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Charted: May 4, 1974

Rating: 4.428 (average of 12 ratings)

Genre: classic Southern rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Sweet Home Alabama
  2. I Need You
  3. Don’t Ask Me No Questions
  4. Workin’ for MCA
  5. The Ballad of Curtis Loew
  6. Swamp Music
  7. The Needle and the Spoon
  8. Call Me the Breeze


sales in U.S. only 2 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 2 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 12
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Don’t Ask Me No Questions (5/74) --
  • Sweet Home Alabama (7/27/74) #8 US, #21 UK, sales: ½ million, airplay: 2 million
  • Swamp Music (3/26/88) #16 AR *
* live version of song from 1987’s Southern by the Grace of God album


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Second Helping
Lynyrd Skynyrd
“Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote the book on Southern rock with their first album, so it only made sense that they followed it for their second album, aptly titled Second Helping. Sticking with producer Al Kooper (who, after all, discovered them), the group turned out a record that replicated all the strengths of the original, but was a little tighter and a little more professional. It also revealed that the band, under the direction of songwriter Ronnie Van Zant, was developing a truly original voice. Of course, the band had already developed their own musical voice, but it was enhanced considerably by Van Zant’s writing, which was at turns plainly poetic, surprisingly clever, and always revealing” (Erlewine).

“Though Second Helping isn’t as hard a rock record as Pronounced, it’s the songs that make the record. Sweet Home Alabama became ubiquitous, yet it’s rivaled by such terrific songs as the snide, punkish Workin’ for MCA, the Southern groove of Don’t Ask Me No Questions, the affecting The Ballad of Curtis Loew, and The Needle and the Spoon, a drug tale as affecting as their rival Neil Young’s ‘Needle and the Damage Done,’ but much harder rocking. This is the part of Skynyrd that most people forget – they were a great band, but they were indelible because that was married to great writing. And nowhere was that more evident than on Second Helping” (Erlewine).

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Last updated January 18, 2009.