4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Now ludicrously expensive, this album, from 1979, was Lofgren's last for the A&M Records label. He'd started off promisingly enough, with his self-titled first album, and the great 'Cry Tough', but just when he looked like he was going to crack it big, he released the misfiring 'I Came To Dance', and then stuck out a double live album, and the momentum was lost. This album was his last roll of the dice, produced by big time sound man Bob Ezrin, and features co-writes with session guitarist Dick Wagner and, oddest of all, Lou Reed. There are some great songs, such as 'No Mercy' (one of the finest ever songs about boxing!), the sweet 'Shine Silently', 'I Found Her' 'I'll Cry Tomorrow', and 'Steal Away', if on occasion a couple of rather sour lyrical barbs, such as in the lamenatable 'Kool Skool' and 'You're So Easy', which lack Lofgren's usual charm. It's a powerful collection, and its lack of availability is puzzling considering many of Lofgren's lesser works are more freely available.