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Friday, 4 December 2009

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Wade Gurber. Music man.

A long lost recording of Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Freebird' was uncovered at an undisclosed Alabama address yesterday.

The track, thought to be the original recording, comes in at just under two weeks and thirty five minutes.

Wade Gurber, music historian, said "we all thought the song was 9 minutes long, as it was on the album in '74, but it seems this original version carries on where the other version fade's out."

"It was wonderful to finally here the tune in it's entirety, as the band intended," he continued, "they really were some fine musicians."

The album version of the track fades out after a long, rousing, dual guitar solo but on this version it continues for another two days. When the solo is finally coming to an end, a brass band takes over and vibes on a colliery style theme.

They take the reins for the next day and a third, interspersed with Skynyrd's trademark guitar licks, and it slowly morph's in to a full orchestra doing a selection of the world's greatest movie theme's ever.

After four days of this the orchestra breaks in to 'Carmina Burana' by Carl Orff, but with a southern flavoured spin. The south styled lead guitar breaks are fantastic, but Ronnie Van Zant's beatboxing was perhaps an experiment too far.

The good 'ole boy's seemlessly flow into a bluegrass swing phase, and it's banjo's at the ready. After this country pickin' session they steadily build up the tempo until they strike into a fantastic waltz, followed by a rhumba and finally a cracking foxtrot.

For the finale the lads bring in a full Irish backing band and 'Freebird' closes with an all out Riverdance style break down.

"The song is set to go down in history as a true classic, the snippet we have been listening to for the last 36 years is already legendary, but this is something else," gushed Gurber.

Plans to release the track on CD are going ahead. The 152 disc set will be available to buy next February. Downloads are already available online.


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