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Kristofferson [Original recording remastered]

Kris KristoffersonAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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listen  2. To Beat the Devil 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Me And Bobby McGee (Album Version) 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Best of All Possible Worlds 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Help Me Make It Through The Night (Album Version) 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Law Is for Protection of the People 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Casey's Last Ride (Album Version) 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Just The Other Side Of Nowhere (Album Version) 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Darby's Castle (Album Version) 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. For The Good Times (Album Version) 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Duvalier's Dream 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down (Album Version) 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Junkie And The Juicehead, Minus Me (Album Version) 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Shadows Of Her Mind (Album Version) 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Kris Kristofferson returns to the essentials of his finely honed craft on his New West album Closer to the Bone. Like the master singer-songwriter’s 2006 New West bow This Old Road, the new album is produced by Grammy Award winner Don Was. The previous collection – Kristofferson’s first recording in almost a dozen years – was hailed by critics ... Read more in Amazon's Kris Kristofferson Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 6, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1970
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000058T62
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,659 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Kris Kristofferson didn't need to land a helicopter on Johnny Cash's lawn to get his attention. The genius of his early songs would have won out. In 1970 no one in Nashville, or anywhere else for that matter, was writing with such effortless, imaginative wisdom. It wasn't enough that he had penned "Me and Bobbie McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," and "For the Good Times"; Kristofferson had to put them all on his debut, and toss in even more provocative story songs like the mythic "To Beat the Devil" and the scabrous "The Law Is for Protection of the People." Ranging from the absurd "The Junkie and the Juicehead, Minus Me"--which Cash later recorded--to the sublime "Shadows of Her Mind," the four new bonus tracks don't enhance or detract from the original album's legacy. Song for song, the record bristles with a kind of lyrical innovation and urgent quest for meaning that country music had never known, and likely won't again. --Roy Kasten

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a legendary album February 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Kris Kristofferson's "Kristofferson" is one of the most original and underrated albums of his generation. While his contemporaries were rehashing the same material and ides over and over, Kristofferson offered something new to Nashville. What makes this album so great is how Kristofferson tells the bitter truth. His songs are about drunks and despair and straying away from one's path. Instead of being depressing however, it is uplifting and can be cathartic to people who have been through similar experiences as Kristofferson did. The music is top notch and a great mixture of different genres. The highlights on the album are: "To Beat The Devil," "Me And Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through The Night," "Just The Other Side Of Nowhere," and of course "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down." A must have for anyone who likes good and sincere music. I can't even begin to explain how much this album means to me.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Songwriting legend debuts as a solo performer February 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Kristofferson's debut LP is particular interesting among those in his catalog - not just for being first, but for the circumstances surrounding its release. Not only is the album filled with gem perfect songs, but many of them were already on the charts or on their way (as hits for others) before the album was even released in 1970. Perhaps even more unusually, with Janis Joplin's version of "Me and Bobby McGee" heading up the chart the following year, this LP was retitled with the hit and reissued concurrently with his second LP, "The Silver Tongued Devil & I."
From day one, Kristofferson's impressive is idiosyncratic and personal, while at the same time, universal and convincingly voiced by others. A song like "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" lends itself equally to Kristofferson's interpretation and the hit single by Johnny Cash. Same for Sammi Smith's rendition of "Help Me Make it Through the Night" (not to mention the dozens of covers that followed), and Ray Price's career-defining interpretation of "For the Good Times." Kristofferson often sounds more weighed down and wearied by the songs - like a country version of folk poet Leonard Cohen. Many of these early songs are mood siblings to Cohen's work in the film "McCabe & Mrs. Miller," for example.
Few debut albums show off such masterful, fully-fashioned songwriting. Except for two co-writes ("Me and Bobby McGee" and "The Lady's Not For Sale") all sixteen tracks are solo works. The four previously unreleased bonus tracks sound to be from the same early era (the session info isn't given).
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A legend...the best singer/songwriter of all time! December 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
And I'll defend that statement to the death!
Kris Kristofferson is a recent influence on me; considering I'm only seventeen, I wasn't around when he had his heyday. I can tell you, though, that I have spent all my life listening to country music; and no one has affected me so much, in such a short amount of time, as Kris Kristofferson.
