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Lynyrd Skynyrd

Sweet Home Alabama: The Rockpalast Collection DVD

Review by Gary Hill

Say what you will about the genre of Southern rock, but you really have to concede that Lynyrd Skynyrd were the kings of the style of music. This DVD captures both the old version of the band and a more modern incarnation in live concert performances. It doesn’t matter which version of the group, these guys rock!

The bulk of the set is taken up by the newer footage. This is from 1996 and shows a group that has risen from the ashes of tragedy and still manages to be a vital powerhouse band. These guys purely rock the stage and the recording and video are quite strong here. They should be because this is recent footage. If you’ve never checked out the reincarnation of the band, have no fear – they still rule the world of Southern rock.

We get footage of the original lineup (pre-plane crash) with the bonus tracks. Unfortunately there are only three of these and the video and sound quality (as might be expected) aren’t at the level of the newer footage. Still, this is good, just not great in terms of videography. The performance on the other hand is top-notch. The set list (“Working For MCA,” “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama”) is certainly about the best you could get for 1974 Skynyrd if you only had to pick three songs. This rare footage alone is worth the price of admission here, but the whole set is great.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2008  Volume 6 at

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