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    As if “Free Bird” hadn’t been enough, Lynyrd Skynyrd dish up a second helping of Southern rock ubiquity with their sophomore album and its hit single “Sweet Home Alabama.” An answer to Neil Young’s “Alabama” and “Southern Man,” which dealt with themes of racism and slavery in the South, the band continues to challenge stereotypes and express its concern for social issues on Second Helping. “Workin’ for MCA” features one of Ronnie Van Zant’s most punkish snarls as he speaks of the biz, while “The Needle and the Spoon” is a cautionary drug tale full of searing guitar solos. The album also includes “The Ballad of Curtis Loew,” an affecting song about a young boy’s admiration for an old blues Dobro master, and single “Don’t Ask Me No Questions.” Combining country, blues, and Southern boogie with a tightly coiled triple-guitar attack, Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote the bible of Southern rock with their first album, and fine-tune it here with tight, revealing songwriting.

    Second Helping Catalog Number:  MCA Records MCA3020

    Second Helping Track Listing:

    Side One

    1. Sweet Home Alabama – 4:42

    2. I Need You – 6:54

    3. Don’t Ask Me No Questions – 3:24

    4. Workin’ for MCA – 4:46

    Side Two

    1. The Ballad of Curtis Loew – 4:45

    2. Swamp Music – 3:29

    3. The Needle and the Spoon – 3:52

    4. Call Me the Breeze – 5:23

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