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The Very Best Of Kris Kristofferson CD


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Kris Kristofferson returns to the essentials of his finely honed craft on his New West album Closer to the Bone. Like the master singer-songwriter’s 2006 New West bow This Old Road, the new album is produced by Grammy Award winner Don Was. The previous collection – Kristofferson’s first recording in almost a dozen years – was hailed by critics as “one of the ... Read more in Amazon's Kris Kristofferson Store

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  • Audio CD (31 May 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B0000258CS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,539 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Help Me Make It Through The Night
2. For The Good Times
3. Loving Her Was Easier
4. Me And Bobby McGee
5. Nobody Wins
6. Why Me
7. Sunday Morning Comin' Down
8. Jody And The Kid
9. Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends (with Rita Coolidge)
10. The Taker
11. Stranger
12. Help Me
13. Put It Off Until Tomorrow
14. Breakdown (A Long Way From Home)
15. Hello In There
16. The Pilgrim: Chapter 33
17. From The Bottle To The Bottom
18. Somebody Nobody Knows
19. I'd Rather Be Sorry
20. Once More With Feeling
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CD Monument, 494188 2, 1999 23 Track

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Isabel Cullen on 20 Feb 2005
Format: Audio CD
Kris is a poet and it shows in every one of these songs. Listening to the warmth of his voice singing Loving Her Was Easier, the quiet desparation of Help Me and the pain in I'd Rather Be Sorry is a delight. I'm so glad I found this album
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda Wainwright on 17 Jun 2013
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34 years ago I had an excruciating summer of excitement and heartbreak, and what I thought what love - and Kristofferson's songs were the soundtrack. That those memories, which concern people no longer in my life, surface so readily when I listen to his music is a tribute to his talent, his knack of finding just the right words to touch my soul. I gave away my original copy of what was then a tape of these songs, because they hurt too much at the end. I thought I could stand it now, but it was hard.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 July 2009
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All 23 of these tracks were written or co-written by Kristofferson with the exception of Hello In There, Help Me, Put It Off Until Tomorrow and We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds. The numerous cover versions of this formidable artist's songs are more familiar than his own. Classics like Sunday Morning Coming Down, For The Good Times and Help Me Make It Through The Night demonstrate his unique compositional talent and ability to capture universal feelings and moods. This compilation is rather unusual as it omits well-known numbers like The Best Of All Possible Worlds, Casey's Last Ride & Darby's Castle in favor of earlier compositions and duets with Dolly Parton & Joan Baez.

Cover versions of Jody and the Kid hit the charts 1968 and From the Bottle to the Bottom in 1969. That same year Roger Miller took Me and Bobby McGee into the country charts whilst Ray Stevens scored both a pop & country hit with Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down. In 1970 Ray Price achieved the same with For The Good Times. The following year Janis Joplin's powerful rendition of Me & Bobby McGee reached number one whilst Gordon Lightfoot's flowing folk version also made the charts. Help Me Make It Through the Night remains one of the most covered songs of all time; this includes an atmospheric interpretation by Gladys Knight & The Pips.

The gospel song Why Me was probably Kristofferson's greatest hit as it stayed on the Billboard Hot Hundred for months round about 1973/1974.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Nov 2005
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Excellent. Atmospheric, true to life and moving. You won't regret buying this CD.
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What a songwriter! Here is a treasure trove of his awesome music and lyrics. His vocals drip with raw power and the listener receives the "true" delivery of the songs, as Kris intended. Like Dylan, though, Kris' forte is as writer. Not so much as singer. This, regretably, makes listening to the author sing 'em infrequent for me. I'd much rather hear Peter, Paul and Mary sing "Blowin' In The Wind" than Dylan. And in Kris' case, Johnny Cash, Sammi Smith, Ray Price, etc., excel in doing Kris' music proud. I can listen to their renditions over and over with greater ease. This CD, though, does get high marks for passion and grit. Quite an experience.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 26 Sep 2003
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Kris was never blessed with a great singing voice but his voice is good enough on his own songs, which he sings with a conviction and honesty sometimes (but not always) lacking in cover versions by others. In that way, he may be compared with Bob Dylan, another outstanding songwriter with vocal limitations. As somebody who regards the human voice as the most important musical instrument of all, I cannot say that Kris is one of my favorite singers, but he has just enough to make me want to listen to his music every now and again. Perhaps it is the desperation with which he sings Help me make it through the night, or his attempt to find spiritual answers in Why me lord.
So on this compilation you will find his original recordings of songs that have become classics across several different genres of music, including pop, rock, country, soul, R+B and reggae. The most successful song of all is Help me make it through the night, which has charted for several different singers. Sammi Smith was first, selling two million copies in the USA, topping the country charts and reaching the top ten in the pop charts. John Holt, a fine reggae singer, took it high up the British charts. Another popular song, For the good times, was a country hit for Ray Price and a pop hit for Perry Como. Among the other singers who have been successful with his songs are Janis Joplin (Me and Bobby McGhee), Johnny Cash (Sunday morning coming down), Waylon Jennings (The taker) and Brenda Lee (Nobody wins), but this is by no means a complete list.
This collection features several duets on songs that (with one exception) Kris didn't write. Larry Gatlin joins Kris on Help me. Dolly Parton is featured on Put it off until tomorrow. Joan Baez joins Kris on a live version of Hello in there.
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By G. Tilling on 7 July 2014
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very good
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By maggie heasley on 5 July 2014
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Classic!!! just the right mix of his songs ...
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