Lynyrd Skynyrd - All Time Greatest Hits

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Number of Discs
1
Release Date
03/14/2000
Artist
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Format
CD / Album
Label / Studio
Barclay / MCA
Duration
01:14:56

Lynyrd Skynyrd's 2000 compilation All Time Greatest Hits suffers from the same ailments that plague many compilations of its time, but there is one problem in particular that hurts it: instead of offering all of the "all time greatest hits" on one disc, the compilers pulled their punches, overlooking a few big songs while occasionally substituting live or acoustic versions for the original studio versions. That means that this is a Skynyrd compilation without the famed original recording of "Free Bird" -- a live version is here instead. It doesn't really matter that it's a good version, taken from 1976's One More from the Road, or that the live version actually charted in the Top 40; nor does it matter that "All I Can Do Is Write About It" is a good acoustic version originally released on the eponymous 1991 box set, because this is a collection made for a general audience. It should, therefore, have the versions that a general audience knows best. Apart from that, and the usual nitpicking over songs that should have been included ("Workin' for MCA," "Don't Ask Me No Questions," etc.), this remains a solid collection, containing most of the Skynyrd material that a casual follower could want. If the double-album Gold & Platinum remains the greater compilation, that's because it captures the essence of the band better. This includes most of the best-known songs on one disc, and that's noteworthy in its own right; it may even be preferable for some listeners. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1) Sweet Home Alabama (04:45)
2) Gimme Three Steps (04:31)
3) Simple Man (05:58)
4) Saturday Night Special (05:11)
5) Swamp Music (03:32)
6) The Ballad of Curtis Lowe (04:52)
7) Call Me the Breeze (05:09)
8) Comin' Home (05:32)
9) Gimme Back My Bullets (03:30)
10) What's Your Name? (03:33)
11) You Got That Right (03:47)
12) All I Can Do Is Write About It (04:24)
13) That Smell (05:49)
14) Free Bird (14:23)

Album
All Time Greatest Hits
Publisher
Universal Distribution
Main Format
CD
Explicit Lyrics
No
Keyword Index
All Time Greatest Hits | Lynyrd Skynyrd