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The Essential Kris Kristofferson

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The foundation of Kris Kristofferson’s reputation as a songwriter is comprised of material from his first two albums, which fills up the first disc of this collection. During that time he injected an audaciously erudite sensibility into the candid, small-town storytelling of country music. Even now, it’s hard not to be stunned by the craft of “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night” and “Me and Bobby McGee.” In contrast, the second disc spans an astonishing 14 years, and while it may be less consistent, it's more fun. In addition to essential tracks like “Border Lord,” “Why Me” and “Nobody Wins,” the disc includes several high quality works that slipped through the cracks, among them “The Bigger the Fool, the Harder the Fall,” “Shandy” and “Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends.” Due to licensing disagreements, there are no selections from Kristofferson’s two brilliant “comeback” albums 1995’s A Moment of Forever and 2003’s This Old Road. Nonetheless, The Essential Kris Kristofferson forms a lasting portrait of a songwriter whose art was connected yet deeply separated from the ‘60s generation of singer-songwriters.

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This album is one of my favorites. I listen to all music, but one artist that I can always rely on no matter what mood Im in is Kris. "The Best of All Possible Worlds" has to be one of the best songs Ive ever heard. Like many of his songs its a story of something that may or may not have happened to him in his life. I laugh every time I hear it. Buy this album, you wont regret it.

Kris Kristofferson All His Best

I hope I got the album title correct
I have been following Kris' career for most of it, and this album is an Excellent!!! compilation and credit to him. Buy it, I believe you won't be sorry!

Songs to make me happy

Here Comes that Rainbow Again has to be one of the best "depression busting" songs ever written.


Born: June 22, 1936 in Brownsville, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After a lengthy period of struggle, Kris Kristofferson achieved remarkable success as a country songwriter at the start of the 1970s. His songs "Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," and "For the Good Times," all chart-topping hits, helped redefine country songwriting, making it more personal and serious, much in the way that Bob Dylan's songs had transformed pop music songwriting in the mid-'60s. By 1987, it was estimated that Kristofferson's compositions...
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