This album, remastered, is incredible. If you are a Kristofferson fan, you know this--you don't even need to read a review. This is for the person who hasn't heard a Kristofferson album yet, and wishes to know more.
What else is there to know, other than it's great?
Kristofferson's writing is unparalleled. A Rhodes Scholar, an Army Captain, a janitor, almost an English teacher at West Point...dear God, how can this man not be talented? He's the best, and that's that, ladies and gents. 'Nuff said.
Except you need to know more, if you haven't listened to Kristofferson yet. So I continue:
I can't go song-for-song. I can't even pick out the highlights, 'cause it's hard to say which is better than what. How about "Darby's Castle," which is a classic tragic tale? Or the outrageous "The Junkie and the Juicehead, Minus Me?" Or my personal favorite, the lonesome and longing "Help Me Make it Through the Night?" Or the redemption-filled "Sunday Morning Comin' Down?"
You've heard some of these, maybe by different artists. "Me and Bobby McGee" is indeed a classic (no matter who recorded it), but it isn't the only good song on here. You wanna know how many good songs are on this CD? 16. You wannna know how many GREAT songs? 16.
Kris Kristofferson is a legend. He's the best.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cleaned up and remastered. September 9, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Kris benefits more than anyone I know with the remastering of some of his recordings. The origional hits on this album sounded flat but now sound fresh and clean. This is not a greatest hits package of course, yet some of his early hits are included, eg, 'Help Me Make It Through The Night', 'Me and Bobby Mcgee' among others. There are also 4 songs never released before this album all well worth a listen. If you're a Kris fan and have his origional albums, you might want to go for the remastered versions , they're certainly worth it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kristofferson's Worst Years Were His Best September 8, 2001
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Kris Kristofferson's younger years gave him the worst times of his life, yet gleaned for us his best music. The remastered "Kristofferson" offers the hauntingly familiar "Casey's Last Ride" and still true today "Darby's Castle" while making us tenderly homesick with "Just the Other Side of Nowhere." For the hippies in us are "The Law is For Protection of the People" and "Blame it on the Stones" so that we can remember protesting everything that didn't agree with our philosophies, including each other. "Kristofferson" is a must-have cd that lets you save your vinyls for memories and spend the music for today.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Scratchy voice
Did not like any of the CD's. I would not recommend them . Not to be considered as for any reason.
Published 2 months ago by Jim Corbat
4.0 out of 5 stars Kristofferson by Kristofferson
Really enjoyable experience for fans of the artist and/or contemporary music. Most interesting hearing the original renditions of "Help Me Make it Through The Night" as... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ian M.
5.0 out of 5 stars He's a poet, he's a picker ...
Lyrics that make you think your way through the full spectrum of human emotions. With Kristofferson, it's all about the words.
Published 6 months ago by Norman Baggs
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
Love most of the songs. Good representation of Kris' style and artistry. Very moody, runs gamut of emotional responses. A must buy.
Published 7 months ago by D Cramer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Kris' best
Kris Kristofferson's first album Kristofferson was first released in 1970 (re-released in 1971 as Me And Bobby McGee) and still remains one of Kris' best. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Grateful Jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars All-Time Classic
Although Kris' debut contains a couple of clunkers (Blame It On The Stones, Th Law Is For Protection of the People), there are many awesome classics here -- Me and Bobby McGee,... Read more
Published 14 months ago by MJH
4.0 out of 5 stars nice album
Yeah, i know, all da glory always goes to Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. Kris is so underrated. The only song I didn't really care for too much was the first song on the album,... Read more
Published 21 months ago by robb sososikwitit
5.0 out of 5 stars I need to purchas two more c d of this items
I want to purchase TWO MORE C. D. of this item
Published on September 13, 2010 by sidney cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Touch of class
Man, Kris Kritofferson will take you back to better time in this country. He is a first rate lyrist, and wrote songs that meant something. Read more
Published on April 2, 2010 by Kevin E. Flynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music; great price
I always love listening to Kris. This CD has many of his great songs, and several songs I was not familiar with. Read more
Published on January 28, 2009 by Robert Y. Lara
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