Lynyrd Skynyrd remain a live powerhouse even after the July death of founding member Leon Wilkeson. The band has dates booked in the South through the middle of the month, and its classic 1976 concert album One More From the Road is being reissued Tuesday with 10 bonus tracks.
Twenty-five years after its original release, the album holds up as one of the finer recordings of passionate, high-energy live Southern rock. And while Lynyrd Skynyrd had only three albums under their bullet-studded belts when they released One More From the Road, the double-disc album is packed with such classic-rock staples as "Free Bird," "Sweet Home Alabama," "Saturday Night Special" and "Gimme Three Steps."
The reissued set includes previously unreleased alternate takes of "Searching," "I Ain't the One" and "Introduction/Workin' for MCA," according to a publicist. The record also features alternate recordings of "Free Bird," "Call Me the Breeze," "Gimme Three Steps" and the Robert Johnson song "Crossroads" first released in 2000 on Skynyrd Collectybles, and "Simple Man" from 1987's Legend.
Kevin Elson, the band's original live sound engineer, remixed the album and added additional audience interaction. The group also used Allen Collins' original "Free Bird" guitar solo rather than the classic solo overdubbed on the original record, since the two-inch master tape of the overdubbed version was unavailable, the record's publicist said.
The year after One More From the Road was released, vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, his sister and backing singer, Cassie Gaines, and the band's road manager were killed in a plane crash while traveling between shows in Greenville, South Carolina, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. At the time, the band was touring to support its 1977 album, Street Survivors.