Freebird: The Movie/Tribute Tour [DVD] review by Lynyrd Skynyrd

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  • Released: Dec 18, 2001
  • Sound: 10
  • Content: 10
  • Production Quality: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.7 (3 votes)
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Freebird: The Movie/Tribute Tour [DVD]

Sound — 10
From ripping vocals to blistering guitar solos and duels, catchy riffs to revealing interviews this DVD has everything a Skynyrd fan could ask for. If you're a fan of rock n roll live, long and loud then this is a great DVD to put on and turn up the volume. Lynyrd Skynyrd is known for loud, rowdy, Southern raunchy roll sound and their unique sound is captured live at its best in these two movies, Freebird the Movie and The Tribute Tour. Their relentless Torture Tours broke attendance records everywhere as they were known for their driving energy and powerful performances. With the performances captured on this DVD we can relive some of Lynyrd Skynyrd's finest work and most admirable moments.

Content — 10
This disc features 2 different parts both over an hour and a half each. The first part is Freebird the Movie. Freebird the Movie is a collection of some of the bands finest live performances and biggest concerts from 1976 until the fatal plane crash in October of 1977. The era in which these performances were recorded is considered the height of Lynyrd Skynyrd's success and these performances are often described as electric. These shows are some of the last shows played with the original line-up and original sound. In between certain songs there are also short clips of interviews with the band and family and friends of the band. Set List: 01. Workin' For Mca/I Ain't The One 02. Saturday Night Special 03. Searchin' 04. What's Your Name 05. Whiskey Rock-A-Roller 06. Travellin' Man 07. Gimme Three Steps 08. That Smell 09. Gimme Back My Bullets 10. Cry For The Bad Man 11. Call Me The Breeze 12. T For Texas 13. Sweet Home Alabama 14. Free Bird The second part of this disc is the Tribute Tour. This takes you onstage and behind the scenes of the famous Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Tour in October of 1987. After a decade of being disbanded, Lynyrd Skynyrd regroups with some familiar faces and some new members. This reunion tour features the surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrd as well as a few new members trying to fill the places of those who are no longer able to perform with the group. Johnny Van Zant steps in for his older brother Ronnie Van Zant on vocals. In addition to that, Randall Hall steps in for Allen Collins (who was paralyzed at the time) on guitar and Ed King also rejoins Lynyrd Skynyrd on guitar after leaving the band in 1975. The Tribute Tour also features short clips of interviews with the band and family of friends of the band sharing their memories of the deceased members and their thoughts on the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Altogether, there are a lot more behind the scenes clips in the Tribute Tour than in Freebird: The Movie. Set List: 01. Introduction by Charlie Daniels (Narrated by Charlie Daniels) 02. Gimme Three Steps 03. Saturday Night Special 04. Simple Man 05. Working For MCA 06. I Ain't The One 07. I Know A Little 08. Gimme Back My Bullets 09. What's Your Name 10. That Smell 11. The Ballad Of Curtis Lowe 12. Call Me The Breeze (featuring special guest Charlie Daniels on guitar) 13. Dixie/Sweet Home Alabama 14. Free Bird

Production Quality — 9
Overall, the production quality is great as far as the sound goes. Everything sounds clear and understandable and I have no complaints about that. Most of Freebird the Movie is in color with the exception of only a few performances in black and white. Sometimes the screen gets a bit fuzzy in the black and white performances, but it's nothing too extreme and not something to worry about. It doesn't get in the way of enjoying the outstanding music and lively performances. The Tribute Tour is all in color and I have absolutely no complaints about the sound quality or picture quality.

Overall Impression — 10
I am very pleased with this disc. I love that there are two great Skynyrd movies on one disc and over three hours of entertainment altogether. There is nothing at all to hate about it, everything is great and really captures the band's best moments. Out of both of the movies on this disc I must say that Freebird the Movie is my favorite, as I tend to be more of a fan of the original line-up. I own every DVD that Skynyrd ever put out and out of all of them this one is the one I value the most. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is a fan of rock and roll and looking for some lively performances and fiery guitar work. If this were stolen I would without a doubt replace it as soon as possible. I watch it all the time and can't see myself without it.

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    Took me quite a while to read, but I was riveted the whole time. This is really high quality work Aig, great job!