Bluesy, Rasping vocals, Southern
""Street Survivor" is an undeniable success that will definitely put Lynyrd Skynyrd on the pedestal of the sure values of Southern Rock."
NICOFRED (24.08.2009)  
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After the tour that gave birth to "One More From The Road", Lynyrd Skynyrd Hhas released a new studio album at his usual pace. The guitarist Steve Gaines has earned his stripes during the band's numerous concerts and "Street Survivor" will easily confirm that this new recruit is a decisive element in the success of this sixth album.

Already a gold record in pre-order only, this major opus, as much in Lynyrd Skynyrd's discography as in the world of rock in general, marks a necessary evolution for the Jacksonville combo. Without really talking about a turning point in the band's career, "Street Survivor" has already got a new sound. Indeed, Al Kooper has taken his leave, replaced by a sound engineer particularly aware of the Southern rock in the person of Tom Dowd. The almost regular producer of the Allmann Brothers Band has managed to bring a touch of modernity to the sound of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

I might as well say it right away, the eight tracks that make up "Street Survivor" are true Southern Blues Rock standards. The guitars rock all over the place around the masterful "That Smell" whose chorus gives the best part to the three female singers now integrated in the band. The brassy atmosphere of "What's Your Name" will make it the introductory song of the shows that Lynyrd Skynyrd will give again at the end of the 80s. The languorous and almost gospel-like "One More Time" marks a slight pause, while a real anthology dedicated to Rock with a capital R is emerging. Faithful to its reputation, Lynyrd Skynyrd swings with force and conviction the sulphurous "You Got That Right". Billy Powell reveals himself in great form by indulging in rock'n'roll piano solos. Steve Gaines' touch invigorated the whole band. His compositions fit perfectly into the repertory of Lynyrd Skynyrd, especially "I Never Dreamed".

This creative and festive effervescence did not suggest the tragic fate of a band in full revival. However, only three days after the release of "Street Survivor", whose illustration only foreshadowed the worst, some would say after the accident, on this sinister October 20, 1977, the plane transporting the group crashed in a swampy area of Mississippi. Three members of the group died on the spot. Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and his sister Cassie Gaines as well as the manager of the time Dean Kilpatrick. The other musicians were seriously injured. A long period of silence followed for Lynyrd Skynyrd, although the survivors tried with more or less success to set up some solo projects (Gary Rossington, Artimus Pyle, Allen Collins).

As a unique studio testimony of the Ronnie Van Zant / Steve and Cassie Gaines era, "Street Survivor" definitely marks the end of a great epic for Southern rock. The group who has been playing together since 1964 was more than exhausted and had to take a good ten years off before coming back on stage. It was not until 1991 that a new album was released under the Lynyrd Skynyrd banner. The destiny has thus decided and "Street Survivor" will remain forever the most paradoxical record of the band. An uncontested success which will definitively put Lynyrd Skynyrd on the robust pedestal of the inevitable sure values of Southern Rock. The best tribute to pay to the dead members, even thirty or forty years after this disastrous event, is obviously to listen again to this masterpiece impervious to the whims of time... "Rock Will Never Die"

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01. What's Your Name - 3:33
02. That Smell - 5:48
03. One More Time - 5:03
04. I Know A Little - 3:27
05. You Got That Right - 3:47
06. I Never Dreamed - 5:22
07. Honky Tonk Night Time Man - 4:04
08. Ain't No Good Life - 4:43
09. Georgia Peaches (bonus) - 3:15
10. Sweet Little Missy (bonus) - 5:10
11. You Got That Right (bonus) - 3:26
12. I Never Dreamed (bonus) - 4:55
13. Jacksonville Kid (bonus) - 4:03

Allen Collins: Guitares
Artimus Pyle: Batterie
Billy Powell: Claviers
Cassie Gaines: Chant, Choeurs
Gary Rossington: Guitares
Jo Billingsley: Chant, Choeurs
Leon Wilkeson: Basse
Leslie Hawkins: Chant, Choeurs
Ronnie Van Zant: Chant
Steve Gains: Guitares
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