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Format: CD
Sku: 60321531
UPC: 074644862126
UPC 14: 00074644862126
Release Date: 10/8/1991
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Jody And The Kid ~ Kris Kristofferson
2. From The Bottom To The Top ~ Kris Kristofferson
3. Me And Bobby McGee ~ Kris Kristofferson
4. Sunday Morning Coming Down ~ Kris Kristofferson
5. Taker, The ~ Kris Kristofferson
6. For The Good Times ~ Kris Kristofferson
7. Help Me Make It Through The Night ~ Kris Kristofferson
8. Once More With Feeling ~ Kris Kristofferson
9. Come Sundown ~ Kris Kristofferson
10. I'd Rather Be Sorry ~ Kris Kristofferson
11. Nobody Wins ~ Kris Kristofferson
12. Stranger ~ Kris Kristofferson
13. Loving Her Was Easier ~ Kris Kristofferson
14. If You Don't Like Hank Williams ~ Kris Kristofferson
15. Josie ~ Kris Kristofferson
16. Why Me ~ Kris Kristofferson
17. They Killed Him ~ Kris Kristofferson
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Vietnam Blues - (with Dave Dudley) ~ Kris Kristofferson
2. Jody And The Kid - (with Roy Drusky) ~ Kris Kristofferson
3. Bottle Of The Bottom, The - (with Billy Walker) ~ Kris Kristofferson
4. Sunday Morning Coming Down - (with Billy Walker) ~ Kris Kristofferson
5. Me And Bobby McGee - (with Roger Miller) ~ Kris Kristofferson
6. Taker, The - (with Waylon Jennings) ~ Kris Kristofferson
7. For The Good Times - (with Ray Price) ~ Kris Kristofferson
8. Help Me Make It Through The Night - (with Sammi Smith) ~ Kris Kristofferson
9. Once More With Feeling - (with Jerry Lee Lewis) ~ Kris Kristofferson
10. Come Sundown - (with Bobby Bare) ~ Kris Kristofferson
11. I'd Rather Be Sorry - (with Ray Price) ~ Kris Kristofferson
12. Nobody Wins - (with Brenda Lee) ~ Kris Kristofferson
13. Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends - (with Ronnie Milsap) ~ Kris Kristofferson
14. Stranger - (with Johnny Duncan) ~ Kris Kristofferson
15. Help Me Make It Through The Night - (with Willie Nelson) ~ Kris Kristofferson
16. Loving Her Was Easier - (with Tompall & The Glaser) ~ Kris Kristofferson
17. If You Don't Like Hank Williams - (with Hank Williams Jr.) ~ Kris Kristofferson
18. Me And Bobby McGee - (with Janis Joplin) ~ Kris Kristofferson
19. They Killed Him - (with Bob Dylan) ~ Kris Kristofferson
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote The first disc features famous Kristofferson songs. The second disc is a compilation of Kristofferson hits made famous by other artists.
Muze PNote Kris Kristofferson is known for a half-dozen compositions that became pop or country hits in the early 1970s, most of them for other artists: "Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," "For the Good Times," "Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)," and "Why Me." But in the country market, he had many other hits as a songwriter over a period of more than 20 years. The two-CD compilation, an unusually ambitious undertaking for Sony Music's Special Products division (why didn't Legacy, the company's top-of-the-line reissue division do it?), devotes one disc to Kristofferson's own versions of some of his hits, with the second disc given over to the hit versions recorded by others, some of them licensed from other labels. There are a couple of his songs that he himself had hits with ("Josie," "Why Me"), and only his versions are included, and there are a couple of the many songs he had hits with but never recorded himself ("Vietnam Blues," "Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends"). There are also two cover versions each of "Me and Bobby McGee" (by Roger Miller and Janis Joplin) and "Help Me Make It Through the Night" (Sammi Smith and Willie Nelson). The result is revelatory. His rough voice an acquired taste and his arrangements given to loose country-rock, Kristofferson makes his songs sound like personal statements. Then you hear the slick country versions of the same songs, and they sound like good commercial Nashville product. Sammi Smith's "Help Me Make It Through the Night," sung from a woman's viewpoint, has a completely different feel from Kristofferson's. "If You Don't Like Hank Williams" sounds like it was written for Hank Williams, Jr.'s typically belligerent reading, though Kristofferson's own is, if anything, more raucous. The early "Vietnam Blues," the artist's first-ever cut back in 1966 by Dave Dudley, demonstrates the pro-war, anti-demonstrator attitude of the just-discharged former army captain, a vastly different political viewpoint from the one he would espouse two decades later. Singer/Songwriter is not perfect -- a thorough collection would have dredged up his 1967 Epic Records single "The Golden Idol" and included more of his lost masterpieces and big country hits, notably the great love song "I've Got to Have You" and the major country hits "Your Time's Comin'," "I Won't Mention It Again," and "One Day at a Time." But this is the first compilation to give listeners a sense of the scope of Kristofferson's achievement as a songwriter, beyond the handful of songs for which he is best known. (Though the annotations do not say so, the Kristofferson performance of "From the Bottle to the Bottom" appears to be previously unreleased.) ~ William Ruhlmann

