Monday, November 30, 2015

Lynyrd Skynyrd & Friends 1978 All Star Southern Jam

Genre: Southern Rock
Rate: 256 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:59:22
Size: 108,64 MB

United States

Following the tragic LYNYRD SKYNYRD plane crash of October 1977, chances of any sort of musical reunion of the surviving members looked slim. Leon Wilkeson had suffered internal injuries so devastating that doctors had initially declared him dead at the scene of the crash. Allen Collins had such severe injuries to his right arm that the limb almost had to be amputated. Gary Rossington had also suffered terrible injuries in the crash, breaking both arms, both legs, both wrists, both ankles and his pelvis. Only Artimus Pyle and Billy Powell were deemed to be well enough to be released from the hospital within two weeks of the crash.

However, Charlie Daniels gave new hope to fans in January 1979, when he announced "Lynyrd Skynyrd is back!" on the stage at his 5th Annual Volunteer Jam at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium. Skynyrd took to the stage & performed the J.J. Cale song 'Call Me The Breeze', with Taz DiGregorio from the CHARLIE DANIELS BAND on vocals, and an instrumental version of 'Freebird', with a spotlight on Ronnie Van Zant's hat hanging on a microphone stand.

Collins, Rossington, Powell and Pyle performed both songs with DiGregorio, Charlie Daniels and CDB bassist Charlie Hayward. Leon Wilkeson, who was still undergoing physical therapy for his badly broken left arm, was unable to play, but was in attendance along with Judy Van Zant, Teresa Gaines, JoJo Billingsley and Leslie Hawkins. The show featured other Skynyrd related tributes including 'Grey Ghost', a tribute to Ronnie Van Zant by the HENRY PAUL BAND, and 'Reflections' by the Charlie Daniels Band.

In late 1978, in preparation for this tentative return to the stage, the surviving members of Skynyrd had begun rehearsing at Studio One in Doraville, Georgia for the first time since the crash. As time passed, word got round that the band were working at Studio One, and many of their long-time musician friends began to drop by to catch up & wish them well. This led to lengthy late night jam sessions with a revolving cast of musical well-wishers stopping in to join in, and helping the Skynyrd guys shake off the rust from their time away. Participants included members of some of Southern Rock's best known bands, including members of THE OUTLAWS, THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, WET WILLIE & THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND.

These jams started sounding so good that it was decided to record events over a few of these sessions, although it's unclear whether it was planned to commercially release the recordings.

The unofficial album 'All Star Southern Jam 1978' , credited to Lynyrd Skynyrd & Friends, is culled from these sessions, with some tracks featuring introductions by Gary Rossington & Allen Collins which were recorded for a later radio broadcast of the session highlights. The album concludes with the emotional 12 minute instrumental version of 'Freebird' recorded in January 1979 at the 5th Annual Volunteer Jam.


01 - Cocaine 08:18

02 - Reflections 06:13

03 - Southbound 05:01

04 - I Don't Want To Go Down There 03:47

05 - That's The Way I Want It To Be 05:29

06 - Sing Another Country Song 05:04

07 - Ain't That Loving You Baby 05:01

08 - Call Me The Breeze 07:56

09 - Freebird (Live) 12:33

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rintesh said...

Very interesting lineup. Thanks for posting.

The Bluesgambler said...

rintesh you are welcome. Glad to see you still here after so many years!

Jim MacFee said...

Hate to ask again so quickly as you already posted Big Mama for me today, but is there any chance I could request you to repost Skynyrd & Friends '78 All-star Jam. Thanks again, Jim

The Bluesgambler said...

Post has 1 working link again. Don't hesitate to ask for missing links again, if you find some.