Lyve: The Vicious Cycle Tour

Lyve: The Vicious Cycle Tour

by Lynyrd Skynyrd

CD

Overview

"Celebrating 30 years of rock 'n' roll," declares a logo on the cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's fifth concert recording, Lyve: The Vicious Cycle Tour, and the anniversary the band seems to have in mind is the one in 2003, the year of the show heard on the disc, looking back to the 1973 release of their debut album Lynyrd Skynyrd (pronounced leh-nerd skin-nerd). To mark the occasion, the group brought in horn and string sections along with cameras and recording equipment (there is also a DVD version) for a July 11, 2003, performance at Amsouth Amphitheater in Antioch, TN. With the 2001 death of bassist Leon Wilkeson (to whom "Simple Man" is dedicated in the show), this edition of Lynyrd Skynyrd features only two of the musicians heard on that first LP, guitarist Gary Rossington and keyboardist Bill Powell. Lead singer Johnny Van Zant suggests there is really a more relevant anniversary when he notes that the band played the venue at the start of its reunion 16 years earlier. In those days, it was billing itself only as a tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd, and it is arguably even more of a tribute band today than it was then. Van Zant, who has now been in the band longer than his deceased older brother Ronnie, is unabashed about playing the cheerleader, declaring more than once that Lynyrd Skynyrd has many great songs, so many, it turns out, that some of them must be condensed into a medley. Several songs from the later version of the band are performed, among them four from 2003's Vicious Cycle album, but the crowd is there to hear the old warhorses, and Lynyrd Skynyrd plays them with the fervor and precision of a group bent on recreating the past. They do not play them with any new wrinkles, however, which means that unlike, say, the Allman Brothers Band, who are starting to follow the Grateful Dead in issuing numerous live albums, they do not justify repeated releases of different performances of the same songs. Lyve: The Vicious Cycle Tour is a souvenir for current fans, and it demonstrates that Lynyrd Skynyrd is maintaining a high standard of performance, but it is otherwise largely a redundant addition to their discography.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/22/2004
Label: Sanctuary Records
UPC: 0060768469921
catalogNumber: 84699

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lynyrd Skynyrd   Primary Artist
Carol Chase   Background Vocals,Group Member
Billy Powell   Keyboards,Group Member
Michael Cartellone   Drums,Group Member
Connie Ellisor   Violin,Leader
Jim Grosjean   Violin
Jim Horn   Leader,Saxophone
Dale Krantz-Rossington   Background Vocals
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Rick Medlocke   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Steve Patrick   Trumpet
Gary Rossington   Guitar,Group Member
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Hughie Thomasson   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Alan Umstead   Violin
Johnny Van Zant   Vocals,Group Member
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
Dale Rossington   Background Vocals,Group Member
Ean Evans   Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Samuel B. Levine   Saxophone
Steve "Boxcar" Traum   Harmonica

Technical Credits

J.J. Cale   Composer
Kooper   Composer
Lynyrd Skynyrd   Producer,Audio Production
Allen Collins   Composer
Steve Gaines   Composer
Connie Ellisor   Arranger
Ben Fowler   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Rodney Gibson   Drum Technician
Ed King   Composer
Rick Medlocke   Composer
Gary Rossington   Composer
Hughie Thomasson   Composer
Johnny Van Zant   Composer
Donnie Van Zant   Composer
Ronnie Van Zant   Composer
Tom Hambridge   Composer
Steve Cross   Engineer
Blair Daly   Composer
Ken Levitan   Executive Producer
Brad Warren   Composer
Tom Fischer   Personal Assistant
Ross Schilling   Executive Producer
Brian Evors   Stage Manager
Robert Burns   Composer

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Lyve: The Vicious Cycle Tour 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're in the mood for some live, modern day Lynyrd Skynyrd, then this CD should do the trick. However, it seems to expand just a tad bit on the 1998 release of "Lyve from Steeltown". In other words, both albums are slightly interchangable. I like "The Vicious Cycle Tour" CD a tad better...as it makes you feel the band is playing live...right there..in your own living room! But had the producers only added two more classic songs: "You Got That Right?" and "Call Me The Breeze", then this album would be solid gold (i.e Five Stars instead of Four). Perhaps even in the realm of Led Zeppelin's 2003 3-CD release: "How The West Was Won" (recorded live back in 1972). When bands start leaving out obvious great songs, then the album tends to suffer. In other words, there's probably thousands of Lynyrd Skynyrd fans out there that would truly love to hear the live versions of the two songs I named above...but sadly, they won't find them on this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having just seen the band 3 times in a week (OK City, Dallas, Houston)play exactly the same set note for note it is pretty obvious that there is zero creativity here. Just the same old songs replayed in the same way as they have been for the last 30 years. LS should have a listen to the Allman Brothers Band (on the same bill as headliners). Their show was different every night.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If "One For/From The Road" or "Lyve From Steeltown" wasnt enough for some reason to prove Skynyrd wasnt the best live band ever for sure, this album will guarantee it. Not only does Skynyrd hit every song on the nail, but they add their blend of new material without missing a step, insuring their legacy of greatness forever. Not like Skynyrd needed to put this album to prove anything already, for they have proven to be the best Southern Rock and I think band of all time. But this just adds more punch with more great music. 5!!!!