The placing of Ronnie's hat on the mic stand for Freebird places context on the cost of the music that will always be the heart of Lynyrd Skynyrd. All of the classic Skynyrd tunes are here as far as hits go. This new version of Skynyrd has evolved into the current version of Skynyd that is still performing and touring today. This is a must have for any Skynyrd fan or anyone that is curious about what these guys were really like as a band. First is Freebird the movie.
Yeah, the video footage is dated. While I might have preferred a little less chatter over the live performance, that which is left intact is brilliant. Compression issues are nowhere to be found, as both features are well transferred here, though there is some aliasing present on both. Listen, if you are sitting on anything better we can watch of the original Skynyrd, then by all means start whining. My wife is from a small town in Mississippi, about 30 miles from the crash site. They put a lot of guitar work into it, and extend it out for about 10 minutes or so. Overall, this is a great dvd to have especially for any Skynyrd fan or Southern Rock Fan.
Both movies are excellent copies with great sound. The band is in top form, with Ronnie Van Zant's haunting stage presence anchoring the triple guitar assault of Gary Rossington, Allen Collins and Steve Gaines. This is a piece of Rock and Roll history well worth having. Collins served as musical director for the tour, picking setlists and making cameo appearances onstage. Behind-the-scenes footage, captured on Super 8, also weaves into the story of the band prior to the tragedy that would await them.
The movie also shows early raw footage and precious although too short interviews with Ronnie Van Zant. Their next effort, Second Helping, would hit gold again, led by their answer to Neil Young's Southern Man, in another Lynyrd Skynyrd staple Sweet Home Alabama. The live footage is intercut and overdubbed with interviews of those who lost their lives, and from the surviving members and their families. As the live performances featured in Freebird: The Movie were recorded in the mid 1970s, fidelity is acceptable, but not outstanding. There is no surround sound.
If you want vintage footage of lynyrd skynyrd in there prime, this dvd is it. It includes most of their concert performance at the Knebworth Music Festival in England during 1976. Y'all com back now, ya hear? Two of the three surviving members have reformed the band and added Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlock of Blackfoot fame and one of the founders of the band The Outlaws. That's where I got mine, and I love it, especially for dvds just like this one. If you like Lynyrd Skynyrd, I recommend these 2 dvds, especially the original one from 1977, very sad what happened with the plane crash,I'll never forget it, I was a junior in high school, had just bought tickets to see them in Birmingham, the sound quality on this dvd is very good, I would recommend it First of all, this is a region 2 dvd, it will not play on region 1 U. Extras Grade: D- Final CommentsWith over 36 million albums sold, Lynyrd Skynyrd have become a legend in the history of Southern rock music. Call Me the Breeze 12.
Not only that, the music rocked! So that makes me happy to see. Travellin' Man This one includes excellent slide guitar work by Gary Rossington 8. You also get the Tribute Tour video in this package. It's refreshing to see a live band that can play more than one or two songs. This three-guitar lineup got its name from that of a former gym coach of Collins, Rossington and Van Zant, who were in high school together. Instruments are fairly clear, though there is some strange perceptual issues with guitars occupying parts of the stereo field that don't correspond to the image—most notably Steve Gaines' parts, which sit at extreme left while he plays center or stage right. The background from the band's parents adds depth to the feature, as does the backstage and behind-the-scenes episodes captured.
That is the closest to original Lynyrd Skynyrd as you could get at that time, and a lot closer than you will get now when you go to see the band. The energy is electric and the performance outstanding. Guitars come through loud and clear, as do Johnny Van Zant's vocals. Ultimately though, it was Johnny who was deemed to be the best replacement for his brother. Tribute Tour was filmed in 1987, ten years after tragedy destroyed the band. The documentary gives an excellent history and story of the band up until the plane crash. As someone who is a novice, and simply wanted to know more about the band, and see them perform, this is what I have to say; First off, you have to understand that this was shot on or before 1977.
Some of the footage showing their neighborhoods on the West side of town brought back so many memories for me of a place I haven't seen now for many years. This movie brings the people themselves right into your house. Truly great and truly original. Despite some technical deficiencies in both the image and the sound quality, Freebird: The Movie presents Lynyrd Skynyrd for who they were: a hard working band whose rise to fame didn't change their down home, personal character. Moved by the loyalty and reaction of the fans, the band elected to add a second leg which ran through the summer of 1988.
The spirit, the magic, and the music continue! What I saw was a bunch of young guys barely in their 20s having the time of their lives up on the stage. Orders to international addresses are dispatched from the United Kingdom. As the credits rolled, I noticed that the shows were filmed in Sacramento at Cal Expo. In the Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band, you had five original band members. That album would break the Top 10, and become the band's third consecutive gold record, on the strength of the single Saturday Night Special. Then it proceeds into live performances, of some of the Lynyrd Skynryd classic songs. You also get some footage from their last album before Ron died.