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Playlist: The Very Best of Kris Kristofferson

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Album Review

Sony's Playlist series is certainly a 21st century approach to the "best-of" compilation. It provides both CD-quality music and downloadable mp3 files, and instead of liner notes and photos in the printed booklet, it provides them digitally on the CD. Most importantly, entries in the series are sold for a budget price. Kris Kristofferson's entry — which claims to balance hits, audience favorites, and obscure tracks — is a curious one in that it contains 14 songs from his Monument sides recorded between 1970 and 1979, and resembles very closely a standard greatest-hits collection. However, it leaves off some seminal tracks and deliberately — it seems — excludes others. For instance, why not include the title track from "Jesus Was a Capricorn" by substituting lesser numbers such as "Once More with Feeling" from Shake Hands with the Devil? Or "Living Legend" from Easter Island? A better question is why nothing is here from Kristofferson's stellar, underrated 1981 album To the Bone, whose single, "Nobody Loves Anybody Anymore," actually charted, carrying the album with it. (It was also reviewed very favorably at the time.) Most of the music here provides an excellent showcase of the singer/songwriter at his commercial peak. That said, there are far better, more representative collections available for the money.

Biography

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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