Nuthin' Fancy [Bonus Tracks]

Nuthin' Fancy [Bonus Tracks]

by Lynyrd SkynyrdLynyrd Skynyrd


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Second Helping brought Lynyrd Skynyrd mass success and for the follow-up they offered Nuthin' Fancy. It was a self-deprecating title for a record that may have offered more of the same, at least on the surface, but was still nearly peerless as a Southern rock record. The biggest difference with this record is that the band, through touring, has become heavier and harder, fitting right in with the heavy album rock bands of the mid-'70s. The second notable difference is that Ronnie Van Zant may have been pressed for material, since there are several songs here that are just good generic rockers. But he and Skynyrd prove that what makes a great band great is how they treat generic material, and Skynyrd makes the whole of Nuthin' Fancy feel every bit as convincing as their first two records. For one, the record has a rawer edge than Second Helping, which helps make the slight preponderance of predictable (but not bad) material easy to accept, since it all sounds so good. Then there's the fact that many of these eight songs still showcase Van Zant at the top of his game, whether it's the storming opener "Saturday Night Special," "Railroad Song," "On the Hunt," or the rollicking "Whiskey Rock-a-Roller." Yes, this does pale in comparison with its predecessors, but most hard rock bands would give their left arm for a record that swaggers and hits as hard as Nuthin' Fancy. [The 1999 MCA reissue adds a pair of bonus tracks: live versions of "Railroad Song" and "On the Hunt."]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/03/1999
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811202422
catalogNumber: 12024
Rank: 16753

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lynyrd Skynyrd   Primary Artist
Kooper   Organ,Percussion,Piano,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer
Allen Collins   Organ,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Soloist
Jimmy Hall   Harp,Soloist
Artimus Pyle   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Billy Powell   Piano,Keyboards
Bobbye Hall   Percussion
Ed King   Acoustic Guitar,10-string Guitar,Slide Guitar,Fills,Moog Bass
Gary Rossington   Acoustic Guitar,Soloist
Ronnie Van Zant   Vocals
Leon Wilkeson   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Barry Harwood   Dobro,Mandolin
Jimmy Hall & the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Collective   Harp

Technical Credits

Kooper   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Artimus Pyle   Contributor
Billy Powell   Composer
Lee Kiefer   Remixing
Ed King   Composer
Rodney Mills   Engineer
Ronnie Van Zant   Composer
Steve Kessler   Reissue Design
Ron O'Brien   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Jeff Lancaster   Reissue Design

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