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Kris Kristofferson: The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection [Box] *

Track List

>Blamed It on the Stones
>To Beat the Devil
>Me and Bobby McGee
>Best of All Possible Worlds
>Help Me Make It Through the Night
>Law Is for the Protection of People, The
>Casey's Last Ride
>Just the Other Side of Nowhere
>Darby's Castle
>For the Good Times
>Duvalier's Dream
>Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
>Silver Tongued Devil and I, The
>Jody and the Kid
>Billy Dee
>Good Christian Soldier
>Breakdown (A Long Way From Home)
>Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)
>Taker, The
>When I Loved Her
>Pilgrim, Chapter 33, The
>Epitaph (Black and Blue)
>Burden of Freedom
>Stagger Mountain Tragedy
>Border Lord
>Somebody Nobody Knows
>Little Girl Lost
>Smokey Put the Sweat on Me
>When She's Wrong
>Gettin' by, High and Strange
>Kiss the World Goodbye
>Jesus Was a Capricorn (Owed to John Prine)
>Nobody Wins
>It Sure Was (Love)
>Enough for You
>Help Me - (featuring Larry Gatlin)
>Jesse Younger
>Give it Time to Be Tender
>Out of Mind, Out of Sight
>Sugar Man
>Why Me?
>Same Old Song
>Broken Freedom Song
>Shandy (The Perfect Disguise)
>Star-Stangled Bummer (Whores Die Hard)
>Lights of Magdala, The
>I May Smoke Too Much
>One for the Money
>Late Again (Gettin' Over You)
>Stairway to the Bottom
>Rescue Mission
>Smile at Me Again
>Rock and Roll Time
>Lover Please
>We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds
>Dakota (The Dancing Bear)
>What'cha Gonna Do
>Things I Might Have Been, The
>Slow Down
>Sweet Susannah
>I've Got to Have You
>I'd Rather Be Sorry
>Crippled Crow
>Year 2000 Minus 25, The
>If It's All the Same to You
>Easy, Come on
>Rocket to Stardom
>Who's to Bless and Who's to Blame
>Don't Cuss the Fiddle
>Silver (The Hunger)
>You Show Me Yours (And I'll Show You Mine)
>Killing Time
>Prisoner, The
>Eddie the Eunuch
>It's Never Gonna Be the Same Again
>I Got a Life of My Own
>Stranger I Love, The
>Golden Idol, The
>Bad Love Story
>If You Don't Like Hank Williams
>Risky Bizness
>How Do You Feel (About Foolin' Around)
>Forever in Your Love
>Sabre and the Rose, The
>Spooky Lady's Revenge
>Easter Island
>Bigger the Fool, The (The Harder the Fall)
>Lay Me Down (And Love the World Away)
>Fighter, The
>Living Legend
>Shake Hands With the Devil
>Prove It to You One More Time Again
>Whiskey, Whiskey
>Lucky in Love
>Killer Baracuda
>Come Sundown
>Michoacan [From the Motion Picture, Cisco Pike]
>Once More with Feeling
>Fallen Angel
>Blessing in Disguise
>Devil to Pay, The
>Daddy's Song
>Nobody Loves Anybody Anymore
>Maybe You Heard
>Last Time, The
>I'll Take Any Chance I Can With You
>If You Don't Like Hank Williams [Live at the Big Sur Folk Festival]
>Law Is for Protection of the People [Live at the Big Sur Folk Festival], The
>Band Introduction [Live at the Big Sur Folk Festival]
>Pilgrim, Chapter 33 [Live at the Big Sur Folk Festival], The
>Duvalier's Dream [Live at the Big Sur Folk Festival]
>Help Me Make It Through the Night [Live at the Big Sur Folk Festival]
>Shake Hands With the Devil [Live at the Big Sur Folk Festival]
>To Beat the Devil [Live at the Big Sur Folk Festival]
>Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) [Live at the Big Sur Folk Festival]
>Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down [Live at the Big Sur Folk Festival]
>Me and Bobby McGee [Live at the Big Sur Folk Festival]
>Duvalier's Dream [Live From RCA Studios 1972]
>When I Loved Her [Live From RCA Studios 1972]
>Jesus Was a Capricorn (Owed to John Prine) [Live From RCA Studios 1972]
>Same Old Song [Live From RCA Studios 1972]
>Band Introductions [Live From RCA Studios 1972]
>Smile at Me Again [Live From RCA Studios 1972]
>Loving Her Was Easier (Than I'll Ever Do Again) [Live From RCA Studios 1972]
>Casey's Last Ride [Live From RCA Studios 1972]
>Billy Dee [Live From RCA Studios 1972]
>Law Is for Protection of the People [Live From RCA Studios 1972], The
>Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down [Live From RCA Studios 1972]
>Help Me Make It Through the Night [Live From RCA Studios 1972]
>Late John Garfield Blues [Live at the Philharmonic]
>Jesus Was a Capricorn [Live at the Philharmonic]
>Nobody Wins [Live at the Philharmonic]
>Jesse Younger [Live at the Philharmonic]
>Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) [Live at the Philharmonic]
>Late Again (Gettin' Over You) [Live at the Philharmonic]
>Out of Mind, Out of Sight [Live at the Philharmonic]
>Sugar Man [Live at the Philharmonic]
>Billy Dee [Live at the Philharmonic]
>Law Is for the Protection of People [Live at the Philharmonic], The
>For the Good Times [Live at the Philharmonic]
>Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down [Live at the Philharmonic]
>Okie From Muskogee [Live at the Philharmonic]
>Border Lord [Live at the Philharmonic]
>Ain't It Funny How Time Slips Away [Live at the Philharmonic]
>Night Life [Live at the Philharmonic]
>Me and Paul [Live at the Philharmonic]
>Mountain Dew [Live at the Philharmonic]
>Pilgrim, Chapter 33 [Live at the Philharmonic], The
>Rainbow Road [Live at the Philharmonic]
>It Sure Was (Love) [Live at the Philharmonic]
>Help Me [Live at the Philharmonic]
>Me and Bobby McGee [Live at the Philharmonic]
>Whiskey, Whiskey [Live at the Philharmonic]
>Golden Idol
>Killing Time
>Hello in There [Live] - (featuring Joan Baez)
>Juice and the Juicehead, Minus Me, The
>Shadows of Her Mind
>Lady's Not for Sale, The
>From the Bottle to the Bottom
>Bandits of Beverly Hills, The
>Here Comes That Rainbow Again
>Bigger the Fool, the Harder the Fall, The
>Help Me Make it Through the Night
>Born to Love Me
>Put It Off Until Tomorrow
>Ping Pong
>Casey's Last Ride - (featuring Willie Nelson)
>To Make a Long Story Short, She's Gone
>How Do You Feel About Foolin' Around - (featuring Willie Nelson)
>Eye of the Storm - (featuring Willie Nelson)
>Crossing the Border
>Down to Her Socks
>Under the Gun
>Final Attraction, The
>I'll Be Your Tonight
>Gypsy Rose and I Don't Give a Curse
>I Believe That I Believe
>Born to Die Alone
>Hurricane and the Helicopter, The
>Bread for the Body (And Food for the Soul)
>I Can Be Had
>Table, the Glass, the Wine, The
>Stitch in the Hand, A
>File It Under Sick and Wrong
>Where She Stops Nobody Knows
>Lonesome Way of Dying
>Good for Nothing Blues
>Fallen Woman
>No One's Gonna Miss Me
>Hitting Close to Home
>Nobody Wins My Soul