Producer: Nick Shaffran (Compilation)

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Rare Live & Classic
Muze Music Compilations 1991-92-Best Of The Sandia: Wa
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Rita Coolidge-Millenni
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 2-16 Biggest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Essential Johnny Cash
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Country Super Hits
Muze Music Compilations Duets (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Essential Willie Nelson
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Waylon Jennings
Muze Music Compilations Delta Lady: The Anthology
Muze Music Compilations The Legend
Muze Music Compilations Road Goes On Forever (w/ Bonus DVD) (Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Road Goes On Forever
Muze Music Compilations The Legend Of Johnny Cash
Muze Music Compilations Last Man Standing
Muze Music Compilations Nashville Rebel
Muze Music Compilations Anchored In Love:tribute To June Cart
Muze Music Compilations Tbd
Muze Music Compilations Definitive Collection (1985 To 1993)
Muze Music Compilations Columbia Country Classics Volume 3:am
Muze Music Compilations Essential 3.0(Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Essential 3.0(Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Havana Jam
Muze Music Compilations What Love Can Do
Muze Music Compilations Essential 3.0
Muze Music Compilations Music Inside:collaboration Dedicated
Muze Music Compilations Joyful Noise (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Chimes Of Freedom:songs Of Bob Dylan
Muze Music Compilations This One's For Him:tribute To Guy Cla
Muze Music Compilations Heroes
Muze Music Compilations Kin:songs By Mary Karr Rodney Crowe
Muze Music Compilations Johnny Cash Music Festival:2011
Muze Music Compilations Greatest:number Ones
Muze Music Compilations We Walk the Line-Celebration of Johnny Cash
Muze Music Compilations 16 Biggest Hits Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations Threads And Grooves
Muze Music Compilations Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County
Muze Music Compilations Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County: Deluxe Edition CD + DVD
Muze Music Compilations Still Within The Sound Of My Voice
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:johnny Cash
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:willie Nelson
Muze Music Compilations 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration
Muze Music Compilations Country Top Hits Of The 70's
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:country Hits Of '60s &
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of Johnny Cash Due
Muze Music Compilations Look Again To The Wind:johnny Cash's

Associated Artists and Works

Cash, Johnny
Mcgregor, Ewan
Nelson, Willie
Original Radio Broadcast

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/15/1991
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1991
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 48621
Music Label Name Label : Monument Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00074644862126

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly (1/10/92, p.70)
- "..His early songs were fairly revolutionary..he managed to infuse country music with both a new literacy - and a frank sexuality...an honest poignancy in Kristofferson's own stripped-down renditions.." - rating: B

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