Kristofferson Original recording remastered
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MP3 Music, February 6, 2001
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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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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