Wim S. : The best and biggest southern rock band of all time is without a doubt Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band from Jacksonville, Florida was founded in the early 70s and has a past with a lot of highs and lows. To learn more about the band, I recommend watching a documentary about the band and its past. The stories about Ronny van Zant, about everything that went wrong with the gentlemen but (fortunately) also the successes and highlights: those are more than just footnotes in rock music. In front of me is the umpteenth collection album of the band. This time the document is called 'Collected' and there are no less than three CDs in it. And it must be said; it does not get much more complete than this.
Yes, it is a fairly comprehensive and therefore complete overview of the oeuvre of the band. And my god, if you just look at all the songs on the first two CD’s of this set, you realize how many great songs this band has written. From 'Tuesday's Gone' to 'Gimme Three Steps' and from 'Sweet Home Alabama' to 'Call Me The Breeze': it's all Skynyrd's material. On the first two CDs of this box are songs from all studio albums of the band (and yes, also from later albums like 'God And Guns' and' Last Of A Dyin 'Breed') and it is CD3 that is especially interesting for true fans. There you will find demo versions of 'Tuesday's Gone' (a version of almost eight minutes), one of the first versions of 'Freebird' (beautiful) and the original of 'I Ain’t The One'. And also some great live recordings, varying from Knebworth to the Fox Theater in Atlanta. And we all know that Skynyrd live is even a better band than on their records. Unbelievably good. Once again, I recommend bands like Blackberry Smoke to listen to this box, so that they realize that they are still miles away from that level.