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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
As of 2002 this generous, 20-track, multi-label career overview was the only Nils Lofgren compilation -- and one of his few albums -- in print. Although it's not bad and hits many of the singer/songwriter/guitarist's career highlights, there are glaring omissions, such as excluding anything from his band Grin especially odd since their last A&M album is owned by Universal, which will frustrate fans and newcomers. Almost half the songs are pulled from Lofgren's first few solo releases, making this a lopsided retrospective at best. While these may be his finest overall works, tunes such as "Like Rain," "Back It Up," and Grin's "Beggar's Day" are absolutely essential to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
As of 2002 this generous, 20-track, multi-label career overview was the only Nils Lofgren compilation -- and one of his few albums -- in print. Although it's not bad and hits many of the singer/songwriter/guitarist's career highlights, there are glaring omissions, such as excluding anything from his band Grin especially odd since their last A&M album is owned by Universal, which will frustrate fans and newcomers. Almost half the songs are pulled from Lofgren's first few solo releases, making this a lopsided retrospective at best. While these may be his finest overall works, tunes such as "Like Rain," "Back It Up," and Grin's "Beggar's Day" are absolutely essential to any Lofgren collection, yet are MIA here. Instead listeners get "Two by Two," "Can't Get Closer WCGC," and "Mud in Your Eye," all fine songs, but few fans would choose them over the missing cuts. Additionally, entire albums like 1985's Flip and the live Night After Night are ignored, and the studio version of "No Mercy" -- undoubtedly one of his best overall productions -- is replaced by an adequate live acoustic version that doesn't shimmer with the rawness of the original. Since Lofgren had input in choosing the selections, this is a representation of what he wanted as opposed to what a knowledgeable fan might have constructed. That said, there's lots of great music here. A few obscure gems -- like "Empty Heart," "Across the Tracks," the sublime "Girl in Motion," and the Lou Reed collaboration "Life," one of his jazziest songs which features sax from Branford Marsalis -- get much-needed exposure. The melodic rock from his earliest solo albums remains crucial and invigorating in a timeless fashion. It's an adequate place to start a Lofgren collection and, barring a major reissue of his individual discs, the only way to obtain most of these songs on CD. But it's nowhere near as ultimate as the title states.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/1999
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949049522
  • Catalog Number: 490495
  • Sales rank: 37,373

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rock and Roll Crook (2:56)
  2. 2 I Don't Want To Know (2:43)
  3. 3 Keith Don't Go (Ode To The Glimmer Twin) (4:23)
  4. 4 Two By Two (3:05)
  5. 5 The Sun Hasn't Set on This Boy Yet (2:49)
  6. 6 Cry Tough (5:03)
  7. 7 It's Not a Crime (4:13)
  8. 8 Mud In Your Eye (2:42)
  9. 9 Can't Get Closer (WCGC) (3:41)
  10. 10 I Came To Dance (4:32)
  11. 11 Shine Silently (3:42)
  12. 12 Night Fades Away (4:21)
  13. 13 Empty Heart (3:04)
  14. 14 Wonderland (3:28)
  15. 15 Room Without Love (3:04)
  16. 16 Across The Tracks (2:54)
  17. 17 Girl In Motion (5:46)
  18. 18 You (3:26)
  19. 19 Life (3:05)
  20. 20 No Mercy (4:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nils Lofgren Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Dobro, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Vibes
William Eaton Background Vocals
Patti Austin Background Vocals
Al Kooper Synthesizer, Keyboards
Buddy Miles Background Vocals
Neil Young Harmonica, Vocals
Chuck Rainey Bass
Louise Goffin Background Vocals
Nicky Hopkins Piano, fender rhodes
Claudia Lennear Background Vocals
Jimmy Maelen Percussion
Eric Ambel Electric Guitar
Jim Gordon Drums
Aynsley Dunbar Drums
Wornell Jones Bass
P.P. Arnold Background Vocals
Bob Babbitt Bass
Johnny Badanjek Drums
Scott Ball Upright Bass
Rubens Bassini Percussion, Conga
Jeff Baxter Guitar, Synthesizer Guitar
Paul Bell Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Bob Ezrin Background Vocals
Stu Gardner Background Vocals
Roger Greenawalt Bass
Ed Greene Drums
Lani Groves Background Vocals
Richie Hayward Drums
Rev. Patrick Henderson Piano
Ron Hicklin Background Vocals
Neil Jason Bass
Robbie Kondor Keyboards
Jody Linscott Percussion
Tom Lofgren Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Branford Marsalis Saxophone
Kevin McCormick Bass, Fretless Bass Guitar
Kim Miller Violin
Andy Newmark Percussion, Drums
Holden Raphael Percussion
Emil Richards Percussion
Zachary Sanders Background Vocals
Allan Schwartzberg Drums
Paul Stallworth Bass
Andy York Bass
String Quartet Strings
Patricia Smith Viola
Frank Floyd Background Vocals
Marco Botelho Cello
Teri Lazar Violin
Michael Lofgren Vocals, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Technical Credits
William Eaton Vocal Arrangements, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Al Kooper Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Nils Lofgren Producer
Dominic Frontiere Orchestral Arrangements
David Briggs Producer
Eric Ambel Producer
Edgar Winter Duet
Bob Ezrin Producer
Roger Greenawalt Drum Samples
Kevin McCormick Producer
Andy Newmark Producer
Dave Marsh Liner Notes
Vartan Art Direction
Ilene Weingard Art Direction
Al MacMilan Orchestration
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nils' greatest hits

    The last half of this album absolutely blew me away. Tracks 11-17 are the songs I listen to the most. I don't think I've ever heard a more sweetly innocent and romantic song than "Shine Silently".

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