The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection

The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection

by Kris Kristofferson



Judging by the sheer number of Kris Kristofferson songs covered by other iconic artists, he is unquestionably one of the great American songwriters of the 20th century. His recorded catalog, however, has always been subject to greater debate -- even among fans -- due in large part to a narrow register and reedy singing voice. Thanks to this exhaustive box set by Sony Legacy, issued in celebration of Kristofferson's 80th birthday, those arguments can begin anew. This package contains all 11 albums in replica LP sleeves that the singer/songwriter released for Monument and Columbia between 1970 and 1981, as well as five additional volumes that include rare and previously unissued music. Among the bona fide classics are his self-titled debut album, The Silver Tongued Devil & I, Jesus Was a Capricorn, and Border Lord. All were released between 1970 and 1972 and made the Top 10 on the country charts. Spooky Lady's Sideshow from 1974 peaked at number 11, and was given middling reviews, so it's the perfect place to begin a reassessment. It contains some of his most enduring songs, including "Broken Freedom Song," "I May Smoke Too Much," "Lights of Magdala," and "Rescue Mission." Breakaway, his second duet album with then-wife Rita Coolidge, is as fine as their Grammy-winning first, Full Moon, issued by A&M (her label) in 1973, which topped the country charts. Who's to Bless and Who's to Blame (1975) and Easter Island (1978) are worthy even with dated production. Surreal Thing from 1976, however, is unfocused and wildly uneven. 1979's Shake Hands with the Devil (whose cover is adorned with stills from the film A Star Is Born, which Kristofferson co-starred in with Barbra Streisand), while a complete commercial pariah, is a totally misunderstood album. Its experiments with Tex-Mex, Caribbean, AOR pop, and rock were far out of step with mainstream rock and country audiences. Though completely ignored, Kristofferson's final date for Columbia/Monument, 1981's To the Bone, sent him out on a creative peak. It's a forgotten gem. Produced by Norbert Putnam, its songs reflect his divorce from Coolidge and other soul-shattering life trials he was undergoing. It's inspired, dark, and mean. It stands with his best albums. The bonus material includes three unreleased documents: the excellent Live at Big Sur Folk Festival 1970, the organic Live at RCA Studios from 1972, and the 16-song Demos. All are excellent additions to his catalog. The previously issued and acclaimed Live at the Philharmonic was recorded in 1972 but first released in 1992, while Extras collects non-LP singles, alternates, outtakes, and live recordings. There are testimonials here by Monument's Fred Foster and producer Don Was, but the essay by Mikal Gilmore is the jewel. Yes, this is a whole lot of Kristofferson, and it's not for everybody. But it's certainly worthy of investment for fans seeking a balanced portrait of one of Nashville's true crossover mavericks during the singer/songwriter era .

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2016
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888430829022
catalogNumber: 308290


Disc 1

  1. Blamed It on the Stones
  2. To Beat the Devil
  3. Me and Bobby McGee
  4. Best of All Possible Worlds
  5. Help Me Make It Through the Night
  6. The Law is for the Protection of People
  7. Casey's Last Ride
  8. Just the Other Side of Nowhere
  9. Darby's Castle
  10. For the Good Times
  11. Duvalier's Dream
  12. Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down

Disc 2

  1. The Silver Tongued Devil and I
  2. Jody and the Kid
  3. Billy Dee
  4. Good Christian Soldier
  5. Breakdown (A Long Way from Home)
  6. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)
  7. The Taker
  8. When I Loved Her
  9. The Pilgrim, Chapter 33
  10. Epitaph (Black and Blue)

Disc 3

  1. Josie
  2. Burden of Freedom
  3. Stagger Mountain Tragedy
  4. Border Lord
  5. Somebody Nobody Knows
  6. Little Girl Lost
  7. Smokey Put the Sweat on Me
  8. When She's Wrong
  9. Gettin' by, High and Strange
  10. Kiss the World Goodbye

Disc 4

  1. Jesus Was a Capricorn (Owed to John Prine)
  2. Nobody Wins
  3. It Sure Was (Love)
  4. Enough for You
  5. Help Me
  6. Jesse Younger
  7. Give it Time to Be Tender
  8. Out of Mind, Out of Sight
  9. Sugar Man
  10. Why Me?

Disc 5

  1. Same Old Song
  2. Broken Freedom Song
  3. Shandy (The Perfect Disguise)
  4. Star-Stangled Bummer (Whores Die Hard)
  5. The Lights of Magdala
  6. I May Smoke Too Much
  7. One for the Money
  8. Late Again (Gettin' Over You)
  9. Stairway to the Bottom
  10. Rescue Mission
  11. Smile at Me Again
  12. Rock and Roll Time

Disc 6

  1. Lover Please
  2. We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds
  3. Dakota (The Dancing Bear)
  4. What'cha Gonna Do
  5. The Things I Might Have Been
  6. Slow Down
  7. Rain
  8. Sweet Susannah
  9. I've Got to Have You
  10. I'd Rather Be Sorry
  11. Crippled Crow

Disc 7

  1. The Year 2000 Minus 25
  2. If It's All the Same to You
  3. Easy, Come on
  4. Stallion
  5. Rocket to Stardom
  6. Stranger
  7. Who's to Bless and Who's to Blame
  8. Don't Cuss the Fiddle
  9. Silver (The Hunger)

