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The latest release from the highly anticipated LIVE FROM AUSTIN, TX, this Austin City Limits performance includes many of Kris's classic songs including: "Me And Bobby McGee," "For the Good Times," "Help Me Make It Through the Night" among many others.

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With the aging of Kris Kristofferson into a venerable icon, it's been easier to appreciate his voice as weathered, whereas the younger troubadour more often heard his vocal style dismissed as wooden. No matter--as confirmed by this 1981 taping for Austin City Limits, Kristofferson's artistry has long owed more to the emotional range, depth, and conviction of his material than to his vocal range. And whatever he lacks in the latter is offset by the harmonies and instrumental support from a crack band including Stephen Bruton on guitar and mandolin, "Funky" Donnie Fritts on keyboards, and the great Billy Swan as utility man. Among the revelations are a surprisingly hard-rocking "Me and Bobby McGee," a rollicking arrangement of "The Pilgrim," and a tender "For the Good Times." Of the later and lesser-known fare, both "Darby's Castle" and "Casey's Last Ride" show Kristofferson shifting from confessional intimacy into more of a narrative mode reminiscent of John Prine, while "Magdalene" and the hymn-like closer, "Why Me," extend his thematic artistry into spiritual inquiry. As is typical with the Austin series, a responsive audience coaxes a particularly spirited performance, with the artist gushing more than once that there's no place he'd rather be. --Don McLeese

1. Star-Crossed
2. You Show Me Yours (And I'll Show You Mine)/Stranger
3. Here Comes That Raibow Again
4. Help Me Make It Through the Night
5. Me and Bobby McGee
6. Magdalene
7. Nobody Loves Anybody Anymore
8. Darby's Castle
9. Casy's Last Ride
10. The Pilgrim
11. For the Good Times
12. Loving Her Was Easier (Then Anything I'll Ever Do Again)
13. Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
14. Silver Tongued Devil
15. Smile at Me Again
16. Why Me

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 30, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B000FC2EXO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,023 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By DanD VINE VOICE on May 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Performed in '81, this concert takes us back to the days when Kristofferson was still a "contemporary" songwriter...i.e., he was still having chart success as a writer. He has since become a legend (hell, he was a legend somewhere around the time his first song got recorded), and is an influence to songwriters of every genre, from country to rock, from folk to R&B. Ironically enough, all of those genres find their way onto this stellar live CD.

It's the concert that almost never was...the night of the scheduled show, a rat chewed through some wires, sending the studio into a blackout. Kristofferson returned the next night invigorated (and armed with a new rat joke) and ready to play the whole night through. These sixteen songs are among his best...from the opening rocker "Star Crossed" to the closing gospel ballad "Why Me." Upbeat, rockin' versions of "Me and Bobby McGee" and "Loving Her Was Easier" parallel the Waylon Jennings covers, yet sound as if they were written to be rocked out. Kristofferson gets controversial on "Magdalene" and sentimental on "For the Good Times" and reflective on "The Pilgrim" and stoned on "Sunday Morning Coming Down." The over-all effect of LIVE FROM AUSTIN TX is this: Kris Kristofferson at his performance peak. He's still the best dang singer/songwriter out there, and if you have any doubts in your head about that, just pick up a copy of this album and LISTEN. Listen with your heart and soul, because that's where this music is going to hit you hardest.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V. Hill on August 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is a marvelous rendition of many of my favorites.

I am a dedicated fan and have been for his entire career.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Raymond D. Engstrand on May 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
An earlier Kristofferson recording. It arrived on time and in the condition advertised.
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