Surreal Thing/Easter Island

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It's difficult to figure out Wounded Bird's scheme for its ambitious Kris Kristofferson reissue program. The four volumes in the series contain eight albums. Only half of them are issued in chronological order, and this set includes two: 1976's Surreal Thing and 1978's Easter Island. Why they chose to skip around and not simply release all of these two-fers in historical release sequence is a mystery; it would have made it a lot easier for the listener to pick and choose. Surreal Thing appeared less than a year after the excellent Who's to Bless and Who's to Blame, leaving Kristofferson precious time to write more new material -- especially since he was dividing his time ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It's difficult to figure out Wounded Bird's scheme for its ambitious Kris Kristofferson reissue program. The four volumes in the series contain eight albums. Only half of them are issued in chronological order, and this set includes two: 1976's Surreal Thing and 1978's Easter Island. Why they chose to skip around and not simply release all of these two-fers in historical release sequence is a mystery; it would have made it a lot easier for the listener to pick and choose. Surreal Thing appeared less than a year after the excellent Who's to Bless and Who's to Blame, leaving Kristofferson precious time to write more new material -- especially since he was dividing his time between acting, touring, and songwriting. It is a tough record to swallow in many ways. There are some very fine songs to be found here, such as "Killing Time" a re-recording: it was originally the B-side of "The Golden Idol," which is also here, a single he cut in 1967, "The Prisoner," and the country ballads "It's Never Gonna Be the Same Again" and "Bad Love Story." This is such a mixed bag, though, and it's more than likely going to appeal to hardcore fans only. The latter album in this set, Easter Island, is the better one by far. Kristofferson had a longer-than-average break before this disc was released in the aftermath of his co-starring performance in A Star Is Born with Barbra Streisand, and Monument, in their marketing wisdom, had issued a great compilation entitled The Songs of Kristofferson, making his profile even higher. Despite the terrible title of the album, its songs were some of the most poetic, direct, and emotionally honest of his career. In addition, his storytelling strengths were at a high as well. Check out "Risky Bizness," and the album's final cut, "The Fighter," both of which used metaphorical images of a boxer who had similar characteristics to Jesus Christ -- one of Kristofferson's favorite icons to write about. His love songs, such as "Forever in Your Love" and "Lay Me Down And Love the World Away," are two of the finer, truly country songs in the set, and the rest is up to par as well. Coming off the first album in this two-fer, this is a big step up in terms of quality, making it worth your money for this album alone.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/7/2009
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140425422
  • Catalog Number: 4254

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kris Kristofferson Primary Artist, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Rita Coolidge Vocals, Background Vocals
Gary Busey Vocals
Donnie Fritts Keyboards, Background Vocals
Clydie King Vocals
Billy Swan Vocals, Background Vocals
Jack Skinner Vocals
Dennis Belfield Bass
Byron Berline Vocals
Stephen Bruton Guitar, Mandolin, Background Vocals
Sammy Creason Drums
Jerry McGee Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Terry Paul Vocals, Background Vocals
Herb Pedersen Vocals
Lee Sklar Bass
Mike Utley Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Allen Ward Vocals
Sherlie Matthews Vocals
Technical Credits
Kris Kristofferson Composer
David Anderle Producer
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