by Rita Coolidge
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The success of Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge's first duo album, Full Moon, which topped the country charts, went gold, and won a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for the track "From the Bottle to the Bottom," whetted appetites for its follow-up, Breakaway. But just as Kristofferson's solo album Spooky Lady's Sideshow, released earlier in 1974, had been a commercial disappointment following the popularity of its predecessor, Jesus Was a Capricorn, so Breakaway failed to match the impression Full Moon had made. That may have been in part because Monument Records, which released the album (Full Moon had been on Coolidge's label, A&M), was treating Kristofferson as an established artist who didn't need a lot of promotion, and in part because Breakaway was the seventh new Kristofferson album released within four-and-a-half years, too much product for the market to absorb. In any case, the album was a worthy successor to Full Moon. The Kristofferson/Coolidge albums were very different from each artist's solo albums, though somewhat closer to Coolidge's because they consisted largely of cover songs and the keys were set to her voice, with Kristofferson singing at the upper edge of his narrow range. This forced him to work harder and sing more, which made him a better vocalist than he usually was on his own albums. He tended to take brief vacations from songwriting for their sessions of love songs, but this album was sparked by two of his old songs, neither of which he had previously recorded, though they had been hits for others. "I'd Rather Be Sorry" was a country hit for Ray Price in 1971 and "I've Got to Have You" for Sammi Smith in 1972. (There is also an effective version of the latter on Carly Simon's second album, 1971's Anticipation.) The husband-and-wife team handled these songs well, making you wish they would tackle an entire album of Kristofferson love songs. But the tracks that garnered the most attention were their revival of the old Clyde McPhatter hit "Lover Please" (written by Kristofferson sideman Billy Swan), which reached the easy listening charts as a single and won the duo a second Grammy, and their version of Larry Gatlin's "Rain," a country and easy listening chart entry. Those semi-hits were enough to get the album into the country top five and the Top 100 of the pop charts, but like Kristofferson's solo recording career, his teaming with his wife had passed its commercial peak.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972405728
catalogNumber: 724057
Rank: 32262

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rita Coolidge   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kris Kristofferson   Vocals
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle,Violin
Billy Swan   Background Vocals
Bobby Wood   Keyboards
Larry Gatlin   Background Vocals
Martin Katahn   Strings
Byron Bach   Strings
Brenton Banks   Strings
George Binkley   Strings
Harrison Calloway   Horn
Marvin Chantry   Strings
Chip Young   Guitar
Gene Chrisman   Drums
Johnny Christopher   Guitar
Tommy Cogbill   Bass
Jim Colvard   Guitar
Sammy Creason   Drums
Shane Keister   Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer
Ronnie Eades   Horn
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Bobby Emmons   Organ,Keyboards
Sheldon Kurland   Strings
Martha McCrory   Strings
Farrell Morris   Percussion
Weldon Myrick   Steel Guitar
Charles Rose   Horn
Don Sheffield   Horn
Jerry Shook   Guitar
Pamela Sixfin   Strings
Harvey Thompson   Horn
Mike Utley   Keyboards
Gary VanOsdale   Strings
Reggie Young   Guitar
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica,Horn,Melodica
Stephanie Woolf   Strings

Technical Credits

Bill Justis   String Arrangements
Billy Swan   Composer
Chip Young   Producer,Engineer
Fred Foster   Producer,Engineer

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