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Somewhere about midway through this great DVD, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, one of the numerous "friends" who join Nils Lofgren here--and no guitar slouch himself--offers the following assessment of Lofgren:
"There are three kinds of guitar people. There are guitar owners, and there's about a million of those. There are guitar players, and there's a few of those. Then there are guitarists," Baxter says turning to look at his friend Lofgren. "Nils writes great songs. He sings beautifully. But there are only a few people who can do what he does with a guitar."
To be sure, Nils Lofgren has written some damn fine songs over the years. It's possible you may have even heard a few of them. The funky "I Came to Dance," the lovely ballad "Valentine," or his ode to a Rolling Stone "Keith Don't Go" come to mind.
However it's far more likely you haven't, as Nils Lofgren is best known as a sideman. You know him for his fine work on Neil Young albums like After The Gold Rush. You even more likely know him as that guitarist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band who looks like a sawed-off cross between Keith Richards and Joey from Friends. You remember right? Nils was that guy who did the backflips off a trampoline on the Born In The USA tour. He even did a solo album called Flip around that time.
The thing is, what a lot of people don't know about Lofgren is that he is a world class guitarist. Although he has had his moments with Springsteen--the solos on the title tracks of both Tunnel Of Love and The Rising are just two such moments uniquely stamped with his signature--Lofgren's virtuoso ability is largely swallowed up in the big noise created by the E Street Band.
Not so on this great DVD.Read more ›
What can I say the stuff I was not familiar with was a revelation. I had forgotten just how good this guy is. Flanked by many of his old friends the best review I can give of this DVD is a quote from Jeff "Skunk" Baxter.
"Nils is a triple scale guy in a double scale world"
If you want to hear beautiful songs delivered by a master guitarist backed by a top flight musicians.
Buy and enjoy
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Heard "Keith Don't Go" as I was driving over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in February. HAD TO HAVE the entire disc!Published on September 2, 2013 by Janet Forsberg
If you like to hear a fantastic guitar player you need to listen to Nils Lofgren. The former leader of "Grin" and the leader of Springsteen's band does a great job on acoustic work... Read morePublished on December 4, 2009 by Robert