(1999) 20Th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of Lynyrd Syknyrd

Lynyrd Skynyrd

... read moreLike any record company worth their salt, MCA knows a good gimmick when they see it, and when the millennium came around -- well, the 20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection wasn't too far behind. Supposedly, the millennium is a momentous occasion, but it's hard to feel that way when it's...

46′:42″ 10 Songs

1
Sweet Home Alabama
Lynyrd Skynyrd
4:44
2
What's Your Name
Lynyrd Skynyrd
3:31
3
Gimme Three Steps
Lynyrd Skynyrd
4:26
4
Double Trouble
Lynyrd Skynyrd
2:48
5
You Got That Right
Lynyrd Skynyrd
3:44
6
Saturday Night Special
Lynyrd Skynyrd
5:08
7
That Smell
Lynyrd Skynyrd
5:47
8
Swamp Music
Lynyrd Skynyrd
3:31
9
I Ain't The One
Lynyrd Skynyrd
3:55
10
Free Bird
Lynyrd Skynyrd
9:08
Released 03 February 1999, A Geffen Records Release; This Compilation ℗ 1999 UMG Recordings Inc.

Review

Like any record company worth their salt, MCA knows a good gimmick when they see it, and when the millennium came around -- well, the 20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection wasn't too far behind. Supposedly, the millennium is a momentous occasion, but it's hard to feel that way when it's used as another excuse to turn out a budget-line series. But apart from the presumptuous title, 20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection turns out to be a very good budget-line series. True, it's impossible for any of these brief collections to be definitive, but they're nevertheless solid samplers that don't feature a bad song in the bunch. For example, take Lynyrd Skynyrd's 20th Century volume -- it's an irresistible ten-song summary of their MCA years. There may be a couple of noteworthy songs missing, but many of their best-known songs are here, including "Sweet Home Alabama," "What's Your Name," "Gimme Three Steps," "You Got That Right," "Saturday Night Special," "That Smell," and "Free Bird." Serious fans will want something more extensive, but this is an excellent introduction for neophytes and a great sampler for casual fans, considering its length and price. That doesn't erase the ridiculousness of the series title, but the silliness is excusable when the music and the collections are good. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine