Lynyrd Skynyrd – Pronounced ‘Lēh-‘nérd ‘Skin’nérd & Second Helping: Live From Jacksonville At The Florida Theatre (Eagle Rock)

Genre: Southern Rock

Take two seminal Southern Rock classics, mix with a feverish hometown crowd, add a touch of modern production and filter through a bunch of brilliant musicians: the result is one of the finest live sets you’ll hear all year.

It would have been one of the biggest shocks in rock and roll history had this double disc audio (also available on DVD/Blu-Ray) fallen flat. The songs are simply too iconic to fail.

And if this isn’t really Skynyrd in the eyes of those living firmly in the past then it is a band more than worthy of the brand’s enduring legacy.

Both records played in their entirety make for a magical trip down memory lane and if the familiar favourites ring out loud and clear – Gimme Three Steps and Free Bird are the picks – then it’s the rarely performed album tracks that provide the genuine highlights.

There’s a glut of Skynyrd live material available right now – from the vaults and from the band’s more recent shows – but nothing tops this sensational set.

Give your nearest and dearest some quality Southern Rock this Christmas – it’s the gift that just keeps on giving.

RUSHONROCK RATED: 10/10 Skyn Tight