Cry Tough

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After releasing a solo debut that made a great case for his talent but didn't deliver the rock & roll goods as expected, Nils Lofgren turned up the guitar heroics on his 1976 album Cry Tough and the results were a lot closer to what fans had hoped for from the whiz kid from Grin. However, Cry Tough also unwittingly revealed the Achilles' Heel that would haunt Lofgren's solo career for the next three decades -- there's no denying that the guy is a great guitar player, but his gifts as a guitarist and songwriter have been maddeningly inconsistent, and while 1975's self-titled solo debut was one of his high-water marks as a tunesmith, he gave himself more room to strut his...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After releasing a solo debut that made a great case for his talent but didn't deliver the rock & roll goods as expected, Nils Lofgren turned up the guitar heroics on his 1976 album Cry Tough and the results were a lot closer to what fans had hoped for from the whiz kid from Grin. However, Cry Tough also unwittingly revealed the Achilles' Heel that would haunt Lofgren's solo career for the next three decades -- there's no denying that the guy is a great guitar player, but his gifts as a guitarist and songwriter have been maddeningly inconsistent, and while 1975's self-titled solo debut was one of his high-water marks as a tunesmith, he gave himself more room to strut his stuff on guitar here without bringing many memorable tunes to the table ("Jailbait" and the title cut are particularly faulty). It's significant that two of the sharpest and most effective tracks on Cry Tough, "Incidentally … It's Over" and "Can't Get Closer (WCGC)," feature the same rhythm section that backed Lofgren on his debut; produced by David Briggs, they sound straightforward, compelling, and emotionally direct, while most of the rest of the album (produced by Al Kooper) features a larger band, a glossier approach, and somehow allows Lofgren to effectively sound lost on his own album. Lofgren certainly plays up a storm on Cry Tough, and his soloing on "You Lit a Fire" and "It's Not a Crime" is inspired, but that's not enough to keep this record afloat. Cry Tough is at its best when it is also at its simplest; if the whole album had been as good as "Incidentally … It's Over" and "Can't Get Closer (WCGC)," it would have been a winner, but instead it was the first in a long line of disappointments from a gifted but problematic talent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2009
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602527129099
  • Catalog Number: 001320502
  • Sales rank: 32,362

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nils Lofgren Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Background Vocals, Clavinet
Al Kooper Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Clavinet
Buddy Miles Background Vocals
Chuck Rainey Bass
Claudia Lennear Background Vocals
Jim Gordon Drums
Aynsley Dunbar Drums
Wornell Jones Bass
P.P. Arnold Background Vocals
Ralph Molina Background Vocals
Emil Richards Percussion
Paul Stallworth Bass
Billy Talbot Background Vocals
Scott Ball Upright Bass
Technical Credits
Al Kooper Producer
Nils Lofgren Composer
Graham Gouldman Composer
David DeVore Engineer
Bob Edwards Engineer
Lee Kiefer Engineer
Tim Mulligan Engineer
Barry Korkin Reissue Producer
Bob Dawson Engineer
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