NILS LOFGREN Back It Up!! Live… An Authorized Bootleg (1975)

Back It Up!! Live… An Authorized Bootleg (1975)
A Once Lost Gem

Back in March, around the time we posted Tom Petty’s Official Live ‘Leg (HERE) (1977), I was also going to post this cool, similarly themed live release from Nils Lofgren, first issued in 1975 on A&M Records. When it was initially sent to radio stations as a promo, it was one hot collectible, and rightly so. So, I uploaded it… but just never got around to writing about it. Still haven’t. But, the links are there and it’s now long overdue. Thanks for the tip, JB. Read what the All Music Guide (HERE) has to say. A CD version wouldn’t arrive until 2007. Amazon.

Take You To The Movies Tonight (1:01)
Back It Up (5:58)
Keith Don’t Go (Ode To The Glimmer Twin) (6:26)
I Don’t Want To Know (3:48)
Nils Talks To The Audience (0:30)
The Sun Hasn’t Set On This Boy Yet (3:13)
Goin’ Back (6:03)
Band Intro (0:41)
Like Rain (5:49)
Nils Thanks The Crew (0:30)
Beggar’s Day (7:52)
Soft Fun (2:45)


  • arcadian
    December 6, 2011 - 00:22 | Permalink

    Still waiting for the links! This was really big when I was living in London in 75/76, tracks being played on some radio stations everyday. Especially liked “Keith….” and “Goin’ Back”.
    Would be great to get it ……..

    Thanks for everything you do for us all, posting some gems.

  • Al
    December 6, 2011 - 06:12 | Permalink

    Looking forward to the link on this one, Nils Lofgren is great. Thanks for all your hard work and excellent selections, you are the man!

  • Willard
    December 6, 2011 - 07:49 | Permalink

    Sorry for the delay guys…
    Search HERE

  • December 6, 2011 - 09:38 | Permalink

    I was living down in Maryland in the early 70’s and saw Lofgren many times with Grin. To me, that period was his most productive (up to and including his first solo album). Great songwriter & a demon on the gee-tar!

  • Willard
    December 6, 2011 - 10:58 | Permalink

    Don’t forget the on-stage back flips. I saw him only once, opening for the Guess Who, but the show was a blast.

  • courtney
    December 6, 2011 - 15:03 | Permalink

    Play this alongside a Springsteen boot of the same era and you glean how these passionate performers might wind up on the same path in the end…thanks for the post!

    • Willard
      December 6, 2011 - 15:39 | Permalink

      Yeah, you can hear some Jersey in a few of Nils compositions. Their union didn’t make a lot of sense at first, but the deeper you go into Lofgren’s work, things – as you say – begin to fall into place.

  • furnguy
    December 6, 2011 - 16:29 | Permalink

    thanks. Saw Nils a bunch of times in the mide-70s. Always a good show.

  • Jim G
    December 6, 2011 - 17:07 | Permalink

    Thanks, Just got his newest cd. This a great addition. have a nice Xmas.

  • draftervoi
    December 6, 2011 - 22:21 | Permalink

    Besides the Hip-O-Select version, there was a version available from Nils’ website. If that’s not enough, Wolfgang’s Vault has it posted in streaming audio with one additional track that was never broadcast (“Rock and Roll Crook”).

    • Willard
      December 6, 2011 - 22:31 | Permalink

      Sounds like everybody has a piece of this pie. Thanks for the details.

  • helllomudda
    December 7, 2011 - 04:28 | Permalink

    Hi Willard!

    Is this from the Hip-O CD? I already have a good rip from the vinyl I used to own but would d/l if it’s from CD.

    I bought my vinyl around the time of it’s release, in the UK, in a small shop in Leeds. I think it cost me 2.50 stirling, and for many years took pride of place in my small collection of ‘rarities’, until I ripped it when I bought my first recordable cd player in around 1997, and sold it through my record fair stall.

    Though I also love ‘Cry Tough’, this album and his first studio album are still among my favourite albums of all time.

  • December 7, 2011 - 15:00 | Permalink

    Bought this a long time ago but I’m a Nils freak so that makes sense. And yes, Nils’ first album is one of the best LP’s ever.

    • Willard
      December 7, 2011 - 15:42 | Permalink

      I had that for a short period. It disappeared, mysteriously, within a month.

  • kaelikoo
    March 12, 2013 - 14:40 | Permalink

    This is essential if you’re a Nils Lofgren fan – thanks.

  • April 25, 2014 - 20:37 | Permalink

    Great one. For a short while not long after it had come out, somebody bootlegged the “bootleg” on a perfect vinyl repro, and it was highly coveted amongst my friends and I. In many ways I think it’s still his best solo album. Thanks as always.

    • Willard
      April 26, 2014 - 08:49 | Permalink

      Back in the old days if it wasn’t for the hardworking bootleggers, we would have never have heard this kind of stuff.

      • May 11, 2014 - 11:18 | Permalink

        Yep; totally true. Now we have a few VERY hard-working bloggers:) What you do here is amazing…

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