Album Reviews:

Uncut (magazine) - "[T]he live discs are extraordinary, too: barely a year after he'd been sweeping the studio floor, he's onstage oozing charisma and firing off irresistible, smart-ass one-liners with virtuosic timing..."

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Mikal Gilmore.

Photographer: Al Clayton.

Judging by the sheer number of Kris Kristofferson songs covered by other iconic artists, he is unquestionably one of the great American songwriters of the 20th century. His recorded catalog, however, has always been subject to greater debate -- even among fans -- due in large part to a narrow register and reedy singing voice. Thanks to this exhaustive box set by Sony Legacy, issued in celebration of Kristofferson's 80th birthday, those arguments can begin anew. This package contains all 11 albums in replica LP sleeves that the singer/songwriter released for Monument and Columbia between 1970 and 1981, as well as five additional volumes that include rare and previously unissued music. Among the bona fide classics are his self-titled debut album, The Silver Tongued Devil & I, Jesus Was a Capricorn, and Border Lord. All were released between 1970 and 1972 and made the Top 10 on the country charts. Spooky Lady's Sideshow from 1974 peaked at number 11, and was given middling reviews, so it's the perfect place to begin a reassessment. It contains some of his most enduring songs, including "Broken Freedom Song," "I May Smoke Too Much," "Lights of Magdala," and "Rescue Mission." Breakaway, his second duet album with then-wife Rita Coolidge, is as fine as their Grammy-winning first, Full Moon, issued by A&M (her label) in 1973, which topped the country charts. Who's to Bless and Who's to Blame (1975) and Easter Island (1978) are worthy even with dated production. Surreal Thing from 1976, however, is unfocused and wildly uneven. 1979's Shake Hands with the Devil (whose cover is adorned with stills from the film A Star Is Born, which Kristofferson co-starred in with Barbra Streisand), while a complete commercial pariah, is a totally misunderstood album. Its experiments with Tex-Mex, Caribbean, AOR pop, and rock were far out of step with mainstream rock and country audiences. Though completely ignored, Kristofferson's final date for Columbia/Monument, 1981's To the Bone, sent him out on a creative peak. It's a forgotten gem. Produced by Norbert Putnam, its songs reflect his divorce from Coolidge and other soul-shattering life trials he was undergoing. It's inspired, dark, and mean. It stands with his best albums. The bonus material includes three unreleased documents: the excellent Live at Big Sur Folk Festival 1970, the organic Live at RCA Studios from 1972, and the 16-song Demos. All are excellent additions to his catalog. The previously issued and acclaimed Live at the Philharmonic was recorded in 1972 but first released in 1992, while Extras collects non-LP singles, alternates, outtakes, and live recordings. There are testimonials here by Monument's Fred Foster and producer Don Was, but the essay by Mikal Gilmore is the jewel. Yes, this is a whole lot of Kristofferson, and it's not for everybody. But it's certainly worthy of investment for fans seeking a balanced portrait of one of Nashville's true crossover mavericks during the singer/songwriter era . ~ Thom Jurek


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