|Keith(Richards) don't go!|
There was a time when Nils was the hottest property around, he had a couple of albums that were nothing short of immaculate. His first solo album the self titled 'Nils Lofgren' (1975) contained fabulous guitar based ditties, they were melodic and had superb guitar work all the way through. 'Keith don't Go' was probably the highlight and this is a drawn out version showcasing the talent of Nils. It is a must see. This is one of the great all time riffs. What's your favourite riff! then?
I shared a house in 1974 with a guy and I had earlier introduced him to Led Zeppelin. Was that a mistake? You bet it was! he became obsessed with them. He played them all the time, he talked about them all the time, he even wore Led Zeppelin T-shirts, the sad bastard. Did he not know the rules. It is never cool to wear the T-shirt of the group that you love.
It got to the stage I could not listen to Zep anymore he had put me completely off. It was his group, he had discovered, them they were exclusively his.
A year or so later (I was married then) .We both went to Nottinghill Gate (on a release day) to brouse through all the second hand record shops there. In one shop, there it was 'Phisical Graffiti' (1975). It had got brilliant reviews, I was wavering, I wanted it. He grabbed it and I had to bite the bullet, but next to it, shining in all its glory was Nils second album 'Cry Tough(1976)' I casually picked it up it. I was satisfied, my cravings were fulfilled.
It was brilliant and this track blew me away as it still does today. After the guitar solo in the middle you are simply left breathless with pleasure.
'I swore I was in Heaven'
If you have a heart condition or of a nervous disposition, please, I suggest you stick to Led Zeppelin.
Nils played on Neil Young's 'After the Gold Rush' and has been part of Springsteen's E Street Band, well if that's not a recommendation?
I later bought 'Phisycal Graffiti'
For more WEDNESDAY CLUB petty crime
WEDNESDAY CLUB - Nils Lofgren - It's not a crime/Keith don't Go
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