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Random Number | Nils Lofgren Visits Attitude City With Lou Reed On New Album

The veteran singer-guitarist offers a preview of his upcoming disc Blue With Lou.

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In my world, there are few things better than a new Nils Lofgren album. Except maybe a new Nils Lofgren album featuring a handful of previously unheard songs co-written with the legendary Lou Reed. And that’s exactly what you get this Friday when veteran singer-songwriter and E Street guitarist Lorgren’s new Blue With Lou album drops. Get an early taste with the punchy pop-rocker Attitude City below. If the rest of the disc is as good as this, I know how I’ll be spending my weekend. SAYS THE PRESS RELEASE: “Producer Bob Ezrin, who had worked with Lofgren, and previously worked with Reed on his concept album Berlin suggested the collaboration, leading to Lofgren and Reed spending a long night at Lou’s New York City apartment discussing the collaboration which led to 13 songs penned together. “I kind of forgot about the idea,” Lofgren recalls. “About a month after that, I was sound asleep, the phone rang at 4:30 in the morning, and I answered it in the dark. ‘Hey, Nils, it’s Lou Reed.’ That woke me up. He said, ‘I’ve been listening to the tape you sent, and I love it. I’ve been up for three days and nights straight. I haven’t slept. I’ve been working on your tape. I’ve completed 13 sets of lyrics that I love.’ And I’m like, ‘You’ve gotta be kidding me.’ Then he said, ‘If you wanna get a pad and pencil, I’ll dictate them to you.’ We spent two more hours on the phone. You can imagine my excitement.” And mine: