When it comes to rock & roll classics Lynyrd Skynyrd's Freebird is in a class all to itself.

The late Allen Collins lays down a blistering hot guitar track, that he played by himself. Yes, all the work you hear is Mr. Collins. He did have help on the rhythm parts.

A world class musician, Collins played the entire solo himself on his Gibson Explorer, accompanied by guitarist Gary Rossington playing the rhythm parts on his Les Paul and the slide parts on his Gibson SG, effectively transforming “Free Bird” from a soaring ballad into a rip-roaring good time of a solo and one of the finest examples of guitar playing we’ve ever heard. Widely regarded as one of the greatest guitar players in the Southern rock genre, Collins’ talent is evidenced by how incredibly precise yet passionate he is as he tears through the song’s outro solo.

Gary Rossington had nothing but high praise for Collins.

“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.”

It was ranked in Guitar World Magazine as the number 3 greatest guitar solo of all time.

Listen to the incredible work of Allen Collins.