May 8, 2015 – 5:22 am

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The 1970 Quinvy Demos And More [no label, 1CD]

Demos and outtakes. Very good audio.

Thanks to ghostryder14 who compiled this and sharing it on the net.

ghostryder14 noted:

In October 1970, Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded a demo at Quinvy Studios. Producer Quin Ivy did not care for their sound and passed on signing them. The tapes were passed on to Jimmy Johnson of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio who liked what he heard that he took the band under his wing and recorded over an album’s worth of material for a producer’s fee if the album was released. The band never forgot what he did for them and in 1975 and 1976 the current lineups went back and polished up the material with additional overdubs to release an album from the songs they did not re-record over the years.

It was set to be released shortly after the release of their next album Street Survivors. Then the tragic plane crash happened and was named simply Skynyrd’s First And… Last. This collection contains those 1970 demos Jimmy Johnson heard, a 1969 demo, three unreleased and not overdubbed mixes from the 1971 (everything was basically overdubbed in some way on the official versions) plus a few other treats thrown in.

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Hoping someone can let us know if Track 02 (He’s Alive); Track 03 (Free Bird) and Track 04 (Junkie) were the same as those released on the 1991 three-CD Lynyrd Skynyrd boxset.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Please Do Not Hammer The Links. Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. The tracks should still be around. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Track 01. Need All My Friends 5:11 (8.7MB)
02. He’s Alive - Omitted*
03. Free Bird - Omitted*
04. Junkie - Omitted*
05. Blues Medley (Sweet Little Angel/How Blue Can You Get/I Got A Mind To Give Up Living) - Omitted*
06. Michelle - Omitted*
Track 07. Hide Your Face 2:59 (5.0MB)
08. Bad Boy Blues - Omitted*
09. If I’m Wrong - Omitted*
Track 10. White Dove 2:48 (4.7MB)
11. One More Time - Omitted*
Track 12. Wino 3:28 (5.8MB)
Track 13. Tuesday’s Gone 7:54 (13.3MB)
Track 14. Simple Man 6:20 (10.6MB)
Track 15. Made In The Shade 5:00 (8.4MB)
60 mins

* Available on the Thyrty compilation.

1-8: Quinvy Studios Sheffield, Alabama./Quin Ivy Producer October 1970
9: Norm Vincent Studios, Jacksonville, FL. 1969
10-12: Original Unreleased June-July 1971 Versions with no 1975-76 Overdubs/Jimmy Johnson & Tim Smith Producers. Muscle Shoals Sound Studio Alabama.
13-14: Unreleased No Fade out versions from the Spring 1973 Pronounced Sessions. Studio One, Doraville, Georgia / Al Kooper Producer
15: Unreleased Live Version Chatanooga, TN 3/19/1975

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  1. 26 Responses to “LYNYRD SKYNYRD - 1970 DEMOS AND MORE”

  2. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Skynyrd for a long long time. Some of their stuff really rubs me the wrong way due to overexposure, but there’s also a lot of their catalog that I really dig.

    Lots of neat listening here. Thank you, Big O.

    By mackdaddyg on May 8, 2015

  3. a truly great band that is still missed. they had many fine songs aside from the hits in constant rotation on the classic rock stations.

    i hope everyone saw the recent documentary “muscle shoals”. skynyrd had a very small part in it.

    By barth on May 8, 2015

  4. i think thats rick medlocke singing “white dove”. he went on to form blackfoot. thanks bigO.

    By barth on May 8, 2015

  5. That Muscle Shoals documentary is amazing. Not only clued me in to how much this band struggled to be heard, but so many other great acts as well.

    By Steve MC on May 8, 2015

  6. Wow. Thank you!

    By K on May 8, 2015

  7. on they say that these demos have been spread over a few official compilations, the 1991 Box Set, Collectybles and Thyrty. The omittetd tracks are not from Thyrty, but track 5 (Blues Medley) is from that compilation.

    A big thanks to BigO!

    By Mr. Snips on May 8, 2015

  8. Specifically, the omitted tracks can be found
    on Collectybles. I want tp corroborate Mr. Snips
    that all the studio material has been legally released.

