This year has been a big one for singer/songwriter/guitarist Nils Lofgren.
Not only was he inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with his fellow E Street Band members, but he will also release a comprehensive retrospective of his prolific career on May 27.
Called Face the Music, the nine-disc boxed set includes a DVD with 20 performance clips and an illustrated 136-page booklet (featuring an introduction by noted rock journalist Dave Marsh, as well.
The collection is an intimate look at Lofgren’s 45-year solo career, with 169 tracks stretching back to his early work with the band Grin, which he founded at the age of 17 in 1968 around the Washington, D.C., area. Two of the CDs even contain 40 previously unreleased tracks and rarities.
Lofgren selected personal favorites from his four albums with Grin (1970-73) and his solo releases from 1975-92 for A&M, MCA/Backstreets, CBS and Rykodisc. He also culled material from 10 albums he issued since 1993 on his own Cattle Track Roads Records imprint.
Lofgren included such Grin classics as “Like Rain,” “White Lies,” “Slippery Fingers” and “Beggar’s Day” (the last of which he also recorded on Crazy Horse’s 1971 debut). Solo gems include “Back It Up,” “The Sun Hasn’t Set,” “You’re the Weight” and “Dreams Die Hard,” with collaboration from the likes of Young, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Graham Nash, Levon Helm, Al Kooper, Buddy Miles, Aynsley Dunbar, and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter.