. . . the first thing I picked up from Skynyrd (oddly enough) was the bass riff on "Gimme Three Steps". And my Bro . . . at the time . . . a Bassman said, "lemme see my Bass !" . . . we were one of the first bands in the Peoria area that covered Skynyrd . . . back then. A year later . . . another Bass Player . . . and another Lynyrd SKynyrd LP later . . . in my opinion, is the best licks they ever put on eight track. "Second Helping" contained some guitar work that shiver my soul. Maybe it's just me, but it's my Favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd licks of all time. Most of that album, though, the rythm of those songs were composed by Ed King. Who joined the band in 1972, as a bass player, after touring with the Blues Image ("Ride Captain Ride") for two years. In the meantime, before the release of the first LP, Leon Collins joined the band as the bass player. The first two albums (and "First and Last") Ed King composed the bass lines and on "Second Helping", Ed wrote the rythm guitar chords to "Sweet Home Alabama", "Needle and the Spoon", "Working for MCA", "Swamp Music", as well as "Poison Whiskey" from the Pronounced LP and "Railroad Song" and "Whiskey Rock-A-Roller" from "Nuthin Fancy". My favorite licks of Lynyrd Skynyrd were surely Ed King's. Especially "Working for MCA", "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Needle and the Spoon". The guitar work between King, Gary Rossington and Alan Collins were unreal. How all of them played different licks . . . but in harmony ? That is what made Lynyrd Skynyrd my all-time favorite band. They are only rivalled at the top of my chart by Creedence Clearwater Revival. But, . . . that . . . is another thread as well.
. . . what are your favorite Skynyrd licks ? Which guitarist is your favorite ; Gary Rossington, Alan Collins, Ed King, Steve Gaines ?
Mine is Ed KIng !