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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon June 8, 2006
The husband and wife team of Kris and Rita were the darlings of the 1970's, and this album, recorded in 1974, was designed to be the follow up to their first collaboration, the excellent Full Moon. Kris and Rita were smart in their joint albums in that they met in the middle: mostly with covers of really great songs.

Apparently most of the songs were set in in the proper key for Coolidge to sing, which kind of made Kristofferson work all that much harder, and the result is some of his best vocals ever.

The song selection here is quite good too, including two of Kristofferson's own more obscure tunes, I'd Rather Be Sorry and I've Got To Have You (which was previously covered by Carly Simon on her Anticipation album). Another gem includes Rain, penned by country great Larry Gatlin.

It's been a long time coming to see the release of this album on CD -- most of us had to settle for vinyl until now. If you're a fan of either Kristofferson or Coolidge, or you're already familiar with their all-too-brief collaborations (they divorced both personally and professionally), you won't be disappointed with this CD.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 1999
I have literally "worn out" the album I bought many years ago when this was first released. The collaboration of these two artists was a stroke of genius. The way their voices play off each other will lift your spirit!! If you are a fan of either artist, this is a must!!!!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2006
Kris Kristofferson wrote great songs. He was a great solo artist. But, when Rita came along, he pulled out his best songs, hired the best studio musicians, and recorded some of the best country duets ever! He went on to be a Hollywood star, but I remember him best singing "Lover Please" and "I'd Rather be Sorry" with his fine-singing squeeze.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2007
I have this album on vinyl and it was always a favorite of mine. Decided to get it on a CD so I could listen to it on my CD player upstairs - I love to turn up the volumn and sing along in the shower.
All the songs are great and Kris and Rita are just brilliant singing together. If you are a Kris Kristofferson fan, you will enjoy this CD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2012
Kris & Rita really pour it on for this album from 1974 . From the fun , cute little song - " Lover Please " to " Crippled Crow " , this album is terrific ! The highlight for me though is " I've Got to Have You " , it's about 2 people who see each other for the 1st time and instantly fall in love
so this is great . " Crippled Crow " is done as a duet here but it was re-done for the movie " A STAR IS BORN " in a different style . GET THIS ALBUM FOLKS !!!! 5 out of 5 ..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2012
Kris Kristofferson is an excellent songwriter and Rita Cooledge has such a beautiful voice, when put together it's magic. Kris's gruff voice blends very well with Rita's smooth tones and together they're great. The track "I'd Rather be Sorry" is one of my all time favorites.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2012
I hadn't heard Kris and Rita in awhile, so I was glad to find this album available on CD. They sound so nice together and the song selection is great. I think I've listened to this every day since I got it. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2013
I have always wanted this albulm since it first came out in the 70's and I am so glad I found it in a CD.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2007
This is probably my personal favorite of all their LPs together. The songs are light hearted and I love the cover photo.
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on May 16, 2015
This is an old favorite that I had as a vinyl, but I no longer have my fine old stereo and gigantic speakers... So I just had to pick up a few of my old faves as CDs and MP3s. I love the slight roughness of Kris's voice contrasted with the smooth clarity of Rita's. They were great together!
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