Face the Music

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Nils Lofgren has a story unlike any other in rock & roll. Something of a teenage rock & roll prodigy, he first made waves when he played on Neil Young's After the Gold Rush at the tender age of 17, just around the time his D.C.-based band Grin relocated to Los Angeles in hopes of hitting the big time. Grin never became stars, but Lofgren did. His association with Young provided a launch pad for a solo career that was acclaimed and fitfully commercially successful, with the late-'70s albums Cry Tough, I Came to Dance, and Night After Night all making waves in album rock. This run at solo stardom lasted roughly a decade, beginning with his eponymous 1975 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Nils Lofgren has a story unlike any other in rock & roll. Something of a teenage rock & roll prodigy, he first made waves when he played on Neil Young's After the Gold Rush at the tender age of 17, just around the time his D.C.-based band Grin relocated to Los Angeles in hopes of hitting the big time. Grin never became stars, but Lofgren did. His association with Young provided a launch pad for a solo career that was acclaimed and fitfully commercially successful, with the late-'70s albums Cry Tough, I Came to Dance, and Night After Night all making waves in album rock. This run at solo stardom lasted roughly a decade, beginning with his eponymous 1975 debut and ending with 1985's Flip, the record he released after joining Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band as Steven Van Zandt's replacement in 1984. Springsteen kept Nils around once Little Steven returned to the fold and Lofgren's membership in the E-Street Band allowed him the luxury of pursuing all of his musical whims on indie labels, developing an idiosyncratic catalog known only to hardcore fans, of which there were many. Face the Music, a massive nine-CD/single-DVD box set released in 2014, doesn't strive to convert the skeptics but its very heft suggests that Lofgren is worth consideration outside of the confines of his cult. That said, due to its very size, listening to Face the Music does require dedication. Combined, the ten discs do indeed provide a biography of Lofgren, with each disc telling a different chapter. The Grin years of 1971-1973 are on the first disc; the beginning flourishes of his solo career on the second (1975-1977), and the third disc chronicles 1979-1983, when he was collaborating with Lou Reed and Bob Ezrin while wrapping up his time on the album rock circuit. Disc four picks up the story in 1985, then ends after 1991's Silver Lining and 1992's Crooked Line, the pair of records he made for Rykodisc. The next three discs, which are a considerable chunk of the box, round up independent and self-released recordings made between 1993 and 2011; largely home-made, these recordings still sound expensive, which is one of the perks of having a day job as Springsteen's right-hand man. The final two CDs offer a clearinghouse of rarities from throughout the years, ranging from a decidedly quirky "Whatever Happened to Muscatel" co-written by author Clive Cussler to a wonderful early take on Lofgren's signature "Keith Don't Go," here performed by Grin featuring Neil Young on piano and vocals. One of the great pleasures of Face the Music is that it allows for a gem like this to be excavated, but one of the mild frustrations is that this is a decidedly personal telling of Lofgren's story, as indicated by how, apart from the live take on the DVD, this is the only version of "Keith Don't Go" here. A definitive, career-spanning box of this size should find room for such an important original recording, but the fact that Face the Music doesn't just underscores how eccentric a rocker Nils is: he follows his own path, one that sometimes touches upon familiar territory but often goes far afield, sometimes finding detours and sometimes stumbling upon dead ends, but always enjoying the journey. Perhaps it'd be better to sample this ten-disc travelog in pieces -- perhaps that's the only way to listen to a box as large as this -- but each individual installment provides its own peculiar, satisfying pleasures and, when combined, all the discs paint a deep, detailed portrait of a rocker unlike any other.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2014
