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Me and Bobbie McGee technically marks Kris Kristofferson's recording debut. But that collection (originally released in 1970 under the name Kristofferson and rereleased a year later after Janis Joplin hit with what became the title track) feels like an intro to an accomplished songwriter. This 1971 set is, in many ways, the man's opening salvo as a recording artist. Surrounded by a crew of Nashville cats, Kristofferson molds together a 10-song sophomore outing that, while not as hits-laden as its predecessor, is more cohesive. Highlights include two of the songsmith's loveliest ballads ("Loving Her Was Easier" and "When I Loved Her"), an elegy for Joplin ("Epitaph"), and what could stand for the then nascent outlaw nation's national anthem ("The Pilgrim, Chapter 33"). --Steven Stolder
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Cmg Mkt Group
  • ASIN: B0000062C6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,045 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ever since I was born,there has been a copy of this album around me.Kris ushered in the era of the singer songwriter and without him I wouldn't have gotten hooked on Neil Young,Bob Dylan,Warren Zevon;as well as countless country tinged rock groups.SILVER TONGUED DEVIL presents a poet wandering America,cataloguing what he finds there; the characters,love and the situations he finds himself in. With Jennings and Nelson, Kristofferson personified "outlaw country"-country with a dash of rock.This release and his self-titled LP(re-released as ME AND BOBBY McGEE) are Kristofferson's best.I strongly recommend this release to you.
SILVER TONGUE DEVIL AND I - A sly,good natured wink at the excuse,"The devil made my do it!". The snicker near the end of the song gives the whole game away.
JODY AND THE KID - A sad song about the more things change the more things stay the same. From being childhood sweethearts to having a little girl who mirrors her late mother; it's heartbreaking in it's simpleness. Latered covered by Roger Miller.
BILLY DEE - Tale of everybody's friend who slowly loses his battle with a heroin addiction.
GOOD CHRISTIAN SOLDIER - Innocent Christian boy faced with the horrors of combat in Vietnam.
BREAKDOWN (A LONG WAY FROM HOME) - Tale of a loner out on the street a long way from home,not having acheived much.
LOVING HER WAS EASIER (THAN ANYTHING I'LL EVER DO AGAIN) - Kristofferson extolling his passion for his lover(or recent ex-lover). The imagery is just magnificent: "Aching with the freedom of an eagle when she flies". Covered by Roger Miller and Waylon Jennings.
THE TAKER - Kris warning a woman that her current beau will only use her and then dump her. Great Spanish horn arrrangement. Later covered by Waylon Jennings.
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I have been listening to this great album for 30 years. For someone whose name is so well known it is almost criminal that more people do not know that Kristofferson is the greatest poet in the English speaking world. His lyrics speak of freedom and survival of the human spirit like no one else. If you are unfamiliar with his writing this album is a terrific starting point. You will never be able to get enough!
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Kris is one of the best story-telling songwriters of all time and this album (CD, because it was an album at when it came out) is his definitive work. Who can quarrel with lyrics like "like all the fair maidens who laid down beside him, she knew in her heart that he'd lied." Or, my favorite KK song, which I swear he wrote about me in 1972, the Pilgrim "Once he had a future full of money love and dreams which he spent like they were going out of style. And he keeps right on a changin for the better or the worse, searching for a shrine he'll never find, never knowin if believin is a blessing or a curse, or if the going up was worth the comin down." WOW.

Many people don't realize that it was KK who "discovered" Steve Goodman and John Prine. Prine had invited him to a SG show and Kris was blown away. He called and invited his good friend and mentor Paul Anka who came over to the club after midnight and Steve played for them all night. Anka then invided Goodman and Prine to NYC to interview and play for his label.

The only singer/song-writer I've found that even comes close to the emotions that KK had is Fred Eaglesmith. Fred is from southern Ontario, Canada and is simply amazing, and, could be the modern day equivalent of KK. Check out his album "Bootleg Series" or "Ralph's Last Show".
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I'd have bought this CD just for the one song, The Silver Tongued Devil and I. Great, great song, and Kris's voice works perfectly for it. Still there are a lot of other great songs like Loving Her Was Easier, Breakdown, When I Loved Her, The Pilgrim, etc. Hard to find anything else like Kris's first albums anywhere. He has some really good stuff on other albums as well - I loved his half of the Songwriter soundtrack for instance - that are more electrified, but still great songwriting.
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I was going through my parents old albums when I found this. I was listening to them to see what was worth keeping. I had never heard of Kris, but this blew me away. He is a great poet. His voice is full of so much feeling that you believe that he is a down and outer. He is terrific at putting feelings into words. However, it is a little depressing. Buy this.
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I have been a Kristofferson fan since I heard him play in the Tally Ho Tavern behind the Mobil station on West End in Nashville. The Tally Ho has long been gone but Kris is still here and "speaking" his mind as always.
Sometimes I wonder if he is singing his conscience or just the facts of life.
The Silver-Tongued Devil is almost my biography where a certain lady from Pittsburgh is concerned. Out of Control and only half caring.
Jody and the Kid is a real love story. The deep down in-my-soul type.
We all know Billy Dee. In fact, sometimes I wonder if I am Billy.
Good Christian Soldier just makes me want to go "Whew, Ouch".
Lovin' Her is the song that will forever define this album for me.
Maybe Kris doesn't have the best voice in the world, but man can he write.
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