The Silver Tongued Devil and I

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
By the time Monument came to release Kristofferson's second album, The Silver Tongued Devil and I, in July 1971, he was the author of four songs that had topped the country or pop charts for others. Kristofferson himself had not yet reached the charts with a recording of his own, but his spectacular success as a songwriter made The Silver Tongued Devil and I a much-anticipated record. One consequence of this was that Monument was willing to spend more money; three of the album's songs boasted strings and another a horn section. But the key, of course, was still the songwriting, and though there were several excellent songs, the album could not live up to its ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
By the time Monument came to release Kristofferson's second album, The Silver Tongued Devil and I, in July 1971, he was the author of four songs that had topped the country or pop charts for others. Kristofferson himself had not yet reached the charts with a recording of his own, but his spectacular success as a songwriter made The Silver Tongued Devil and I a much-anticipated record. One consequence of this was that Monument was willing to spend more money; three of the album's songs boasted strings and another a horn section. But the key, of course, was still the songwriting, and though there were several excellent songs, the album could not live up to its predecessor, which was the culmination of years of writing. Typically for a second album, Kristofferson reached back into his catalog, presenting his own treatments of "Jody and the Kid" and "The Taker," which had been hits for Roy Drusky and Waylon Jennings, respectively. In his newly written material, Kristofferson continued to examine the lives of society's outcasts, but the antiestablishment tone of some of Kristofferson was gone along with much of the wry humor, and in their place were touches of morbidity and sentimentality. Kristofferson retained his gift for intimate love songs, and the album's most memorable selections turned out to be "Loving Her Was Easier Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again" which became a semi-standard and "When I Loved Her." And even if his observations seemed less acute, his talent for wordplay often rescued the songs from banality. On its way to becoming a gold record, The Silver Tongued Devil and I reached the pop Top 20, Kristofferson's career high on that chart, and the country Top Five; thus, Kristofferson made the transition from being a successful songwriter to a successful recording artist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972375922
  • Catalog Number: 723759
  • Sales rank: 23,943

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kris Kristofferson Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Norman Blake Guitar
Rita Coolidge Vocals
Donnie Fritts Keyboards, Vocals
Chris Gantry Guitar
Billy Swan Bass, Vocals
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Bobby Dyson Bass
Jerry Kennedy Guitar
Farrell Morris Percussion
Norbert Putnam Bass
Jerry Shook Guitar
Charlie McCoy Harmonica, Keyboards
David Briggs Keyboards
Technical Credits
Kris Kristofferson Composer, Contributor
Shel Silverstein Composer
Gene Eichelberger Engineer
Fred Foster Producer
Tommy Strong Engineer
Mort Thomasson Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    close you eyes and you are back in turbulent times

    many of these tracks deal with the vietnam war and issues that came out of it, like addicted veterans. the love songs are tender, and also of an era that I can recapture by listening to this cd. it is evocative of some of the best and worst times of my life. the lyrics are genius, and, man, he's hot!!

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