NILS LOFGREN ‘Blue With Lou’ – CD


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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/E-Street Band member Nils Lofgren returns with a vengeance with his first studio album since 2011. There are six songs on this album that were co-penned with Lou Reed, five of which have never before seen the light of day.

The seeds for Blue With Lou were planted in late 1978 when Lofgren teamed up with producer Bob Ezrin to cut his solo LP Nils. Lofgren wrote a handful of songs with guitarist Dick Wagner, but still felt that he needed help with many of the lyrics. At Ezrin’s encouragement, he met up with Reed, who ended up writing 13 songs worth of lyrics during a 3-day sleepless bender. Several of those co-written songs ended up in each of their respective solo catalogues, but five never saw the light of day – until now.

When surrounded by the six Reed co-writes, Lofgren’s originals are given a slight lift: the whole affair simultaneously feels like an affectionate tribute to a departed friend and a resuscitation of Nils’s gut-level rock & roll. The album is a very memorable entry in the lengthy discography of Nils Lofgren – a solid set regardless of Lou’s input. From searing rock tracks to tender ballads, each composition takes you along on a sonic journey with one of rock’s most respected players, displaying Lofgren’s incredible guitar and songwriting talents.