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Nils Lofgren / “Face the Music” 10CD career retrospective box set

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Singer-songwriter/ guitarist Nils Lofgren celebrates 45 years in music this April with Face the Music, a limited edition 9CD+DVD box set that is individually hand signed and numbered by the artist.

Lofgren himself has selected the 169 tracks which stretch back to 1968 and his early work with his Washington, D.C.-area band Grin. It also includes material from both his major-label solo albums and independent self-released music. Two of the CDs contain 40 previously unreleased tracks and rarities. The DVD features 20 video clips and the 136-page booklet sounds excellent with track-by-track commentary from Lofgren and personal reflections on his work, as well as his tours with the likes of Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, and Ringo Starr.

For full track listing see below. Face The Music is released on 29 April 2014.

Track listing

Disc One (Grin years 1971-1973):

  • 1. See What a Love Can Do 5:01
  • 2. Everybody’s Missin’ the Sun 2:44
  • 3. Like Rain 3:40
  • 4. Outlaw 4:02
  • 5. If I Were a Song 3:10
  • 6. We All Sung Together 3:43
  • 7. Take You to the Movies Tonight 1:45
  • 8. White Lies 3:28
  • 9. Slippery Fingers 4:00
  • 10. Moon Tears 2:18
  • 11. Lost a Number 3:09
  • 12. Soft Fun 5:40
  • 13. Hi, Hello Home 2:29
  • 14. Love or Else 3:40
  • 15. Sad Letter 3:11
  • 16. Ain’t Love Nice 2:09
  • 17. She Ain’t Right 3:27
  • 18. All Out 3:01
  • 19. Rusty Gun 2:20
  • 20. Beggar’s Day (Eulogy To Danny Whitten) 4:18
  • 21. One More Time 5:10

Disc Two (solo years 1975-1977):

  • 1. One More Saturday Night 3:06
  • 2. If I Say It, It’s So 3:03
  • 3. Can’t Buy a Break 3:15
  • 4. Back It Up 2:23
  • 5. I Don’t Want to Know (Live Bootleg Version) 3:48
  • 6. The Sun Hasn’t Set on This Boy Yet 2:48
  • 7. Rock and Roll Crook 2:53
  • 8. Two by Two 3:04
  • 9. Cry Tough 5:06
  • 10. It’s Not a Crime 4:12
  • (Nils Lofgren & Tom Lofgren)
  • 11. Share a Little 5:13
  • 12. Can’t Get Closer (WCGC) 3:43
  • 13. Mud in Your Eye 2:40
  • 14. I Came to Dance 4:30
  • 15. Home Is Where the Hurt Is 4:12
  • 16. Rock Me at Home 4:30
  • 17. You’re the Weight (Live/1977) 5:09
  • 18. Goin’ South (Live/1977) 4:59
  • 19. Incidentally… It’s Over (Live/1977) 4:08

Disc Three (solo years 1979-1983):

  • 1. No Mercy 4:06
  • 2. Shine Silently 3:34 (Nils Lofgren-Dick Wagner)
  • 3. Steal Away 4:05 (Nils Lofgren-Dick Wagner)
  • 4. I Found Her 3:33 (Nils Lofgren-Lou Reed)
  • 5. You’re So Easy 6:00 (Nils & Tom Lofgren-Bob Ezrin-Dick Wagner)
  • 6. A Fool Like Me 3:09 (Nils Lofgren-Lou Reed)
  • 7. Night Fades Away 4:23
  • 8. Ancient History 4:51
  • 9. Sailor Boy 3:55
  • 10. Empty Heart 3:03
  • 11. Don’t Touch Me 4:02
  • 12. I Go to Pieces 2:53 (Del Shannon)
  • 13. Across the Tracks 2:52
  • 14. Daddy Dream 4:53
  • 15. Wonderland 3:32
  • 16. Room Without Love 3:03
  • 17. Confident Girl 3:06
  • 18. Into the Night 3:45
  • 19. Deadline 4:09
  • 20. Everybody Wants 3:42

Disc Four (solo years 1985-1992):

