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Kristofferson
     

Kristofferson

by Kris Kristofferson
 

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As a Rhodes Scholar, former military man, and former recording studio janitor, Kristofferson drew on a wealth of experience from the various social strata he'd inhabited and created a rich body of work that spoke to the daily trials and fleeting joys of people without privilege, those seeking not riches but rather a moment of clarity, a tender touch, a peace of mind.

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As a Rhodes Scholar, former military man, and former recording studio janitor, Kristofferson drew on a wealth of experience from the various social strata he'd inhabited and created a rich body of work that spoke to the daily trials and fleeting joys of people without privilege, those seeking not riches but rather a moment of clarity, a tender touch, a peace of mind. Even before this 1970 debut album was released, Kristofferson's compositions were already shaking up the Nashville establishment. On the strength of this album, it's easy to hear why. The album includes such much-covered Kristofferson standards as "Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "For the Good Times," "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," along with lesser known -- but no less stirring -- cuts as "To Beat the Devil" and "The Other Side of Nowhere." This newly expanded edition adds four previously unreleased bonus tracks, including the swaggering original version of Kristofferson's cautionary autobiographical tale "The Junkie and the Juicehead Minus Me."

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On the evidence of his first collection of songs, Kristofferson was ahead of his country music peers in realizing that, despite Nashville's conservative political tilt, there was a natural affinity between the country archetype of a hard-drinking, romantically independent loner and the rock & roll archetype of a drug-taking, romantically free hippie. A sleeve note suggested that Kristofferson had been reluctant to record, but while he didn't have much range as a singer, he brought a conviction to his vocals and a complete understanding of the nuances of the lyrics. The songs were so personal that they seemed to demand a personal interpretation, and established the persona of a poor songwriter struggling against despair. Nashville, as it turned out, didn't have much use for his countercultural songs, but the country music community could recognize a good love song, and Ray Price quickly cut "For the Good Times," which topped the country charts. Then Johnny Cash covered the first-person hangover narrative "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" for a number one country hit, and Sammi Smith gave a twist to "Help Me Make It Through the Night" by recording it as a woman's song for yet another country number one. The finishing touch to Kristofferson's sudden renown was Janis Joplin's cover of the classic on-the-road song "Me and Bobby McGee," released shortly after her death, which topped the pop charts. When it was released in 1970, Kristofferson did not reach the charts. By the following year, however, its creator was on his way to becoming a major star, and after his second album broke into the pop charts in July 1971, Monument retitled the first album Me and Bobby McGee and reissued it. This time around, it made the pop and country charts and went gold.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/06/2001
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886977031427
catalogNumber:
770314
Rank:
10164

Tracks

  1. Blame It on the Stones
  2. To Beat the Devil
  3. Me and Bobby Mcgee
  4. Best of All Possible Worlds
  5. Help Me Make It Through the Night
  6. The Law Is for Protection of the People
  7. Casey's Last Ride
  8. Just the Other Side of Nowhere
  9. Darby's Castle
  10. For the Good Times
  11. Duvalier's Dream
  12. Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
  13. The Junkie and the Juicehead, Minus Me
  14. Shadows of Her Mind
  15. The Lady's Not for Sale
  16. Come Sundown

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