10 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Prior to playing with Neil Young and long before handling guitar duties with Bruce Springsteen, Nils Lofgren formed the band Grin and recorded some solid rock ‘n’ roll that received better reviews than album sales. Lofgren’s work with Young on Harvest not only hooked him up with Young’s infamous producer David Briggs, but it also landed Lofgren a record deal. Grin’s 1972 sophomore album 1 +1 begins with the instantly catchy “White Lies,” an acoustic guitar based song bolstered by a buoyant rhythm section and gussied up with gliding vocal harmonies in the chorus, courtesy of drummer Bob Berberich and bass player Bob Gordon. While Briggs’ mix gives most of 1 +1 a warm and light feel, album anomaly “Slippery Fingers” kicks out some cowbell-heavy jams with weighty guitar distortion and Lofgren inflecting like Steven Tyler before “Moon Tears” grooves like Roky Erickson singing for the Seeds. The latter rocker unleashes the album’s most impressive guitar work with stellar tone and ringing harmonics. Graham Nash lends his silky smooth voice to the twangy folk-rocking “Hi, Hello Home.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Prior to playing with Neil Young and long before handling guitar duties with Bruce Springsteen, Nils Lofgren formed the band Grin and recorded some solid rock ‘n’ roll that received better reviews than album sales. Lofgren’s work with Young on Harvest not only hooked him up with Young’s infamous producer David Briggs, but it also landed Lofgren a record deal. Grin’s 1972 sophomore album 1 +1 begins with the instantly catchy “White Lies,” an acoustic guitar based song bolstered by a buoyant rhythm section and gussied up with gliding vocal harmonies in the chorus, courtesy of drummer Bob Berberich and bass player Bob Gordon. While Briggs’ mix gives most of 1 +1 a warm and light feel, album anomaly “Slippery Fingers” kicks out some cowbell-heavy jams with weighty guitar distortion and Lofgren inflecting like Steven Tyler before “Moon Tears” grooves like Roky Erickson singing for the Seeds. The latter rocker unleashes the album’s most impressive guitar work with stellar tone and ringing harmonics. Graham Nash lends his silky smooth voice to the twangy folk-rocking “Hi, Hello Home.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

jbhstats ,

An unappreciated classic

A wonderful piece of work. When this came out on vinyl, there was the "Dreamy Side," which has the heartbreakingly beautiful "Lost a Number," and the other side of the album was the "Rockin Side," which has the classics "White Lies" and "Moon Tears." Listen to this album, and you'll walk away scratching your head wondering why Grin never made it big.

Ole Time Rocker ,

Grin 1+1

I never could figure out why Nils Lofgren and Grin did not become more famous. Great guitarist, great songwriter!!! Used to listen to this album with the Rockin side and Gooovin side all the time in college. I hope Bruce appreciates what a talent he has in his E Street Band.

John Lum ,

1+1

It's a Classic! Soft Side is sweet! Nils is Bethesda's best!

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