  • 1. Secrets in the Street 4:33
  • 2. Big Tears Fall 6:07
  • 3. Dreams Die Hard 3:32
  • 4. Girl in Motion 5:51
  • 5. Walkin’ Nerve 3:53
  • 6. Trouble’s Back 5:20
  • 7. Bein’ Angry 5:54
  • 8. Valentine 6:13
  • 9. A Child Could Tell 4:20
  • 10. You 3:30
  • 11. Shot At You 5:48
  • 12. Crooked Line 4:55
  • 13. Someday 5:32
  • 14. New Kind of Freedom 3:41
  • 15. Drunken Driver 6:28

Disc Five (self-released 1993-1998):

  • 1. Alone 6:08
  • 2. No Return 3:54
  • 3. Tender Love 8:37
  • 4. Dreams Come True 4:23
  • 5. Out of the Grave 8:09
  • 6. Lion’s Wake 2:16
  • 7. Damaged Goods 3:43
  • 8. Only Five Minutes 5:27
  • 9. Setting Sun 3:42
  • 10. Life 3:07 (Nils Lofgren-Lou Reed)
  • 11. Nothin’s Fallin’ 5:06
  • 12. Little On Up 5:02
  • 13. Blue Skies 4:02
  • 14. Black Books 5:24
  • 15. Man in the Moon 3:19
  • 16. Believe 3:46

Disc Six (self-released 1997-2001):

  • 1. Delivery Night 5:01
  • 2. Code of the Road 8:20
  • 3. New Holes in Old Shoes 5:10
  • 4. Puttin’ Out Fires 6:22
  • 5. I Found You 4:35
  • 6. Love a Child 2:57
  • 7. Driftin’ Man 3:06 (Nils Lofgren-Lou Reed)
  • 8. Without You 3:43
  • 9. Heaven’s Answer to Blue 4:17
  • 10. Seize Love 5:30
  • 11. Open Road 3:13
  • 12. Speed Kills 3:11
  • 13. I’m Buyin’ 2:52
  • 14. The Wind 4:27
  • 15. We Got Guys 1:07
  • 16. Hard Lines 1:02
  • 17. Tears on Ice 4:46
  • 18. Misery 4:43

Disc Seven (self-released 2002-2011):

  • 1. Like Rain 4:52
  • 2. The Star-Spangled Banner 2:39
  • 3. In Your Hands 3:19
  • 4. Mr. Hardcore 5:07
  • 5. Tried and True 1:56
  • 6. Frankie Hang On 3:43
  • 7. Fat Girls Dance 4:37
  • 8. I Am a Child 3:13 (Neil Young)
  • 9. Mr. Soul 4:21 (Neil Young)
  • 10. World on a String 3:16 (Neil Young)
  • 11. Old School 3:12
  • 12. 60 Is the New 18 3:02
  • 13. Miss You Ray 2:39
  • 14. Amy Joan Blues 2:42
  • 15. Dream Big 4:31
  • 16. Irish Angel 5:10 (Bruce McCabe)
  • 17. Ain’t Too Many of Us Left 4:41
  • 18. When You Were Mine 4:33
  • 19. Why Me 4:24
  • 20. Wreck on the Highway 4:37 (Bruce Springsteen)

Disc Eight (unreleased):

  • 1. Keith Don’t Go 3:33
  • 2. Try 3:36
  • 3. Sing for Happiness 3:15
  • 4. Duty 3:28
  • 5. Sweet Four Wings 3:48
  • 6. Just to Have You 2:17
  • 7. I’ll Arise 2:51
  • 8. Some Must Dream 4:46
  • 9. Stay Hungry 3:41
  • 10. Heaven’s Rain 3:36
  • 11. Whatever Happened to Muscatel 2:49
  • 12. You In My Arms 2:48
  • 13. Here for You 3:37
  • 14. Hide My Heart 4:22
  • 15. Love Is. . . 4:28
  • 16. Awesome Girl 3:36
  • 17. When You Are Loved 2:55
  • 18. Bullets Fever 3:06
  • 19. Message 11:20

Disc Nine (unreleased):