    By Fred Astaire Jr on May 8, 2015

  9. Hello Mr. Snips and Fred Astaire Jr

    Thanks for the feedback.

    By bigozine2 on May 8, 2015

  10. Well done Mr Snips & Fred Astaire Jr. I’m sure the relevant record companies will be raising a toast to you when they celebrate their record earnings at the end of the tax year.

    Imagine that a few ppl would have had a free download of some of the tracks they’ve released ! Unthinkable !

    By jack bond on May 8, 2015

  11. @ jack bond: those record companies would raise many more toasts if BigO would give them reasons to shut down this wonderful site because they had injured copyrights. Why do you think BigO is asking whether some of those tracks are from an officially released box set? Had you noticed in the past that attorneys of some copyright holders (e.g. Jimmy Page or Pat Metheny) had demanded to stop sharing material on this site? The only reason why we we’re giving this information is that we want to keep BigO alive as long as possible!

    By Mr. Snips on May 8, 2015

  12. good call mr snips! long live big o !

    By dropkick sarge on May 8, 2015

  13. As posted above I can confirm that the demo versions of He’s Alive, Freebird and Junkie are on the 1991 box-set The Definitive Collection.
    Let’s keep BigO alive!

    By FranZ on May 9, 2015

  14. …and One More Time too…

    By FranZ on May 9, 2015

  15. Hello FranZ

    Thanks for the feedback.

    By bigozine2 on May 9, 2015

  16. What an incredibly flacid bunch of wet willies some of you have become

    By marco on May 9, 2015

  17. “What an incredibly flacid bunch of wet willies some of you have become” MARCO

    Observations from a major dickhead ???

    By Fred Astaire Jr. on May 9, 2015

  18. i did some searching and i couldnt find any copies of this item without the omitted tracks omitted. in fact.. every place that it showed up.. it actually linked back to this page. i delayed on dl’ing it myself and lost out on one track that was still left intact when it was first posted. now if i had waited a little longer id only have 7 tracks from the original 15. i got it with 11 tracks and only 4 omitted. i didnt check sugarmeg however. has anyone found this with all 15 tracks or at least the 4 missing ones that were first omitted?

    on another note.. at first i had posted that u2 had done 3 songs on fallon on monday the 4th. turns out they did a 4th song that wasnt aired. the 3rd song they did also wasnt aired but is a web exclusive on the fallon site and can be found on youtube. parts of their grand central station performance but not the entire thing can also be found on youtube. i havent found the entirety of the final song angel of harlem that they played. in all the length of that little jam would be approx 8mins or so. i have 2 mp3s of it. one that starts perfectly and includes none of angel thats 4.15mins… and a 2nd one that starts slightly late and cuts off about a minute into angel thats 6.5mins.

    By darth on May 10, 2015

  19. who cares darthy.

    By who dat on May 10, 2015

  20. darth/Glen- search for this:

    By Dingus on May 10, 2015

  21. btw skynyrd is doing crossroads on the 27th 10pm. well thats when it will air. read all about it here -

    By darth on May 11, 2015

  22. Mr Snips - OK, point taken…

    By jack bond on May 12, 2015

  23. Amazing! Its truly amazing post, I have got much clear idea about from this piece of writing.|

    By slip and fall lawyer firm on Oct 27, 2015

  24. Good stuff, my dad is Quin Ivy. We still have the original demos with hand written song sheets.I didn’t even know my dad recorder this until I stumbled across the reel to reel in our basement closet.

    By Steve Ivy on Apr 17, 2017

  25. Hi Steve, can you contact us please? Currently making the Skynyrd doc for CMT - would love to hear more about the things you stumbled across. Thanks. [email protected]

    By Leonard on Oct 17, 2017

  26. Hi Bigozine, could the tracks from “LYNYRD SKYNYRD - 1970 DEMOS AND MORE” that have not been omitted, please be made available for downloading again? Even if it’s just for a short while, thanks!

    By Chris McLaren on Dec 13, 2018

  27. Hi Bigozine, could the tracks from “LYNYRD SKYNYRD - 1970 DEMOS AND MORE” that have not been omitted, please be made available for downloading again? thanks for sharing.

    By Rick on Jan 31, 2019

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