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Hear Allen Collins' Isolated Guitar Solo from Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird"

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Although this video hit the YouTubes about a year ago, we thought you'd enjoy hearing the isolated guitar-solo track from Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird."

The solo on the song — which was played by Allen Collins and Gary Rossington — comes it at Number 3 on Guitar World's list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time.

On the studio version of "Free Bird," which appeared on Skynyrd’s debut album, Collins played the entire solo himself on his Gibson Explorer, with Rossington playing rhythm on his Les Paul, “Bernice,” and adding the slide fills on his SG.

“The whole long jam was Allen Collins, himself,” Rossington says. “He was bad. He was super bad! He was bad-to-the-bone bad. When we put the solo together, we liked the sound of the two guitars, and I could’ve gone out and played it with him. But the way he was doin’ it, he was just so hot!! He just did it once and did it again and it was done.”

For those of you who don't know, is deep into Round 1 on its Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll, which we launched June 10. Check out all the matchups that have taken place so far (right here), and vote for today's very Ozzy-centric matchup, "Crazy Train" (Randy Rhoads) Vs. "War Pigs" (Tony Iommi), right here!