  • 1. Beauty and the Beast 3:42
  • 2. You Are the Melody 3:24
  • 3. Tears Inside 3:32
  • 4. Face the Music 4:48
  • 5. I Don’t Stand a Chance 3:28
  • 6. What Is Enuf?!! 4:02
  • 7. London 4:03
  • 8. Go Away 4:09
  • 9. Heart Like A Hammer 4:11
  • 10. True Love Conquers Legends 3:40
  • 11. Yankee Stadium 3:02
  • 12. Sad Walk 5:23
  • 13. Dalmatian 4:05
  • 14. I’m Coming Back 3:59 (Tom Lofgren)
  • 15. Mad, Mad World 3:31
  • 16. Jhoon Rhee Ad :28
  • 17. It’s Better to Know You 2:43
  • 18. Last Time I Saw You 2:03
  • 19. Mist and Morning Rain 2:49
  • 20. Miss You “C” 2:38
  • 21. Oh Holy Night (Strings, Choir Arranged & Conducted by Kevin Stoller) 2:58 (A. Adams-J. Dwight)

Disc Ten (DVD):

  • 1. Windy (Flip Combo) 2:03
  • 2. Dream Big 5:18
  • 3. Too Many Miles 7:35
  • 4. Keith Don’t Go 7:13
  • 5. Bein’ Angry 4:45
  • 6. Shine Silently 7:03
  • 7. Big Tears Fall 5:18
  • 8. I Found You 6:10
  • 9. No Mercy 4:24
  • 10. Gun and Run 8:03
  • 11. See What Love Can Do 8:03
  • 12. If I Were a Song 3:03
  • 13. Slippery Fingers 4:23
  • 14. Like Rain 4:12
  • 15. Moon Tears 5:25
  • 16. I Came to Dance 11:42
  • 17. Everybody’s Missin’ the Sun 3:29
  • 18. Ain’t Love Nice 2:35
  • 19. I’ll Arise 3:04
  • 20. Nils Lofgren: The Art of Adapting 8:11

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5 responses to Nils Lofgren / “Face the Music” 10CD career retrospective box set

  1. Eurovision says:

    Nils Lofgren ~ Face the Music

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    UPC: 88807234731

    The stellar 45-year career of singer-songwriter-guitarist Nils Lofgren receives a comprehensive retrospective in Face the Music, a limited edition nine-CD/one-DVD boxed set that is individually hand signed and numbered by the artist.

    The collection’s music component, selected by Lofgren himself, comprises 169 tracks, stretching back to Lofgren’s early work with his Washington, D.C.-area band Grin, which he founded at the age of 17 in 1968, and surveying both his major-label solo albums and independent self-released music. Two of the CDs contain 40 previously unreleased tracks and rarities. The DVD features 20 video clips selected from a body of performances as diverse as Nils’ career.

    A detailed, lavishly illustrated 136-page booklet, with an introduction by noted rock journalist Dave Marsh, contains Lofgren’s track-by-track commentary and personal reflections on his work, as well as his tours of duty as a sideman with such luminaries as Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, and Ringo Starr. The set also contains homages to Lofgren by such colleagues as Bonnie Raitt, Joe Walsh, Sting, Bono, and Paul Rodgers.

    In its entirety, the set gives a comprehensive, intimately detailed picture of the performer Neil Young — who hired the 18-year-old Lofgren to play piano and guitar on After the Gold Rush in 1969 — calls “an inspiration to me for many years.” A true triple threat, Lofgren has distinguished himself as the writer of melodic, affecting, and hard-rocking songs, a sensitive and seemingly ageless singer, and a guitarist of incomparable power and imagination.

