Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird”: Isolated Bass & Drums

The 1973 studio version of “Free Bird” appeared on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s debut album, from Pronounced ‘Leh-‘Nérd ‘Skin-‘Nérd and featured Ed King on bass and Bob Burns on drums.

Here’s the duo in isolation on the track, showing just how a drummer/bassist pairing should be.

King is reportedly playing his 1964 Fender Jazz on the tune. Sweet.

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  1. oh yeah.. ME LIKEY!

  2. I like the bass-line far better than the song! Especially the Chris Squire influenced riffage in the coda…

  3. its about time bass and drums came out of the shadows.. :)

  4. I never knew the bass line was that damn cool! Thanks for the post!

  5. What an awesome bass player this guy was – been listening to skynyrd since I was young and it’s fair to say, every track is a masterpiece of bass playing.

  6. Very underrated bass player. :-i

  7. Now, there’s TEAM work! Perfectly, done.

  8. It’s about time they could do this ,I asked when I was a young drummer why they couldn’t do this to learn ,now it’s happening finally

  9. Sounds like a Rickenbacker

  10. Eric Haydocy

    Snare snaps nicely, kick could use just a bit more punch. Great song.