Wim S. : Just a few months ago, the great overview document 'Collected' by Lynyrd Skynyrd was released and now we're rejoicing with 'Live In Atlantic City', a CD (and DVD) release of one of the biggest southern rock bands ever. This summer I was in the south of the United States and I saw with my own eyes how great this band still is over there. 'Sweet Home Alabama' is still among the most played songs on American radio in 2018. And rightly so! And the band has a whole load more great songs. Ed King, one of the guitarists of the band, passed away last week; Ed can join a considerable number of Skynyrd musicians who have already died. In that respect, it is really a band that has fallen a lot and has risen again just as often. Just go and see the documentary 'Gone With The Wind' (also on Netflix) and you know what I'm talking about.
Unfortunately I did not receive the DVD or Blu-Ray so I can only say something about the music. But believe me, that is not a punishment. On this live registration from Atlantic City we hear a lot of well known, old songs of course. Then I'm talking about songs like 'Working For MCA' and Gimme Three Steps'. It becomes especially interesting when a few guest musicians appear. We hear Hank Williams Jr. ('Down South Jukin') but also Bo Bice in a fantastic version of 'Gimme Back My Bullets'. It gets really exciting and great fun when 3 Doors Down appears on stage to play along. Then we not only hear the Skynyrd classic 'That Smell' but also the monster hit of 3 Doors Down 'Kryptonite', which after a Skynyrd treatment turns out to be a more than nice tune. The vocal cords by Johnny van Zant and the guitars by Rick Medlocke and others give that song the right southern feel. With all guests on stage the show is concluded with two inevitable songs, namely 'Call Me The Breeze' (jesus, what a great song that still is) and 'Sweet Home Alabama' (has the status of a national hymn, at least for the South of the US). Skynyrd themselves finally close out with a long version of 'Free Bird' which also gives me goose bumps. A must for the serious lover of southern rock as it was once intended.