Nils Lofgren Back It Up Live ’85

Back It Up Live ’85 is a recording of a live radio broadcast by Nils Lofgren in concert.

It was recorded at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey on 1 November 1985 during the tour to promote the Flip studio album and is released on the Echoes label. It is not to be confused with the similarly titled Back It Up Official Bootleg from 1975.

Nils Lofgren Back It Up Live '85

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Songs On Nils Lofgren Back It Up Live ’85

  1. Introduction – 0:57
  2. Beggars Day – 5:05 (originally from Grin’s Gone Crazy album)
  3. Secrets In The Street – 5:51 (Flip)
  4. Dream Die Hard – 4:29 (Flip)
  5. Little Bit O’ Time – 2:52
  6. The Sun Hasn’t Set On This Boy Yet – 3:24 (Nils Lofgren)
  7. Code Of The Road – 10:26 (I Came To Dance)
  8. Rock And Roll Crook – 3:26 (Nils Lofgren)
  9. Cry Tough – 6:55 (Cry Tough)
  10. New Holes In Old Shoes – 5:31 (Flip)
  11. No Mercy – 6:13 (Nils)
  12. Big Tears Fall – 6:09 (Flip)
  13. Any Time At All – 3:33
  14. Empty Heart – 8:29
  15. Like Rain – 5:23 (From Grin’s first album called Grin)
  16. Moon Tears – 3:38 (Grin’s 1+1 album)
  17. Sweet Midnight – 9:02 (Flip)
  18. Flip Ya Flip – 5:34 (Flip)
  19. I Don’t Want To Talk About It – 5:05 (cover of the Crazy Horse song)
  20. Back It Up – 4:01 (Nils Lofgren)
  21. Shine Silently – 12:13 (Nils)
  22. I Came To Dance – 7:49 (I Came To Dance)
  23. Outro – Station ID – 1:30

Six songs from the studio album the band were promoting Flip and a collection of previous career highlights going back to Grin and Crazy Horse make this a nice set to hear.

This is a copy of the broadcast on the radio so you get to hear the DJ’s introduction at the start and summary at the end together with any other comments made during the concert. I’d much prefer they weren’t there.

This is very much Lofgren still in guitar hero mode which takes the emphasis away from his more fragile voice. I can understand his voice putting some people off but I like it.

There are a lot of live recordings available from Nils Lofgren and that makes it tough to choose one or two to sum up a career. The readers poll below may disagree but I don’t think that there’s one outstanding live album that is a must-have.


Buying Nils Lofgren Back It Up Live ’85

It is available from and may be available from Just don’t get confused with the 1975 live album also called Back It Up.

These radio broadcasts are released in Europe because the copyright laws  lapse on radio broadcasts after a certain period of time.

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