"

Additional:

* Mike Porter - drums on "I Need You"
* Clydie King - background vocals on "Sweet Home Alabama"
* Merry Clayton & Friends - background vocals on "Sweet Home Alabama"
* Bobby Keys, Trewor Lawrence & Steve Madiao - horns on "Don't Ask me no questions" & "Call Me The Breeze"
* Al Kooper - backing vocals, piano on "Don't Ask..." & "The Ballad Of Curtis Loew", also producer

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