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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 (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,951 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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I can't even begin to explain how much this album means to me.
Damon Navas-Howard
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.
Grateful Jerry
I found this album in my parents' record collection at age 12 and listened to it constantly for weeks.
David Ray

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Damon Navas-Howard on 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 By hyperbolium on 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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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By DanD VINE VOICE on 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 By W. Grandy on 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 By Smallchief on July 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If there's a better singer/songwriter CD than this one I don't know what it is. Dating from 1970, Kristofferson's maiden recording effort has been cleaned-up with modern technology and four unreleased songs have been added to the original twelve. The four new ones are all damned good. So are almost all the old ones, including much-heard and oft-recorded classics like "Me and Bobby McGee, Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," and "For the Good Times." There's a timeless quality to the best of Kristofferson. These songs will be around a hundred years from now.

One warning: The CD starts with "Blame it on the Stones." You might like the song or you might hate it, but it's atypical of Kristofferson in either case. If you don't like it go on quickly to the next tune "To Beat the Devil" which is one of my favorites.

Kris is a poet, a prophet, and a guitar picker who never seems -- on this CD -- to write a false note or an unlikely rhyme. He's an interesting character: a Rhodes Scholar who worked as a janitor in Nashville while trying to make his way in the music business. "Kristofferson" is a folk/country classic that belongs on the list of all-time greatest recordings.

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