The Silver Tongued Devil and I

The Silver Tongued Devil and I

by Kris KristoffersonKris Kristofferson


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972375922
catalogNumber: 723759
Rank: 6125

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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