Singer/Songwriter

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Kris Kristofferson is known for a half-dozen compositions that became pop or country hits in the early 1970s, most of them for other artists: "Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," "For the Good Times," "Loving Her Was Easier Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again," and "Why Me." But in the country market, he had many other hits as a songwriter over a period of more than 20 years. The two-CD compilation, an unusually ambitious undertaking for Sony Music's Special Products division why didn't Legacy, the company's top-of-the-line reissue division do it?, devotes one disc to Kristofferson's own versions of some of his hits, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Kris Kristofferson is known for a half-dozen compositions that became pop or country hits in the early 1970s, most of them for other artists: "Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," "For the Good Times," "Loving Her Was Easier Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again," and "Why Me." But in the country market, he had many other hits as a songwriter over a period of more than 20 years. The two-CD compilation, an unusually ambitious undertaking for Sony Music's Special Products division why didn't Legacy, the company's top-of-the-line reissue division do it?, devotes one disc to Kristofferson's own versions of some of his hits, with the second disc given over to the hit versions recorded by others, some of them licensed from other labels. There are a couple of his songs that he himself had hits with "Josie," "Why Me", and only his versions are included, and there are a couple of the many songs he had hits with but never recorded himself "Vietnam Blues," "Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends". There are also two cover versions each of "Me and Bobby McGee" by Roger Miller and Janis Joplin and "Help Me Make It Through the Night" Sammi Smith and Willie Nelson. The result is revelatory. His rough voice an acquired taste and his arrangements given to loose country-rock, Kristofferson makes his songs sound like personal statements. Then you hear the slick country versions of the same songs, and they sound like good commercial Nashville product. Sammi Smith's "Help Me Make It Through the Night," sung from a woman's viewpoint, has a completely different feel from Kristofferson's. "If You Don't Like Hank Williams" sounds like it was written for Hank Williams, Jr.'s typically belligerent reading, though Kristofferson's own is, if anything, more raucous. The early "Vietnam Blues," the artist's first-ever cut back in 1966 by Dave Dudley, demonstrates the pro-war, anti-demonstrator attitude of the just-discharged former army captain, a vastly different political viewpoint from the one he would espouse two decades later. Singer/Songwriter is not perfect -- a thorough collection would have dredged up his 1967 Epic Records single "The Golden Idol" and included more of his lost masterpieces and big country hits, notably the great love song "I've Got to Have You" and the major country hits "Your Time's Comin'," "I Won't Mention It Again," and "One Day at a Time." But this is the first compilation to give listeners a sense of the scope of Kristofferson's achievement as a songwriter, beyond the handful of songs for which he is best known. Though the annotations do not say so, the Kristofferson performance of "From the Bottle to the Bottom" appears to be previously unreleased.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/1991
  • Label: Sony Cmg Mkt Group
  • UPC: 074644862126
  • Catalog Number: 48621
  • Sales rank: 51,162

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jody and the Kid (3:04)
  2. 2 From the Bottle to the Bottom (2:58)
  3. 3 Me and Bobby Mcgee (4:18)
  4. 4 Sunday Morning Coming Down (4:31)
  5. 5 The Taker (3:13)
  6. 6 For the Good Times (3:22)