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 888072347311
  • Catalog Number: 34731
  • Sales rank: 10,629

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 See What a Love Can Do (5:01)
  2. 2 Everybody's Missin' the Sun (2:44)
  3. 3 Like Rain (3:39)
  4. 4 Outlaw (4:01)
  5. 5 If I Were a Song (3:10)
  6. 6 We All Sung Together (3:43)
  7. 7 Take You To the Movies Tonight (1:48)
  8. 8 White Lies (3:29)
  9. 9 Slippery Fingers (4:12)
  10. 10 Moon Tears (2:20)
  11. 11 Lost a Number (3:11)
  12. 12 Soft Fun (5:43)
  13. 13 Hi, Hello Home (2:31)
  14. 14 Love or Else (3:40)
  15. 15 Sad Letter (3:14)
  16. 16 Ain't Love Nice (2:11)
  17. 17 She Ain't Right (3:28)
  18. 18 All Out (3:09)
  19. 19 Rusty Gun (2:20)
  20. 20 Beggar's Day (Eulogy To Danny Whitten) (4:21)
  21. 21 One More Time (5:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 One More Saturday Night (3:09)
  2. 2 If I Say It, It's So (2:57)
  3. 3 Can't Buy a Break (3:18)
  4. 4 Back It Up (2:21)
  5. 5 I Don't Want To Know (3:47)
  6. 6 The Sun Hasn't Set On This Boy Yet (2:47)
  7. 7 Rock and Roll Crook (2:54)
  8. 8 Two By Two (3:05)
  9. 9 Cry Tough (5:03)
  10. 10 It's Not a Crime (4:14)
  11. 11 Share a Little (5:17)
  12. 12 Can't Get Closer (WCGC) (3:44)
  13. 13 Mud In Your Eye (2:43)
  14. 14 Came To Dance (4:34)
  15. 15 Home is Where the Hurt is (4:12)
  16. 16 Rock Me At Home (4:36)
  17. 17 You're the Weight (5:18)
  18. 18 Goin' South (5:03)
  19. 19 Incidentally... It's Over (4:20)
Disc 3
  1. 1 No Mercy (4:07)
  2. 2 Shine Silently (3:38)
  3. 3 Steal Away (3:58)
  4. 4 I Found Her (3:33)
  5. 5 You're So Easy (6:04)
  6. 6 A Fool Like Me (3:09)
  7. 7 Night Fades Away (4:22)
  8. 8 Ancient History (4:51)
  9. 9 Sailor Boy (3:58)
  10. 10 Empty Heart (3:05)
  11. 11 Don't Touch Me (4:03)
  12. 12 I Go To Pieces (2:54)
  13. 13 Across the Tracks (2:55)
  14. 14 Daddy Dream (4:53)
  15. 15 Wonderland (3:31)
  16. 16 Room Without Love (3:05)
  17. 17 Confident Girl (3:05)
  18. 18 Into The Night (3:44)
  19. 19 Deadline (4:07)
  20. 20 Everybody Wants (3:41)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Secrets In The Street (4:31)
  2. 2 Big Tears Fall (6:05)
  3. 3 Dreams Die Hard (3:34)
  4. 4 Girl In Motion (5:51)
  5. 5 Walkin' Nerve (3:54)
  6. 6 Trouble's Back (5:18)
  7. 7 Bein' Angry (5:54)
  8. 8 Valentine (6:12)
  9. 9 A Child Could Tell (4:22)
  10. 10 You (3:29)
  11. 11 Shot At You (5:47)
  12. 12 Crooked Line (4:54)
  13. 13 Someday (5:31)
  14. 14 New Kind of Freedom (3:38)
  15. 15 Drunken Driver (6:28)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Alone (6:08)
  2. 2 No Return (3:56)
  3. 3 Tender Love (8:39)
  4. 4 Dreams Come True (4:25)
  5. 5 Out of the Grave (8:11)
  6. 6 Lion's Wake (2:14)
  7. 7 Damaged Goods (3:44)
  8. 8 Only Five Minutes (5:28)
  9. 9 Setting Sun (3:44)
  10. 10 Life (3:08)
  11. 11 Nothin's Fallin' (5:07)
  12. 12 Little On Up (5:02)
  13. 13 Blue Skies (4:02)
  14. 14 Black Books (5:24)
  15. 15 Man In the Moon (3:19)
  16. 16 Believe (3:46)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Delivery Night (5:04)
  2. 2 Code of the Road (8:19)
  3. 3 New Holes In Old Shoes (5:14)
  4. 4 Puttin' Out Fires (6:25)
  5. 5 I Found You (4:37)
  6. 6 Love a Child (2:59)
  7. 7 Driftin' Man (3:06)
  8. 8 Without You (3:44)
  9. 9 Heaven's Answer To Blue (4:18)
  10. 10 Seize Love (5:31)
  11. 11 Open Roads (3:16)
  12. 12 Speed Kills (3:12)
  13. 13 I'm Buyin' (2:53)
  14. 14 The Wind (4:27)
