Face The Music (Box) Box set
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Stock is extremely rare and is sold on a first come first served basis. The stellar 45-year career of singer-songwriter-guitarist Nils Lofgren receives a comprehensive retrospective in Face the Music, a Limited Edition 9CD + Bonus 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 comprehensive, 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.
Top Customer Reviews
This one, though, is a wee bit special. I do have everything from Grin to The Loner, and a few of those excellent soundboard recordings seeping out of every independent label.....but still there must be almost 3 hours of unreleased & rare tracks within the near 12-hour 9-CD audio part. The 2-hour DVD, though, is stuffed with gems, very little of it (if any) to be found on the official DVDs.
The book is also that little bit different from the usual....a genuine life-story, and Nils own words to describe his own choice of tracks, very personalised.....and there's a wee, signed & numbered card, just to boost your collector's value, eventually :0)
To pick stand-out favourites would be difficult, there are so many....some magical songs, some fabulous acoustic guitar work, and a shed-load of blistering, soaring electric guitar tones. "Delivery Night", one of the live tracks, perhaps epitomises Nils live, great lyrics (a lot of relationship stuff in his work), driving rhythm, and amazing guitar.
Play it loud...!!!
Just buy it!
I you are a Nils fan already, then everything is here. The booklet is fascinating, giving insight into how some of the songs were written. Nils knows everyone and has played with most of them. I suspect if you are reading this I am preaching to the converted. Believe.
With this collection you get the very best of his career plus two CD's of previously unreleased gems and a DVD.
Nine CD's plus the DVD.
Look out for the odd day of price drop here on Amazon.
It cost me just £94 a few weeks ago but it has jumped up a little since then.
Enjoy Nils 'Rockin and Flippin' .
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.
This elease is the reason why box sets came along and is utterly a setr of the highest quality, hours of listening pleasure by one of the great musicians and artists of our time. A really nice man as well, who stayed behind after a sold out gig to meet folk and sign every item people wanted. Do yourself the biggest of favour and treat yourself to this wonderous set it's an absolute classic, a musical milestone not to be missed. Shout it out NILS LOFGREN, A GREAT AND WONDERFUL TALENT, THE STUFF OF TRUE LEGENDARY STATUS !
Most Recent Customer Reviews
bought this for the other half for Christmas as we both love Nils and have been going to his concerts for year.....great anthology and a good video.... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Annie from the wood
This is arguably the greatest music box set ever produced! There are so many wonderful hidden gems in this set. I've seen Nils twice now (Not including E Street Band tours). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Garry
This is one of the best box sets/retrospectives I have heard. Lofgren's career is stellar - selected at aged 17 by Neil Young to play on After the Gold Rush, supporting Hendrix... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mr. G. S. Walker
only 3 stars, as you dropped price after I bought it, but the product itself is wonderful and having recently seen Mr Lofgren play Glasgow brought back some good memories tgo be... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kenneth McAlpine
Fab box set - I have been a fan of Nils Lofgren for a long time, and seen him live countless times. This box set is a reminder of all past years following a really nice man.Published 16 months ago by No1Bruce fan
Love it. Is absolutely as described. Was packaged well, and arrived in good time.Published 17 months ago by hollyblue
Excellent - superb box set - my husband said it exceeded his expectations loved his Christmas presentPublished 18 months ago by kinkajoo