  7. 7 Help Me Make It Through the Night (2:20)
  8. 8 Once More with Feeling (2:50)
  9. 9 Come Sundown (3:38)
  10. 10 I'd Rather Be Sorry - Rita Coolidge (3:09)
  11. 11 Nobody Wins (3:06)
  12. 12 Stranger (3:07)
  13. 13 Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) (3:46)
  14. 14 If You Don't Like Hank Williams (3:30)
  15. 15 Josie (3:10)
  16. 16 Why Me (3:27)
  17. 17 They Killed Him - Memphis Tennessee Police Choir (3:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Vietnam Blues - Dave Dudley (2:40)
  2. 2 Jody and the Kid - Roy Drusky (3:02)
  3. 3 From the Bottle to the Bottom - Billy Walker (2:42)
  4. 4 Sunday Morning Coming Down - Johnny Cash (4:03)
  5. 5 Me and Bobby Mcgee - Roger Miller (3:53)
  6. 6 The Taker - Waylon Jennings (2:20)
  7. 7 For the Good Times - Ray Price (3:47)
  8. 8 Help Me Make It Through the Night - Sammi Smith (2:32)
  9. 9 Once More with Feeling - Jerry Lee Lewis (2:23)
  10. 10 Come Sundown - Bobby Bare (2:44)
  11. 11 I'd Rather Be Sorry - Ray Price (2:45)
  12. 12 Nobody Wins - Brenda Lee (2:59)
  13. 13 Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends - Ronnie Milsap (2:42)
  14. 14 Stranger - Johnny Duncan (3:09)
  15. 15 Help Me Make It Through the Night - Willie Nelson (3:57)
  16. 16 Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) (2:57)
  17. 17 If You Don't Like Hank Williams - Hank Williams Jr. (2:51)
  18. 18 Me and Bobby Mcgee - Janis Joplin (4:38)
  19. 19 They Killed Him - Children's Choir (3:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kris Kristofferson Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Norman Blake Dobro
Bobby Bare Vocals, Track Performer
Johnny Cash Vocals, Track Performer
Dave Dudley Vocals, Track Performer
Johnny Duncan Vocals
Waylon Jennings Vocals, Track Performer
Ronnie Milsap Vocals, Track Performer
Willie Nelson Vocals, Track Performer
Ray Price Vocals, Track Performer
Buddy Spicher Fiddle
Gene Clark Keyboards, Vocals
Rita Coolidge Vocals, Track Performer
Bob Dylan Vocals, Track Performer
Janis Joplin Vocals, Track Performer
The Jordanaires Background Vocals
Jerry Lee Lewis Vocals, Track Performer
Roger Miller Vocals, Track Performer
Pete Drake Steel Guitar
Roy Drusky Vocals, Track Performer
Donnie Fritts Electric Piano, Background Vocals
Chris Gantry Guitar
Mac Gayden Guitar
Dennis Linde Guitar
Billy Swan Bass, Background Vocals
Sammi Smith Vocals, Track Performer
Billy Walker Vocals, Track Performer
Grady Martin Guitar
Bobby Wood Keyboards
Children's Choir Track Performer
Bobbye Hall Percussion
Stephen Bruton Guitar
Kenny Buttrey Drums
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Chip Young Guitar
Gene Chrisman Drums
Johnny Christopher Guitar
Tommy Cogbill Bass
Jim Colvard Guitar
Sammy Creason Drums
Nick DeCaro Accordion
Shane Keister Synthesizer
Bobby Dyson Bass
Bobby Emmons Organ
Ray Endenton Guitar
John Harris Organ, Piano, Electric Piano
Tommy Jackson Fiddle
Jerry Kennedy Guitar
Brenda Lee Vocals, Track Performer
Tommy McClure Bass
Jerry McGee Guitar
Memphis Tennessee Police Choir Track Performer
Farrell Morris Percussion
Wayne Moss Guitar
Weldon Myrick Steel Guitar
Andy Newmark Drums
Terry Paul Bass
Norbert Putnam Bass
Jerry Shook Guitar
Fred Tackett Guitar, Mandolin
John "Bucky" Wilkin Guitar
Hank Williams Jr. Vocals, Track Performer
Reggie Young Guitar
Charlie McCoy Organ, Harmonica
Michael Utley Keyboards, Electric Piano, Background Vocals
Leland Sklar Bass
Tompall & the Glaser Brothers Vocals
David Briggs Keyboards
Technical Credits
Kris Kristofferson Composer, Liner Notes
David Anderle Producer
David Cherry Engineer
Gene Eichelberger Engineer
Fred Foster Producer
Larry Greenhill Engineer
John Haeny Engineer
Ron Hitchcock Engineer
Peggy McCreary Engineer
Memphis Tennessee Police Choir Contributor
Chips Moman Producer, Engineer
Tommy Strong Engineer
Mort Thomasson Engineer
John Morthland Liner Notes
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