Of course, being that this was taped in 1996 it goes without saying this isn't the original line-up. Following the tragic 1977 plane crash that claimed the lives of Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, and Cassie Gaines, the band seemed to come to an end. A reunion with key surviving members was initially meant as a one-off tribute, but over the years we've gotten a lot more music from various configurations of Lynyrd Skynyrd. The '96 show features a lineup consisting of: Johnny Van Zant (vocals), Gary Rossington (guitar), Rickey Medlocke (guitar, vocals), Hughie Thomasson (guitar), Billy Powell (keys), Leon Wilkeson (bass), Owen Hale (drums), Dale Krantz-Rossington and Carol Chase (backing vocals).
The really cool bonus, however, arrives near the end of the second disc: three live cuts recorded at the Hamburg Musikhalle on December 5, 1974. From this rare show we hear "Workin' for MCA," "Free Bird," and "Sweet Home Alabama." Though the fidelity isn't equal to the crystal clear audio from the '96 show, the historical import is evident. This original lineup included: Ronnie Van Zant (vocals), Gary Rossington (guitar), Allen Collins (guitar, vocals), Ed King (guitar), Billy Powell (keys), Leon Wilkeson (bass), and Bob Burns (drums).
Sweet Home Alabama Tracklist: