A copy of the first press of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s last studio Lp featuring an unfortunately prophetic fiery tableau on the front. What should have marked a creative rebirth was a funny, hard rocking, bass-ass redneck last testament to their excellence. Note singer Van Zant’s t-shirt–a cute in-joke to those familiar with the band’s oeuvre.
The less fraught photo on the reverse graced the front cover of later editions.
Before Stalinist purge of the new wave, Skynyrd were the default Southern Fried Rock setting for my rural Ohio garage band during the late 70s and their dramatic destruction was genuinely shocking. Despite this, I had no Skynyrd in the collection (I’d only ever had [and since lost] a double Lp greatest hits called Gold & Platinum which had possibly the most laughably inappropriate gatefold drawing by a major selling artist ever) until the recent buy of “Street Surviors”.