Yet another Lynyrd Skynyrd compilation -- as if there weren't already plenty -- not that there are that many available anymore, since CDs go out of print so quickly now. Gold
is a bit different, though, in its bid to become a definitive double-disc overview. First of all there is the sound. Everything here has been remastered in 24-bit digital, so it's wonderful. Next, of course, is the track listing. "Free Bird" has a version on each disc. On disc one, the original studio version appears; on disc two, at the very end, is the extended live version issued on One More from the Road
. The live version of "Gimme Back My Bullets" that's here was issued only on a white-label promo. OK, everything the somewhat-more-than-casual Skynyrd fan would want is here, from "Sweet Home Alabama," their first hit, to the still-startling read of J.J. Cale
's "Call Me the Breeze," to the original recorded version of "Comin' Home," which was originally issued on The Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd
. "Workin' for the MCA," is here, as is "Saturday Night Special," "Swamp Music," "What's Your Name," the live version of "Whiskey Rock-A-Roller" from One More from the Road
, there's the really killer demo of "Four Walls of Raiford" that was only released on the box set, so more casual listeners will get a chance to hear this wonderful cut. But then the rest of the hits are here too: "Tuesday's Gone," "That Smell," "You Got That Right," and more. Bottom dollar is this: as a two-disc Skynyrd comp, this will be the one to beat; it's solid top to bottom with a few goodies thrown in for measure.