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Second Helping

 1974 (2001)

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Second Helping Review

Second Helping review

Lynyrd Skynyrd's debut album was a success. Their follow-up, Second Helping, is slightly better as their songwriting improved, and they added a quality third guitarist/composer, Ed King. He played bass on various studio tracks for them in the past. His addition to the band as a guitarist added a nice tone to their sound, as his Fender Stratocaster, complements Allen Collins Gibson Firebird, and Gary Rossington's Gibson Les Paul, giving great balance to their sound.

Nowhere can Ed King's addition to the band show their improvement to the line up more than in their classic "Sweet Home Alabama," a song primarily composed by him.  It became an immediate radio hit for the band. Second Helping is not an album with one hit and a bunch of throwaways, but is strong throughout. They incorporated horns fairly successfully on "Don't Ask Me No Questions." The song "The Ballad of Cutis Loew" is a nice slide driven ballad that has a nice tone and melodic nature to it. Their anti drug song, "The Needle and the Spoon," is a classic from the opening harmonics, to the crunchy riffs, and Clapton influenced guitar solo, all contributing to this songs success. A careful listen to their song "Working for MCA's" ending solo, and you'll notice inferences to "Free Bird."

Second Helping is a great album, one of Lynyrd Skynyrd's best. The remastered version includes three additional tracks. by Barry Small
Grade  A -

Second Helping  Song List
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1. Sweet Home Alabama - (King / Rossington / Van Zant) 4:42 
2. I Need You -  6:54
3. Don't Ask Me No Questions (Rossington / Van Zant) - 3:24
4. Workin' for MCA (King / Van Zant)  - 4:46
5. The Ballad of Curtis Loew (Collins / Van Zant) - 4:45
6. Swamp Music (King / Van Zant) - 3:29
7. The Needle and the Spoon (Collins / Van Zant) - 3:52
8. Call Me the Breeze (Cale) - 5:23

Bonus Tracks
9. Don't Ask Me No Questions (Rossington / Van Zant)
10. Was I Right or Wrong (Rossington / Van Zant)
11. Take Your Time (Van Zant)

Second Helping  Musicians

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Ronnie Van Zant - Vocals
Gary Rossington - Guitar
Allen Collins - Guitar
Ed King - Guitar,  Bass, B. vocals 
Bill Powell - Piano
Leon Wilkeson - Bass, B. vocals 
Artimus Pyle - Drums
Bob Burns - Drums

This is a partial list of musicians. 

Second Helping - Credits

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Released - 1974 (2001)
Label - MCA

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