Seventy minutes of primal Skynyrd, kicking out of the same tour that gave us their sensational Old Grey Whistle Test performance, but twice as long and five times as dynamic. "Double Trouble," from the still-unreleased Gimme Back My Bullets, kicks things off with a laconic sting; "The Needle and the Spoon" and "Simple Man" are relentless and, with Nuthin' Fancy still hot on the shelves, "Saturday Night Special" lives up to its namesake with a vengeance.
Even better, the
audience is enthusiastic but not voluble - too many vintage Skynyrd live
recordings are marred by the sound of the crowd, reminding us that the
paying customers were as much a part of the show as the band. Here, it's
the band's show all the way, and Skynyrd have rarely sounded better. There's
a cool "Call Me The Breeze," a funky "T For Texas," and a surprisingly
mellow "Sweet Home Alabama," and, of course, an epic (11-minute) "Free
Bird" to take the night out with the one song that everybody in the venue
knows and loves - and, for the first time, the American listener feels
at home with the Limeys
shocked into silence by one of the band's
most pristine performances of the old chestbeater. -
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