  15. 15 We Got Guys (1:07)
  16. 16 Hard Lines (1:04)
  17. 17 Tears On Ice (4:47)
  18. 18 Misery (4:43)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Like Rain (4:52)
  2. 2 The Star-Spangled Banner (2:40)
  3. 3 In Your Hands (3:21)
  4. 4 Mr. Hardcore (5:10)
  5. 5 Tried and True (1:58)
  6. 6 Frankie Hang On (3:41)
  7. 7 Fat Girls Dance (4:39)
  8. 8 I Am a Child (3:13)
  9. 9 Mr. Soul (4:21)
  10. 10 World On a String (3:17)
  11. 11 Old School (3:12)
  12. 12 60 is the New 18 (3:03)
  13. 13 Miss You Ray (2:40)
  14. 14 Amy Joan Blues (2:44)
  15. 15 Dream Big (4:31)
  16. 16 Irish Angel (5:12)
  17. 17 Ain't Too Many of Us Left (4:42)
  18. 18 When You Were Mine (4:34)
  19. 19 Why Me (4:23)
  20. 20 Wreck On the Highway (4:37)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Keith Don't Go - Grin (3:34)
  2. 2 Try - Grin (3:38)
  3. 3 Sing For Happiness - Grin (3:16)
  4. 4 Duty - Grin (3:29)
  5. 5 Sweet Four Wings - Grin (3:47)
  6. 6 Just To Have You - Grin (2:18)
  7. 7 I'll Arise (2:51)
  8. 8 Some Must Dream (4:47)
  9. 9 Stay Hungry (3:41)
  10. 10 Heaven's Rain (3:37)
  11. 11 Whatever Happened to Muscatel (2:50)
  12. 12 You In My Arms (2:49)
  13. 13 Here For You (3:37)
  14. 14 Hide My Heart (4:23)
  15. 15 Love is... (4:30)
  16. 16 Awesome Girl (3:36)
  17. 17 When You Are Loved (2:57)
  18. 18 Bullets Fever (3:07)
  19. 19 Message (11:19)
Disc 9
  1. 1 Beauty and the Beast (3:43)
  2. 2 You Are the Melody (3:26)
  3. 3 Tears Inside (3:32)
  4. 4 Face the Music (4:49)
  5. 5 I Can't Stand a Chance (3:31)
  6. 6 What is Enuf?!! (4:02)
  7. 7 London (4:05)
  8. 8 Go Away (4:10)
  9. 9 Heart Like a Hammer (4:13)
  10. 10 True Love Conquers Legends (3:41)
  11. 11 Yankee Stadium (3:04)
  12. 12 Sad Walk (5:25)
  13. 13 Dalmation (4:07)
  14. 14 I'm Coming Back (4:01)
  15. 15 Mad, Mad World (3:33)
  16. 16 Jhoon Rhee Ad (0:30)
  17. 17 It's Better To Know You (2:44)
  18. 18 Last Time I Saw You (2:04)
  19. 19 Mist and Morning Rain (2:52)
  20. 20 Miss You "C" (2:41)
  21. 21 Oh Holy Night (2:58)
Disc 10
  1. 1 Windy (Flip Combo)
  2. 2 Dream Big
  3. 3 Too Many Miles
  4. 4 Keith Don't Go
  5. 5 Bein' Angry
  6. 6 Shine Silently
  7. 7 Big Tears Fall
  8. 8 I Found You
  9. 9 No Mercy
  10. 10 Gun and Run
  11. 11 See What a Love Can Do
  12. 12 If I Were a Song
  13. 13 Slippery Fingers
  14. 14 Like Rain
  15. 15 Moon Tears
  16. 16 I Came To Dance
  17. 17 Everybody's Missin' the Sun
  18. 18 Ain't Love Nice
  19. 19 I'll Arise
  20. 20 Nil's Lofgren: the Art of Adapting
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nils Lofgren Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Handwriting
Willie Nelson Vocals
Patti Austin Vocals
Lou Gramm Vocals
Rick James Vocals
Al Kooper Keyboards
Buddy Miles Vocals
Graham Nash Vocals
Paul Rodgers Vocals
Del Shannon Vocals
Bruce Springsteen Vocals
Ringo Starr Drums, Vocals
Neil Young Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Vocals
T Lavitz Synthesizer, Keyboards
Greg Mathieson Keyboards
David Sanborn Saxophone
Chuck Rainey Bass
Bonnie Bramlett Vocals
Clarence Clemons Saxophone
Stu Daye Guitar
Louise Goffin Vocals
Nicky Hopkins Keyboards
Claudia Lennear Vocals
Jimmy Maelen Percussion
Mystery Girls Vocals
Elliott Randall Guitar
Jerry Williams Vocals
Eric Ambel Guitar, Vocals
Mark Wenner Harmonica
Ben Keith Pedal Steel Guitar
Aynsley Dunbar Drums
Bobbye Hall Percussion
Wornell Jones Bass, Percussion, Vocals
Kevin Russell Guitar
P.P. Arnold Vocals
Bob Babbitt Bass
Johnny Badanjek Drums
Jeff Baxter Guitar
Paul Bell Guitar, Keyboards
Bob Berberich Drums, Vocals
Timm Biery Percussion, Drums
Jerri Bocchino Vocals
Michael Botts Drums
Mark Brzezicki Drums
Steve Brzezicki Bass
Merry Clayton Vocals
Simon Climie Organ, Synthesizer
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Larry Cragg Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
David Crosby Vocals
Jerry Donato Saxophone
Edgar Winter Vocals
