DVD Review: Lynyrd Skynyrd - Pronounced 'Lĕh-nérd 'Skin-nérd & Second Helping: Live from Jacksonville at the Florida Theatre

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Phew! The title of Eagle Rock's latest Lynyrd Skynyrd concert video—Pronounced 'Lĕh-nérd 'Skin-nérd & Second Helping: Live from Jacksonville at the Florida Theatre—is an unwieldy mouthful. But it also presents a great party for fans of the Southern rockers. The 96-minute concert is now available on either DVD (screened for this review), Blu-ray, or a DVD/two-CD set available exclusively at Wal-Mart.

The show presented here offers an irresistible hook for Skynyrd fans: the band performs, in their entirety from start to finish, all the songs from their first two albums, (pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd) (1973) and Second Helping (1974). It makes for an interesting set list, given that all-time classics "Free Bird" (which concluded the '73 album) and "Sweet Home Alabama" (the lead-off track from the '74 release) wind up hitting mid-set.

The Florida Theatre audience is clearly loving every minute of the show, which finds lead vocalist Johnny Van Zant in fine form. The punchy three-piece horn section (Jim Horn: alto sax, Paul Jackson: trumpet, Myles Moore: baritone sax) adds a lot of heft to the band's sound. Even in standard definition, Eagle Rock's audio/visual presentation is solid (the Blu-ray, of course, adds the benefit of lossless DTS-HD surround sound).

Bringing the disc's total running time to nearly two hours, there is a newly-filmed 20-minute interview featurette with that band that gives fans a peek behind the scenes. The "complete first two albums" format means the band digs out some rarely-performed deep cuts. So, even for fans who dutifully pick up every new Skynyrd title, Pronounced 'Lĕh-nérd 'Skin-nérd & Second Helping: Live from Jacksonville at the Florida Theatre delivers a very cool treat.

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Chaz Lipp is a Seattle-based freelance writer whose focus is music and film. As “The Other Chad,” he has written for the online magazine Blogcritics since 2008. When he’s not writing, Chaz can be found trolling jazz clubs, attempting to find somewhere to play his sax (whether anyone wants to hear…

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