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Reviews » Audio Reviews » Lynyrd Skynyrd: Then and Now
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Then and Now
5.1 Entertainment // DVD Audio // July 2, 2002
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted July 16, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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The Music:

1. Saturday Night Special
2. Workin'
3. Preacher Man
4. Tomorrow's Goodbye
5. That Smell
6. Gone Fishin'
7. Simple Man
8. Voodoo Lake
9. Sweet Home Alabama
10. Free Bird



The DVD

SOUND: "Lynyrd Skynyrd: Then And Now" is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 (for DVD-Video players) and DVD-Audio 24bit/96khz 5.1 (for DVD-Audio capable players. The album contents are a mixture of songs taken from various releases - a small group are from a live album (see "Free Bird" and "Sweet Home Alabama", along with a couple of others), while the remainder are studio tracks.

A fair amount of the Silverline releases that I've listened to do not attempt to make any great (or even mild changes) to the way that the music was originally presented. Essentially, these titles have allowed the surrounds to present some appreciated, noticable - but not distracting - re-inforcement of the music. I have yet to run across any Silverline title with the kind of aggressive surround use displayed on, for example, "Bohemian Rhapsody" from DTS's "Queen: A Night At The Opera". That kind of audio trickery often works perfectly well for me, making for a new approach to the listening experience of the album.

However, most of the Silverline titles seem to take the approach of leaving well enough alone and really, that's perfectly acceptable and enjoyable, too. "Then and Now" is another one of those instances. Although the studio tracks do put the rear speakers to more use for the instrumentals, the focus does remain on the front speakers for all of the album's tracks, with the surrounds providing enough detail to provide a simple, but effective amount of envelopment.

The audio quality remained solid throughout both studio and live tracks. The live tracks certainly sound like very good recordings, with a nice amount of crowd noise and very good detail and clarity to both the vocals and instrumentals - I don't think I've ever heard the classic guitar riff in "Sweet Home Alabama" sound so good. Overall, while the presentation is straightforward, the audio quality is excellent - certainly a release that sounds even better at top volume.

Extras: A video of a live performance of "Simple Man" (in 2.0), bios and credits.

Final Thoughts: Certainly, I think Skynyrd fans should enjoy this remixed album (and definitely, turn it up!), which sounds superb in DVD-Audio 5.1.
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