Singer/Songwriter CD (1991)

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Label Sony
SKU 60321531
UPC 074644862126
UPC 14 00074644862126
Format CD
Release Date 10/8/1991
Links
Author Kris Kristofferson
Compilation Appearance Rare Live & Classic
Compilation Appearance 1991-92-Best Of The Sandia: Wa
Compilation Appearance Best Of Rita Coolidge-Millenni
Compilation Appearance Love Songs Of The 70's
Compilation Appearance Vol. 2-16 Biggest Hits
Compilation Appearance Essential Johnny Cash
Compilation Appearance Ultimate Country Super Hits
Compilation Appearance Duets (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Essential Willie Nelson
Compilation Appearance Ultimate Waylon Jennings
Compilation Appearance Delta Lady: The Anthology
Compilation Appearance The Legend
Compilation Appearance Road Goes On Forever (w/ Bonus DVD) (Limited Edition)
Compilation Appearance Road Goes On Forever
Compilation Appearance The Legend Of Johnny Cash
Compilation Appearance Last Man Standing
Compilation Appearance Nashville Rebel
Compilation Appearance All Amrcn Cntry Roadt(3cd
Compilation Appearance Anchored In Love:tribute To June Cart
Compilation Appearance Tbd
Compilation Appearance Definitive Collection (1985 To 1993)
Compilation Appearance Taste Of Texas
Compilation Appearance Essential 3.0(Limited Edition)
Compilation Appearance What Love Can Do
Compilation Appearance Essential 3.0
Compilation Appearance Joyful Noise (Ost)
Compilation Appearance Chimes Of Freedom:songs Of Bob Dylan
Compilation Appearance This One's For Him:tribute To Guy Cla
Compilation Appearance Country Gospel Favorites
Compilation Appearance Heroes
Compilation Appearance Kin:songs By Mary Karr Rodney Crowe
Compilation Appearance Johnny Cash Music Festival:2011
Compilation Appearance Greatest:number Ones
Compilation Appearance We Walk the Line-Celebration of Johnny Cash
Compilation Appearance 16 Biggest Hits Vol 2
Compilation Appearance Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County
Compilation Appearance Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County: Deluxe Edition CD + DVD
Compilation Appearance Still Within The Sound Of My Voice
Compilation Appearance Box Set Series:johnny Cash
Compilation Appearance Box Set Series:willie Nelson
Compilation Appearance 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration
Compilation Appearance Box Set Series:country Hits Of '60s &
Compilation Appearance Playlist:very Best Of Johnny Cash Due
Compilation Appearance Look Again To The Wind:johnny Cash's
Compilation Appearance Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City
Compilation Appearance Roots Of Johnny Cash
Associated Artist/Work Cash, Johnny
Associated Artist/Work Mcgregor, Ewan
Associated Artist/Work Nelson, Willie
Associated Artist/Work Original Radio Broadcast
Technical Info
Producer Nick Shaffran (Compilation)
CatalogID 48621
Lable Name Monument Records
Released 10/15/1991
Original Release 1991
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00074644862126
Album Notes and Credits
The first disc features famous Kristofferson songs. The second disc is a compilation of Kristofferson hits made famous by other artists.
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
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
Disc 1
1 Jody And The Kid,Vietnam Blues - (with Dave Dudley)
2 From The Bottom To The Top,Jody And The Kid - (with Roy Drusky)
3 Me And Bobby McGee,Bottle Of The Bottom, The - (with Billy Walker)
4 Sunday Morning Coming Down,Sunday Morning Coming Down - (with Billy Walker)
5 Taker, The,Me And Bobby McGee - (with Roger Miller)
6 For The Good Times,Taker, The - (with Waylon Jennings)
7 Help Me Make It Through The Night,For The Good Times - (with Ray Price)
8 Once More With Feeling,Help Me Make It Through The Night - (with Sammi Smith)
9 Come Sundown,Once More With Feeling - (with Jerry Lee Lewis)
10 I'd Rather Be Sorry,Come Sundown - (with Bobby Bare)
11 Nobody Wins,I'd Rather Be Sorry - (with Ray Price)
12 Stranger,Nobody Wins - (with Brenda Lee)
13 Loving Her Was Easier,Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends - (with Ronnie Milsap)
14 If You Don't Like Hank Williams,Stranger - (with Johnny Duncan)
15 Josie,Help Me Make It Through The Night - (with Willie Nelson)
16 Why Me,Loving Her Was Easier - (with Tompall & The Glaser)
17 They Killed Him,If You Don't Like Hank Williams - (with Hank Williams Jr.)
18 Me And Bobby McGee - (with Janis Joplin)
19 They Killed Him - (with Bob Dylan)
Disc 2
1 Jody And The Kid,Vietnam Blues - (with Dave Dudley)
2 From The Bottom To The Top,Jody And The Kid - (with Roy Drusky)
3 Me And Bobby McGee,Bottle Of The Bottom, The - (with Billy Walker)
4 Sunday Morning Coming Down,Sunday Morning Coming Down - (with Billy Walker)
5 Taker, The,Me And Bobby McGee - (with Roger Miller)
6 For The Good Times,Taker, The - (with Waylon Jennings)
7 Help Me Make It Through The Night,For The Good Times - (with Ray Price)
8 Once More With Feeling,Help Me Make It Through The Night - (with Sammi Smith)
9 Come Sundown,Once More With Feeling - (with Jerry Lee Lewis)
10 I'd Rather Be Sorry,Come Sundown - (with Bobby Bare)
11 Nobody Wins,I'd Rather Be Sorry - (with Ray Price)
12 Stranger,Nobody Wins - (with Brenda Lee)
13 Loving Her Was Easier,Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends - (with Ronnie Milsap)
14 If You Don't Like Hank Williams,Stranger - (with Johnny Duncan)
15 Josie,Help Me Make It Through The Night - (with Willie Nelson)
16 Why Me,Loving Her Was Easier - (with Tompall & The Glaser)
17 They Killed Him,If You Don't Like Hank Williams - (with Hank Williams Jr.)
18 Me And Bobby McGee - (with Janis Joplin)
19 They Killed Him - (with Bob Dylan)

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