Nils Lofgren Band - Live
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This double disc set includes tracks from Nils' early career, White Lies and Lost a Number , the classic I Don't Wanna Talk About It , as well as newer solo tracks, such as Puttin' Out Fires, and his rendition of The Star Spangled Banner.
Bruce Springsteen has frequently introduced Nils Lofgren as the "greatest, most overqualified" second guitarist in rock & roll. And Lofgren will certainly be remembered as one of the great team players, first as second chair to Neil Young, more recently with the E Street Band. The fact that the Rolling Stones wanted him to replace Mick Taylor and those early tours leading Ringo Starr's band blurs the fact that Lofgren has created some terrific music of his own. This 2003 release is his fifth official live album, and while not quite the raucous affair that 1977's Night After Night, it still proves Lofgren to be a formidable talent as a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and bandleader. The set list touches on more obscure moments from his career, dating back to four tunes from his early trio Grin, one from his debut LP, and a touching tribute to long-deceased Crazy Horse co-guitarist Danny Whitten via the latter's "I Don't Want To Talk About It." Lofgren produces a wonderful guitar sound--and covers of "The Star Spangled Banner" and Roberta Flack's "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (a studio bonus track) reveal that he still possesses one of the more beautiful and soothing voices in all of rock music. --Bill Holdship
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Track One: almost a full minute shorter. Supposed to be a 2 song medley, "Take You To The Movies" is stripped off. This alone is reason to pass on this one. But it gets worse,
Track 4 also a minute shorter than the same track on the original.
Track 5 goes against the grain, oddly, being about 40 seconds LONGER (?)SO with these two perhaps some form of "robbing peter to pay paul" is going on here. But we're not done !
Track 7 is shorter by a full 2 minutes.
0 reviews should have been a red light for me.....
1 star only here. 4 stars off for the hatchet-job.