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Hanging Tough

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  • Audio CD (24 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Smokin'
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,838 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Intro (Live)0:21£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Keith Don't Go (Ode to the Glimmer Twin)[Live] 6:11£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Cry Tough (Live) 6:18£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Hunter (Save Me)[Live] 4:30£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Code of the Road (Live)12:28Album Only
Listen  6. Goin' Back (Live) 7:21£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Like Rain (Live) 5:49£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Incidentally, It's Over (Live) 4:33£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Moontears (Live) 5:42£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Came to Dance (Live) 8:05£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Take You to the Movies Tonight (Live) 1:16£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Back It Up (Live) 7:00£0.69  Buy MP3 

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Nils Lofgren, sidekick to the stars... and a flaming star in his own right. Both Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen have showcased the talents of Nils Lofgren within their own bands for many years, yet the man has still managed to create a superb portfolio of his own material, released under his own name, and with his highly regarded early 1970 s band, Grin. The performance here was recorded at a prestigious club date at New York s 400-seater Bottom Line, in the winter of 1977, following the release of Nils third solo album, I Came To Dance . Born in Chicago in 1951, Nils Lofgren s first musical instrument was the accordion, however by 1968 he had formed Grin, a rock outfit based in Washington D.C.. He soon came to the attention of Neil Young who recruited Nils to play guitar and piano on his classic After The Goldrush album in 1970. The following year he played on the debut album of Young s long-time backing band Crazy Horse. The Young-Lofgren association continued for many years. Most notable are Lofgren s contributions to Neil s magnificently harrowing 1975 album Tonight s The Night and 1982 s vocoder-drenched and Kraftwerk-inspired Trans . Concurrently, Nils used his time in the spotlight to secure a record deal for Grin. Between 1971 and 1973, the band made four excellent pop-rock albums ( Grin , 1+1 , All Out and Gone Crazy ), with all the material being written entirely by Nils. It is a testament to the strength of these songs that 3 of the finest numbers from this era are included in the performance preserved here: the irresistible rocker Moon Tears, the plaintive ballad Like Rain and the all-too-brief Take You To The Movies Tonight. In 1974 Lofgren chose to dispense with Grin and released the first album under his own name. Jon Landau s 1975 Rolling Stone review heralded it as one of the finest rock LPs of the year. Superb, radio-friendly rockers like Keith Don t Go (an open letter to the Stones Keith Richards) and Back It Up received heavy airplay. The softer side of Nils Lofgren is also well illustrated by the gorgeous version of Jerry Goffin and Carole King s outstanding ballad Goin Back, originally made famous in 1966 by Dusty Springfield and a year later by The Byrds. 1976 s Cry Tough was another strong release - and also achieved Lofgren s highest Billboard chart position at number 32. Both the rallying-call title track and balladic Incidentally It s Over are included here. Similarly, 1977 s I Came To Dance is represented by its title track and the set s magnum opus, Code Of The Road. Tom Lofgren, Nils brother plays second guitar and sings backing vocals - he was a mainstay of the touring band and his musical involvement dated back to the final brace of Grin albums in 1973. Bassist Wornell Jones was another regular in the Lofgren camp during the mid 1970 s, playing on three studio albums. Drummer David Platshon has worked sporadically with Nils across the years, and also recorded with John Stewart and Dolly Parton. Finally, keyboard player Patrick Henderson is well known for his association with the Doobie Brothers, but has also played with a vast diversity of artists including Leon Russell, Michael Bolton and Freddie King. Ever-active, Nils Lofgren went on to release 20 more albums up until 2011 s Old School and - since 1984 - has contributed to many tours and albums by Bruce Springsteen - most recently to Wrecking Ball in 2012.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By spike on 1 Mar 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is great and those who don't have "Night After Night" should snap
it up.It's Nils in New York 1977 promoting the then,New "I Came To Dance album. How good a representation it is of the tour ?I don't know. As I was too young to attend it,but it must have been one great journey seeing that in the eyes of many not even the brilliant "Night After Night" did it justice.

There are many highlights in the set to the discerning listener,just a few are:
the altered intro to "Keith" ,Nils singing which is great at this time.David Plashton seemingly controlling the whole bands dynamics on the tips of his drum roll in "Code Of The Road",the Rev Patrick Henderson's piano playing in "Moontears" and let's hear it for Tommy Lofgrens playing in "Going Back",such melodic playing,he's a good player and hasn't been credited enough.

The mix is very good ,with relatively clear separation between instruments,allowing those interested to follow the lines of each musician.It's fascinating how they're all doing different things,so much going on but it all fits together perfectly.-make no mistake,this was one hot band the energy of the rhythm section and the inner spring and dynamics within the band particularly outstanding.It must be one of those rare moments in time when the right musicians came together to play this magnificent unique music.

The most welcome revelation for me is the awakening of what appears to be a lost nils classic"Jealous Gun" or "Hunter" as its mysteriously called here.Although there are no backing vocals ,(Mic loss?) the live performance gives it a new lease of life and it affirms to me that "I Came To Dance" was a great album and badly underestimated.It's a pity "Happy Ending Kids" isn't on this as that was meant to be superior live too.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Powell on 22 Mar 2014
Format: Audio CD
Back in the 80's I was really into Nils' stuff and my particular favorite was his first live album Night After Night. I had that album on tape and played it so much it eventually gave up the ghost, seized up and had to be thrown away. I've been looking for a cd copy ever since but, of course, it has never been released on cd, and when you think of the rubbish that has been re-released on cd over that time it's criminal that Night has been overlooked. But now this release almost makes up for it. Taken from a show at The Bottom Line in New York on the same tour Night was recorded this is an excellent performance, the band are tight and as an unofficial unauthorized legal bootleg there has been no tinkering with it, which is where so many live albums often fall down. In fact if you compare these recordings to the ones on Night (Check out Youtube) they have a much harder edge to them, all the rough edges that had been smoothed out on Night have been left there and probably the better for it. All the usual suspects are on there and the band plays them like their lives depend on it. As for the man himself, his voice was clearly in fine fettle (Remember no post production tinkering here) and his guitar playing is right up there. Does that mean if Night After Night ever does get that re-release on cd I'll ignore it? Nah, I'd still have to get it for old times sake but this will certainly make do in the meantime. If, like me, you've been searching in vain for a copy of Night After Night over the years then this will more than fill the gap I can assure you. It's a little gem!!!
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By Hot Rocks on 30 Sep 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Excellent service which complimented and excellent recording.
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By Terence Riley on 9 Sep 2014
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Great item and recommended to all,thanks
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