Lynyrd Skynyrd: Johnnie Van Zant (vocals); Gary Rossington, Ed King, Randall Hall (guitar); Leon Wilkeson (bass); Billy Powell (keyboards); Artimus Pyle (drums, percussion).
Personnel: Johnny Van Zant (vocals); Ed King (guitar, slide guitar); Gary Rossington, Randall Hall (guitar); Billy Powell (keyboards); Artimus Pyle (drums, percussion); Custer (drums); Dale Rossington, Stefanie Bolton, Susan Marshall (background vocals).
After Lynyrd Skynyrd's highly successful reunion tour of 1987-88 wrapped up, the band (which now included vocalist Johnny Van Zant in place of his brother Ronnie, and Ed King in place of Allen Collins) decided to resurrect Skynyrd as a full-time proposition. Signing with Atlantic Records and re-enlisting their longtime producer, Tom Dowd, the band issued 1991, their first new studio album since 1977's STREET SURVIVORS.
Instead of experimenting or broadening Skynyrd's longtime southern rock direction, 1991 follows the same formula. While it may not be on par with the original line-up's classics (PRONOUNCED LEH-NERD SKIN-NERD, SECOND HELPING, etc.), 1991 still has it's share of highlights--the serene "Pure and Simple" and the guitar rocker "Mama (Afraid to Say Goodbye)."
Rolling Stone (8/8/91) - 3 Stars - Good - "..on many songs..(they) cook up enough noisy raunch to please most of the noncoms..out there in the hinterlands."
Musician (9/91) - "..the sort of strong, rhythm-oriented hard rock that was always Skynyrd's signature...Skynyrd's three-guitar-assault, the legendary mules, just picks up where it left off..."