Moment of Forever

Moment of Forever

by Kris Kristofferson
     
 

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After salvaging several recording careers, producer Don Was formed his own imprint, Karambolage, to continue such efforts in the early '90s, and among other artists worked with Kris Kristofferson, dormant as a solo singer/songwriter since the commercial failure of his two politically oriented Mercury albums Repossessed and Third World Warrior in the lateSee more details below

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After salvaging several recording careers, producer Don Was formed his own imprint, Karambolage, to continue such efforts in the early '90s, and among other artists worked with Kris Kristofferson, dormant as a solo singer/songwriter since the commercial failure of his two politically oriented Mercury albums Repossessed and Third World Warrior in the late '80s. But A Moment of Forever, the comeback album Was produced for Kristofferson, was shelved when Karambolage lost its distribution deal, and the album wasn't released until the summer of 1995 by the independent Justice label. That means it's a far more ambitious undertaking than you might expect, packed with Los Angeles studio heavyweights like drummer Jim Keltner, guitarist Waddy Wachtel, and Heartbreakers organist Benmont Tench, as well as studio wiz Was on bass and behind the glass. In his late 50s, Kristofferson has retreated slightly from the agitprop, but fighting is still a recurring motif in his songs, along with an old favorite subject, freedom. (Picking up on this, designer Cynthia S. Kinney even sticks the dictionary definition of freedom into a collage on one of the CD booklet pages.) But the songwriter often comes off as a sage elder rather than an active combatant, and the album is as concerned with emotions as it is with politics. Two old songs, "Casey's Last Ride" and "Good Love (Shouldn't Feel So Bad)," and two later ones, "Shipwrecked in the Eighties" and "Under the Gun," join the new compositions, and the old ones have a lyricism and clarity that makes you wish Kristofferson's mature writing wasn't so rhetorical. A Moment of Forever doesn't seem like the place to start in listening to Kristofferson, but those who have been following his work thus far will find it a good representation of his philosophical concerns, expressed in strong musical performances.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/15/1995
Label:
Justice Records
UPC:
0719488200122
catalogNumber:
2001

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kris Kristofferson   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Billy Swan   Background Vocals
Sweet Pea Atkinson   Background Vocals
Jim Keltner   Percussion,Drums
Benmont Tench   Organ
Harry Bowens   Background Vocals
Stephen Bruton   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
David Campbell   Strings,Viola
Jonell Mosser   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dean Parks   Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Jimmy Powers   Electric Guitar
Daniel Timms   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Background Vocals
Don Was   Bass
Reggie Young   Electric Guitar
Waddy Wachtel   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar
Suzie Katayama   Accordion,Cello

Technical Credits

Guy Clark   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Dan Bosworth   Engineer,Engineering
David Campbell   Arranger
Rik Pekkonen   Engineer
Doug Sax   Mastering
Don Was   Producer,Liner Notes
Cynthia S. Kinney   Collage
Jane Oppenheimer   Contributor,Publicity
Vernon White   Contributor,Liner Notes

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