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The stellar career of singer-songwriter-guitarist Nils Lofgren receives a comprehensive retrospective in Face the Music, 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 full-length, 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.

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  • Audio CD (August 5, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Fantasy
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,771 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By zoom zoom on August 7, 2014
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Nils Lofgren and Co. really knocked this one out of the park! I own quite a few box sets and anthologies, and I got to say that this one is easily one of the best boxes I have ever seen. I would say that Amazon's Editorial review describes this box pretty accurately. That being said, I would like to add couple of personal thoughts on this fantastic collection. I first heard Nils in the 70's, a friend turned me on to him. I heard Grin on the radio, and owned a few vinyl records back in the day (Nils Lofgren, Cry Tough, I Came To Dance, Back It Up!). I really liked what I heard. There is something about Lofgren's music and artistry that is distinctively his own. He can play a mean guitar (and pretty much anything else for that matter), and his song writing is meaningful and real. He has this amazing ability to effortlessly take you with him on his musical transcendence, and after 40 + years he is indeed a master of his art. I didn't follow him as much after that era, but I certainly knew who he was after it. I would assume that a whole new generation of fans came after Nils signed up with Bruce and The E Street Band. Gaining unimaginable exposure during the U.S.A. world tour that followed. I on the other hand, was not one of the Bruce fans that joined with the "Born In The USA" explosion. But I will say that I was very pleased that Bruce took him in. He knew what Nils Lofgren could bring to his band, and so did countless of other big names in the music industry. That is the point I guess I am trying to make here. Whether you are familiar with Lofgren's solo career, or you are new to it, this box set is the perfect exposure to his musical journey. For the long time fan, there are two discs of previously unreleased material and an amazing dvd to make it interesting for you too.Read more ›
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By AmazonToday on September 4, 2014
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This is a costly item but it does contain 9 CDs and 1 DVD. ( I purchased from here rather than and paid half the price at 82 GBP Delivery took about a week and I paid no import duties)

The music as you can see from the listing below spans his entire career and includes previously unreleased material.
I find it unbelievable he hasn't had a load of hits over the years as his he has written and played some fantastic music.
CD's 3 and 4 are my personal favourites.

As an all round singer songwriter and multi instrument player Nils Lofgren is up there with the best of then and in particular his Guitar playing is better than awesome.

I have collected just about all of Nils CDs over the years. Many of them of them are quite hard to come by now. (I now note "Night after Night" has recently been released as a Japan double CD replica without slashing tracks) I have seem him in concert about a dozen times in the UK over the years, This collection certainly is a worthy purchase and addition

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
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Nils Lofgren is best known as a sideman with Bruce Springsteen now but, for decades before, he was a critically acclaimed artist on his own at first with the band Grin and then, later, as a solo artist. Sadly, Nils music came and went out of print so quickly that even many fans couldn't find it all.

This 9 CD, 1 DVD set looks to rectify that situation and also give Nils the attention he deserves as an artist. Even for fans this set will be essential with two discs of rarities and a DVD of performances.

This is a nicely designed set with a 120+ page book. The CDs are housed in a large cardboard holder. I'm not a big fan of the design for this myself but if you store it carefully, it could work. I myself will be storing them in jewel boxes. There is a card inside that is numbered and signed by Nils.

There are minor quibbles that one could make about the track selection and what's missing but, on the whole, this is an excellent set.

No silly stuff like marbles, etc.--just the music, a signature card, a great booklet and handsome package design.

This is limited to 3000 copies so I would pick this up while you can.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. W. Riggs on August 8, 2014
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Nils CV reads like a who's who's of music from the last 40 plus years. Aged 17 he played on Neil Young's career defining record After the Goldrush and has really never looked back having joined the E Street band in the mid 80s where at times he's been seen as a sideman for Bruce. Hopefully this lavish and expensive box set will alter the view on Nils.
From his early days with Grin (1+1 produced by Graham Nash) is a classic to his most recent releases this box captures with 10 discs the varied career, mostly forgotten is his solo records which although not one of the most gifted songwriters is packed full of very good songs. Remember also Nils played on the first Crazy Horse record with his back to the camera on the cover as his record company wouldn't allow him to play on this as it was on Reprise, he played and sang with Danny Whitten! Live Nils is tremendous, as a guitar player he is astounding live - catch next time he's in your area. Limited editions tend to include loads of padding but this box is full of gems.
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I have been waiting for this release for a while now. I am most curious about the two CD's of unreleased and demos. The DVD should be good fun as well. Also a 136 page booklet summarizing his career is also good.
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