Nils Lofgren – I Came To Dance

January 01, 1970



1977’s I Came To Dance, Nils Lofgren
continued the musical evolution that had begun with his early-1970s cult band
Grin. With half a dozen albums under his belt, and a stint playing with Neil
Young on his resume, Lofgren brought this experience to I Came To Dance. The result was an almost too-slick studio effort
that shows the talented instrumentalist experimenting with different stylistic
tangents while holding onto his guitar-driven folk-rock sound.


It’s possibly
Lofgren’s most soulful album, his vocals reinforced by backing from R&B
stars Patti Austin and Luther Vandross. The title track successfully matches
wiry guitar and defiant lyrics with a funky heartbeat, while the razor-tuff “Code
of the Road” is a throwback to Lofgren’s rockin’ debut. Although “To
Be A Dreamer” treads too closely to the prog-pop territory of Styx for
comfort, a reckless cover of the Stones’ “Happy” brings back the
soul-swagger with rollicking piano-play from gospel great Rev. Patrick
Henderson. While not the best of Lofgren’s solo albums, it’s a solid work
nonetheless, and an enduring fan favorite.


DOWNLOAD: “I Came To Dance,” “Code of the


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