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Kris Kristofferson - The Essential Kris Kristofferson (2004) Retail CD
Kristofferson is a demonstrably Nashville writer. Narratives of hard luck, regret and defiance take up a large chunk of this collection. It is resolutely blue collar country. Once you suspend disbelief and meet those songs on their own terms it is highly entertaining. All the country touchstones are here - it's a world of femme fatales, liquor, broken dreams and outlaw values. There a number of story songs 'Darby's Castle', 'Billy Dee' 'Casey's Last Ride' for example. There are also some excellent songs here, for instance 'Sunday Morning Coming Down', 'Just The Other Side Of Nowhere', and 'Memore… And Bobby McGee'. Surprisingly as well, despite having heard Billy Connelly's parody of it, 'Help Me Make It Through The Night' doesn't sound that bad. Across the whole two discs Kristofferson's voice is suitably world weary and limited. The music is polished country, all fingerpickin' guitars and perfunctory bass. Occasionally strings and pedal steel add colouring. Drawbacks to this compilation are that it feel's a bit one paced and the fact that instrumentation hardly varies. The sound is excellent though. If you like your country of the unreconstructed kind, then this is a very good package.
|1||Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down|
|2||To Beat The Devil|
|3||Just The Other Side Of Nowhere|
|4||Me And Bobby McGee|
|5||The Best Of All Possible Worlds|
|6||Casey's Last Ride|
|7||Help Me Make It Through The Night|
|9||Jody And The Kid|
|10||Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)|
|11||For The Good Times|
|13||From The Bottle To The Bottom|
|15||Breakdown (A Long Way From Home)|
|16||The Silver Tongued Devil And I|
|18||The Pilgrim: Chapter 33 (Live)|
|2||The Sabre And The Rose|
|3||Broken Freedom Song|
|4||Jesus Was A Capricorn (Owed To John Prine)|
|5||Shandy (The Perfect Disguise)|
|7||The Last Time|
|9||I'd Rather Be Sorry duet (with Rita Coolidge)|
|10||Highwayman (With Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson And Johnny Cash)|
|11||Don't Cuss The Fiddle|
|12||The Bigger The Fool, The Harder The Fall|
|14||If You Don't Like Hank Williams|
|15||Here Comes That Rainbow Again|
|16||Once More With Feeling|
|17||How Do You Feel About Foolin' Around (with Willie Nelson)|
|19||Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends|
- Kris Kristofferson - The Essential Kris Kristofferson (2004) Retail CD
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