    Disc One (Grin years 1971-1973):
    1. See What a Love Can Do 5:01
    2. Everybody’s Missin’ the Sun 2:44
    3. Like Rain 3:40
    4. Outlaw 4:02
    5. If I Were a Song 3:10
    6. We All Sung Together 3:43
    7. Take You to the Movies Tonight 1:45
    8. White Lies 3:28
    9. Slippery Fingers 4:00
    10. Moon Tears 2:18
    11. Lost a Number 3:09
    12. Soft Fun 5:40
    13. Hi, Hello Home 2:29
    14. Love or Else 3:40
    15. Sad Letter 3:11
    16. Ain’t Love Nice 2:09
    17. She Ain’t Right 3:27
    18. All Out 3:01
    19. Rusty Gun 2:20
    20. Beggar’s Day (Eulogy To Danny Whitten) 4:18
    21. One More Time 5:10
    Disc Two (solo years 1975-1977):
    1. One More Saturday Night 3:06
    2. If I Say It, It’s So 3:03
    3. Can’t Buy a Break 3:15
    4. Back It Up 2:23
    5. I Don’t Want to Know (Live Bootleg Version) 3:48
    6. The Sun Hasn’t Set on This Boy Yet 2:48
    7. Rock and Roll Crook 2:53
    8. Two by Two 3:04
    9. Cry Tough 5:06
    10. It’s Not a Crime 4:12
    (Nils Lofgren & Tom Lofgren)
    11. Share a Little 5:13
    12. Can’t Get Closer (WCGC) 3:43
    13. Mud in Your Eye 2:40
    14. I Came to Dance 4:30
    15. Home Is Where the Hurt Is 4:12
    16. Rock Me at Home 4:30
    17. You’re the Weight (Live/1977) 5:09
    18. Goin’ South (Live/1977) 4:59
    19. Incidentally… It’s Over (Live/1977) 4:08
    Disc Three (solo years 1979-1983):
    1. No Mercy 4:06
    2. Shine Silently 3:34
    (Nils Lofgren-Dick Wagner)
    3. Steal Away 4:05
    (Nils Lofgren-Dick Wagner)
    4. I Found Her 3:33
    (Nils Lofgren-Lou Reed)
    5. You’re So Easy 6:00
    (Nils & Tom Lofgren-Bob Ezrin-Dick Wagner)
    6. A Fool Like Me 3:09
    (Nils Lofgren-Lou Reed)
    7. Night Fades Away 4:23
    8. Ancient History 4:51
    9. Sailor Boy 3:55
    10. Empty Heart 3:03
    11. Don’t Touch Me 4:02
    12. I Go to Pieces 2:53
    (Del Shannon) Bug Music/Mole Hole Music/Unichappell Music Inc.-BMI
    13. Across the Tracks 2:52
    14. Daddy Dream 4:53
    15. Wonderland 3:32
    16. Room Without Love 3:03
    17. Confident Girl 3:06
    18. Into the Night 3:45
    19. Deadline 4:09
    20. Everybody Wants 3:42
    Disc Four (solo years 1985-1992):
    1. Secrets in the Street 4:33
    2. Big Tears Fall 6:07
    3. Dreams Die Hard 3:32
    4. Girl in Motion 5:51
    5. Walkin’ Nerve 3:53
    6. Trouble’s Back 5:20
    7. Bein’ Angry 5:54
    8. Valentine 6:13
    9. A Child Could Tell 4:20
    10. You 3:30
    11. Shot At You 5:48
    12. Crooked Line 4:55
    13. Someday 5:32
    14. New Kind of Freedom 3:41
    15. Drunken Driver 6:28
    Disc Five (self-released 1993-1998):
    1. Alone 6:08
    2. No Return 3:54
    3. Tender Love 8:37
    4. Dreams Come True 4:23
    5. Out of the Grave 8:09
    6. Lion’s Wake 2:16
    7. Damaged Goods 3:43
    8. Only Five Minutes 5:27
    9. Setting Sun 3:42
    10. Life 3:07
    (Nils Lofgren-Lou Reed)
    11. Nothin’s Fallin’ 5:06
    12. Little On Up 5:02
    13. Blue Skies 4:02
    14. Black Books 5:24
    15. Man in the Moon 3:19
    16. Believe 3:46
    Disc Six (self-released 1997-2001):
    1. Delivery Night 5:01
    2. Code of the Road 8:20
    3. New Holes in Old Shoes 5:10
    4. Puttin’ Out Fires 6:22
    5. I Found You 4:35
    6. Love a Child 2:57
    7. Driftin’ Man 3:06
    (Nils Lofgren-Lou Reed)
    8. Without You 3:43
    9. Heaven’s Answer to Blue 4:17
    10. Seize Love 5:30
    11. Open Road 3:13
    12. Speed Kills 3:11
    13. I’m Buyin’ 2:52
    14. The Wind 4:27
    15. We Got Guys 1:07
    16. Hard Lines 1:02
    17. Tears on Ice 4:46
    18. Misery 4:43
    Disc Seven (self-released 2002-2011):
    1. Like Rain 4:52
    2. The Star-Spangled Banner 2:39