Bob Ezrin Keyboards, Vocals
Denny Fongheiser Percussion, Drums, Timpani
Debbie Fleming Vocals
Frank Funaro Drums
Greg "Gigi" Gonaway Drums
Roger Greenawalt Bass, Percussion, Sampling
Ed Greene Drums
Paul Griffin Synthesizer, Keyboards
Lani Groves Vocals
Richie Hayward Drums
Levon Helm Vocals
Rev. Patrick Henderson Organ, Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals
David Hungate Bass
Neil Jason Bass
Robbie Kondor Synthesizer
Tom Lepson Vocals
Jody Linscott Percussion
Tom Lofgren Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Kathi McDonald Vocals
Tom Mandel Synthesizer, Keyboards
Branford Marsalis Saxophone
Kevin McCormick Bass, Vocals
Yolanda McCullough Vocals
Ralph Molina Vocals
Andy Newmark Percussion, Drums, Timpani
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Colina Phillips Vocals
Holden Raphael Percussion
Emil Richards Percussion
Zachary Sanders Vocals
Allan Schwartzberg Drums
Rickie Simpkins Violin
Lee Sklar Bass
Steuart Smith Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Robert Spates Violin
Paul Stallworth Bass
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Billy Talbot Vocals
Scott Thurston Synthesizer, Keyboards
Danny Whitten Vocals
Andy York Synthesizer, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Gary Bruzzese Percussion, Drums
Wade Matthews Bass, Vocals
Al Ortiz Bass
Sam Moore Vocals
Patricia Smith Viola
Kevin Stoller Conductor
Mike King Bass
Jim Apperson Violin
Tommy Mandel Keyboards
Frank Floyd Vocals
Teri Lazar Violin
Paul "Polo" Jones Bass, Vocals
Mary Ann Redmond Vocals
Chris Ryan Vocals
Phoenix Boys Choir Vocals
Greg Varlotta Percussion, Trombone, Trumpet, Drums
Mike Botts Drums
Mike Smith Pedal Steel Guitar
Tommy Lepson Band Vocals
Bob Gordon Bass, Vocals
George Daly Bass
Sherlie Matthews Vocals
Christine Vivona Harp
Mark McDowell Vocals
Ron Hicklin Singers Vocals
William Eaton, JR Vocals
Buck Brown Keyboards, Vocals
Rick Valenti Vocals
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter Pedal Steel Guitar
Clyde King Vocals
Mark Lofgren Vocals
Kim Miller Violin
Paul Dowell Vocals
Janet Cussler Vocals
Devereau Merriweather Vocals
Clive Cussler Vocals
Carlos Mandelaveita Vocals
Amy Lofgren Vocals
Amanda Stalbaum Vocals
Amanda Hamlin Vocals
Steve Hopper Lombardi Saxophone
Scotty Ball Bass
Rudy Ruben Vocals
Mike Lofgren Vocals
Michelle Fishman Vocals
Michael Prokes Violin
Maryland Friends Sing-a-Long Vocals
Mario Simiz Cello
Marco Bothelo Cello
Kim Felten Vocals
Kerri Lazar Vocals
Juliana Marin Vocals
Whitney Lind Vocals
Tess Lofgren Vocals
Technical Credits
Al Kooper Producer
Nils Lofgren Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Art Direction
Lou Reed Composer
Del Shannon Composer
Bruce Springsteen Composer
Neil Young Composer
David Briggs Producer
Eric Ambel Producer
Larry Alexander Engineer
Neal Avron Engineer
Timm Biery Producer
Billy Brady Engineer
Brian Christian Producer
Bob Dawson Engineer
Bob Ezrin Composer, Producer
Tim Foster Producer
Richard Gottehrer Producer
Roger Greenawalt Producer
Tom Lofgren Composer
Bruce McCabe Composer
Kevin McCormick Producer
Bill Mueller Engineer
Andy Newmark Producer
Lance Quinn Producer, Engineer
Dick Wagner Composer
Tom Cartwright Executive Producer
Dave Marsh Liner Notes, Introduction
Sig Sigworth Executive Producer
Kevin Stoller String Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Nancy Given Art Direction
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Dick Bangham Poster Design, Authoring
Billy Wolf Mastering
Ralph Steadman Artwork
Otto D'Agnolo Producer, Engineer
Francis Scott Key Composer
Jamison Weddle Engineer
Linda Bangham Authoring
Gene Rumsey Executive Producer
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter Producer
Steve Smolen Poster Design
Omar Ojeda Art Direction
Mark Hendrickson Photo Scanning
Ron Freeland Engineer
Amy Lofgren Art Direction
Lanny Tupper Artwork
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