Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons
After the plane crash in 1977 that claimed the lives of Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and Honkette Cassie Gaines, fans felt that they would never get to hear any new music from Skynyrd again. But ten years later, the group made a triumphant comeback and they’re still going strong today.
The members of Skynyrd Nation look back on the band’s early days with fondness, remembering early hits such as “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama.” But in 2000, Skynyrd fans were given a real treasure when the group released their two disc compilation album, Collectybles.
Collectybles was filled with demo recordings, studio tracks, and live audio, with many of the tracks on the two albums being previously unreleased. After Collectybles made its debut, fans had the chance to hear Skynyrd like they never had before.
One song that shines off of the album is the 12th track on the first disc, called “Woman of Mine.” The live track was recorded on October 30, 1973 at the Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Although some of Skynyrd’s songs take on a soulful/bluesy vibe, “Woman of Mine” leans strongly in that direction, and shies further from an intense rock sound.
As Ronnie sings about a woman who has him hooked, you’ll feel the same way about the track. Even though it was released on the Collectybles album, it’s a rarity to find a recording of the song online. Luckily, we were able to dig one up, and we’ve included it down below for you to enjoy.
We have a particular fondness for “Woman of Mine,” but what other tracks do you like from the Collectybles album?