    Francis Scott Key) P.D.
    3. In Your Hands 3:19
    4. Mr. Hardcore 5:07
    5. Tried and True 1:56
    6. Frankie Hang On 3:43
    7. Fat Girls Dance 4:37
    8. I Am a Child 3:13
    (Neil Young) Broken Arrow Music Corporation/Richie Furay Music-BMI
    9. Mr. Soul 4:21
    (Neil Young) Broken Arrow Music Corporation/Richie Furay Music-BMI
    10. World on a String 3:16
    (Neil Young) Silver Fiddle Music-ASCAP
    11. Old School 3:12
    12. 60 Is the New 18 3:02
    13. Miss You Ray 2:39
    14. Amy Joan Blues 2:42
    15. Dream Big 4:31
    16. Irish Angel 5:10
    (Bruce McCabe) Ryan Cory Music-BMI
    17. Ain’t Too Many of Us Left 4:41
    18. When You Were Mine 4:33
    19. Why Me 4:24
    20. Wreck on the Highway 4:37
    (Bruce Springsteen) Bruce Springsteen Music-ASCAP
    Disc Eight (unreleased):
    1. Keith Don’t Go 3:33
    2. Try 3:36
    3. Sing for Happiness 3:15
    4. Duty 3:28
    5. Sweet Four Wings 3:48
    6. Just to Have You 2:17
    7. I’ll Arise 2:51
    8. Some Must Dream 4:46
    9. Stay Hungry 3:41
    10. Heaven’s Rain 3:36
    11. Whatever Happened to Muscatel 2:49
    12. You In My Arms 2:48
    13. Here for You 3:37
    14. Hide My Heart 4:22
    15. Love Is. . . 4:28
    16. Awesome Girl 3:36
    17. When You Are Loved 2:55
    18. Bullets Fever 3:06
    19. Message 11:20
    Disc Nine (unreleased):
    1. Beauty and the Beast 3:42
    2. You Are the Melody 3:24
    3. Tears Inside 3:32
    4. Face the Music 4:48
    5. I Don’t Stand a Chance 3:28
    6. What Is Enuf?!! 4:02
    7. London 4:03
    8. Go Away 4:09
    9. Heart Like A Hammer 4:11
    10. True Love Conquers Legends 3:40
    11. Yankee Stadium 3:02
    12. Sad Walk 5:23
    13. Dalmatian 4:05
    14. I’m Coming Back 3:59
    (Tom Lofgren)
    15. Mad, Mad World 3:31
    16. Jhoon Rhee Ad :28
    17. It’s Better to Know You 2:43
    18. Last Time I Saw You 2:03
    19. Mist and Morning Rain 2:49
    20. Miss You “C” 2:38
    21. Oh Holy Night (Strings, Choir Arranged & Conducted by Kevin Stoller) 2:58
    (A. Adams-J. Dwight)
    Disc Ten (DVD):
    1. Windy (Flip Combo) 2:03
    2. Dream Big 5:18
    3. Too Many Miles 7:35
    4. Keith Don’t Go 7:13
    5. Bein’ Angry 4:45
    6. Shine Silently 7:03
    7. Big Tears Fall 5:18
    8. I Found You 6:10
    9. No Mercy 4:24
    10. Gun and Run 8:03
    11. See What Love Can Do 8:03
    12. If I Were a Song 3:03
    13. Slippery Fingers 4:23
    14. Like Rain 4:12
    15. Moon Tears 5:25
    16. I Came to Dance 11:42
    17. Everybody’s Missin’ the Sun 3:29
    18. Ain’t Love Nice 2:35
    19. I’ll Arise 3:04
    20. Nils Lofgren: The Art of Adapting 8:11

  2. Hedley says:

    Its easy to forget how big Nils Lofgren was as a solo artist, for a while. I saw Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers open for Nils, down the Hammersmith.
    Nils was doing all that back flip off a trampette while playing guitar stuff – he was pretty cool

    • embraceyourinnerhillbilly says:

      I have a bootleg of Nils and another of the Petty show from the PinkPop Festival in late May of ’77….both shows are excellent, but quite short sets.
      What a great memory/my rock n roll youth concert story to share. thanks

  3. Mickey says:

    Looks good albeit pricey, and most fans have a lot of it already. I would rather see the double live album from the 70s released on cd.

  4. Mike Bennett says:

    Saw Grin at The Kennedy Center. Saw Nils
    In High School at WJ. Went to the tribute
    12 years ago on the grass in Bethesda.
    Every artist who contributed (except Bruce)
    Was there. Nils mom was so proud and gave
    A touching speech. I bought the DvD.

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