The Pilgrim: A Celebration Of Kris Kristofferson
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The Pilgrim: A Celebration of Kris Kristofferson focuses on the breadth and scope of a career and a life of honesty and integrity lived without compromise.
Lovingly cast by Kristofferson’s publicist and friend Tamara Saviano and American Roots Publishing VP Tom Frouge, The Pilgrim’s 18 songs span the breadth of Kristofferson's career - tendered by an expansive roster of artists including Gretchen Wilson, Russell Crowe, Willie Nelson, Brian McKnight, Rosanne Cash and produced by Grammy winner Randy Scruggs.
The Pilgrim offers testament to the truth, timelessness and timeliness of the former Rhodes Scholar, Country Music Hall of Famer and original Outlaw's work.
The record features a 1970 demo from Kristofferson of "Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends," along with brilliantly written extensive liner notes by The Tennessean music writer Peter Cooper.
The Pilgrim is a legacy of love and will be released in honor of Kristofferson’s 70th birthday.
With all the attention garnered by Kris Kristofferson in the year of his 70th birthday, this exemplary tribute showcases the many facets of his songwriting--political, spiritual, self-mythologizing, peerlessly romantic--while celebrating the esteem in which he's held by generations of fellow artists. Neither Gretchen Wilson nor Shooter Jennings is as old as some of Kristofferson's best-known songs, but they acquit themselves just fine on "Sunday Mornin' Coming Down" and "The Silver Tongued Devil and I," respectively. It's no surprise that Emmylou Harris makes "The Pilgrim: Chapter 33" sound more beautiful than ever (with a surprisingly smooth segue from the recorded introduction by a young Kristofferson), that Rosanne Cash gets under the skin of "Lovin' Him Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)," or that Willie Nelson captures the wistful essence of the epic "The Legend." Yet part of the collection's appeal is that it takes some radical chances, with Brian McKnight transforming "Me and Bobby McGee" into an achingly soulful ballad, though the stripped-down pop duet by the usually superb Lloyd Cole and Jill Sobule on "For the Good Times" falls comparatively flat. Kristofferson gets the last word with a closing demo from 35 years ago, with "Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends" providing an apt finale. --Don McLeese
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 5.75 x 0.45 inches; 4.42 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Thirty Tigers
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : January 30, 2007
- Label : Thirty Tigers
- ASIN : B000FEC2O8
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #112,383 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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The artists, for the most part nail the songs. Standout cuts include Shooter Jennings (son of the late great Waylon Jennings and Jessie Colter) singing "The Silver Tongued Devil and I", Rosanne Cash's version of "Lovin' Him was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)', Emmylou Harris (has she ever sung anything less than perfect?) covering "The Pilgrim: Chapter 33" (they even kept the original intro that Kris had done, paying homage to all of his outlaw friends), "Sandinista" by Patti Griffith, and Gretchen Wilson doing "Sunday Morning Coming Down".
Another song I must single out was the one I was the most apprehensive about, Russell Crowe's cover of "Darby's Castle". Some of the other reviewers were not as impressed as I was, but he made this song come alive; he has some serious vocal talent and it is one of the highlights of this disc. The Brian McKnight version of "Me and Bobby McGee" is a little jarring at first, but give it a couple of listens to get Kris's and Janis's versions out of your mind and I think you will appreciaate this different take.
For me the only real weak song was Lloyd Cole and Jill Sobule's take on "For The Good Times". It's not that it was a bad version, but it didn't feel as though they added anything to the song of their own.
All in all, if you are a fan of literate songwriting and interesting and new presentations of classic songs you will thuroughly enjoy this disc.
I'm glad I spent the $$$. The cd as a whole creates a mellow mood. The lyrics aren't over wrought by the performers. I think the producer did a wonderful job of maintaining an overall feel without restricting the artists own styles.
There are a few tracks I'm not fond of (very subjective) but I know that I will listen to this cd many times over the next decade. With our ability to create our own playlists for ipods etc., I don't see the point in quibbling over a few tracks. How often are there 15/18 songs on a cd that you truly enjoy?
This CD is stellar in it's content, quality, respect. Each time I listen, I appreciate it more. Thank you Tamara and Co.
I just bought this CD for my dear friend in Germany, a Kris fan forever, who does not yet have this treasure in her collection.
Number two, Brian McKnight on Bobby McGee?? That's just plain w-r-o-n-g. I can't stand to listen to it.
Otherwise, the rest of it is just fantastic.
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Except the Bobby McGee track which is very poor. Great song poor version.
Nothing more to say except buy this album, it's great.