Disc 8

  1. You Show Me Yours (And I'll Show You Mine)
  2. Killing Time
  3. The Prisoner
  4. Eddie the Eunuch
  5. It's Never Gonna Be the Same Again
  6. I Got a Life of My Own
  7. The Stranger I Love
  8. The Golden Idol
  9. Bad Love Story
  10. If You Don't Like Hank Williams

Disc 9

  1. Risky Bizness
  2. How Do You Feel (About Foolin' Around)
  3. Forever in Your Love
  4. The Sabre and the Rose
  5. Spooky Lady's Revenge
  6. Easter Island
  7. The Bigger the Fool (The Harder the Fall)
  8. Lay Me Down (And Love the World Away)
  9. The Fighter
  10. Living Legend

Disc 10

  1. Shake Hands With the Devil
  2. Prove It to You One More Time Again
  3. Whiskey, Whiskey
  4. Lucky in Love
  5. Seadream
  6. Killer Baracuda
  7. Come Sundown
  8. Michoacan
  9. Once More With Feeling
  10. Fallen Angel

Disc 11

  1. Magdalene
  2. Star-Crossed
  3. Blessing in Disguise
  4. The Devil to Pay
  5. Daddy's Song
  6. Snakebit
  7. Nobody Loves Anybody Anymore
  8. Maybe You Heard
  9. The Last Time
  10. I'll Take Any Chance I Can With You

Disc 12

  1. If You Don't Like Hank Williams [Li
  2. The Law is for Protection of the People
  3. Band Introduction
  4. The Pilgrim, Chapter 33
  5. Duvalier's Dream
  6. Help Me Make It Through the Night [
  7. Shake Hands With the Devil
  8. To Beat the Devil
  9. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) [Live at the B
  10. Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
  11. Me and Bobby McGee

Disc 13

  1. Duvalier's Dream
  2. When I Loved Her
  3. Jesus Was a Capricorn (Owed to John Prine)
  4. Same Old Song
  5. Band Introductions
  6. Smile at Me Again
  7. Loving Her Was Easier (Than I'll Ever Do Again) [Live from RCA Studios
  8. Casey's Last Ride
  9. Billy Dee
  10. The Law is for Protection of the People
  11. Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
  12. Help Me Make It Through the Night

Disc 14

  1. Late John Garfield Blues
  2. Jesus Was a Capricorn
  3. Nobody Wins
  4. Jesse Younger
  5. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) [Live at the P
  6. Late Again (Gettin' Over You)
  7. Out of Mind, Out of Sight
  8. Sugar Man
  9. Billy Dee
  10. The Law is for the Protection of People
  11. For the Good Times
  12. Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
  13. Okie from Muskogee
  14. Border Lord
  15. Ain't It Funny How Time Slips Away
  16. Night Life
  17. Me and Paul
  18. Mountain Dew
  19. The Pilgrim, Chapter 33
  20. Rainbow Road
  21. It Sure Was (Love)
  22. Help Me
  23. Me and Bobby McGee
  24. Whiskey, Whiskey

Disc 15

  1. Golden Idol
  2. Killing Time
  3. Hello in There
  4. The Juice and the Juicehead, Minus Me
  5. Shadows of Her Mind
  6. The Lady's Not for Sale
  7. From the Bottle to the Bottom
  8. The Bandits of Beverly Hills
  9. Here Comes That Rainbow Again
  10. The Bigger the Fool, the Harder the Fall
  11. Help Me Make it Through the Night
  12. Born to Love Me
  13. Put It Off Until Tomorrow
  14. Ping Pong
  15. Casey's Last Ride
  16. To Make a Long Story Short, She's Gone
  17. How Do You Feel About Foolin' Around
  18. Eye of the Storm
  19. Crossing the Border
  20. Down to Her Socks
  21. Under the Gun
  22. The Final Attraction
  23. I'll Be Your Tonight

Disc 16

  1. Gypsy Rose and I Don't Give a Curse
  2. I Believe That I Believe
  3. Born to Die Alone
  4. The Hurricane and the Helicopter
  5. Bread for the Body (And Food for the Soul)
  6. I Can Be Had
  7. The Table, the Glass, the Wine
  8. A Stitch in the Hand
  9. File It Under Sick and Wrong
  10. Where She Stops Nobody Knows
  11. Lonesome Way of Dying
  12. Good for Nothing Blues
  13. Fallen Woman
  14. No One's Gonna Miss Me
  15. Hitting Close to Home
  16. Nobody Wins My Soul

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kris Kristofferson   Primary Artist
Norman Blake   Dobro,Guitar
Rita Coolidge   Background Vocals
Gary Busey   Background Vocals
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Donnie Fritts   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Background Vocals
Chris Gantry   Guitar
Steve Gibson   Guitar
Dennis Linde   Guitar
Billy Swan   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Bobbye Hall   Percussion
Dennis Belfield   Bass
Stephen Bruton   Guitar,Background Vocals
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Glen Clark   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tommy Cogbill   Bass
Sammy Creason   Drums
Nick DeCaro   Accordion
Bobby Dyson   Bass
Chuck Findley   Trombone
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Tommy Jackson   Fiddle
Jackie Kelso   Saxophone
Jerry Kennedy   Guitar
Millie Kirkham   Background Vocals
Darrell Leonard   Horn
Tommy McClure   Bass
Jerry McGee   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Farrell Morris   Percussion
Weldon Myrick   Steel Guitar
Andy Newmark   Drums
Terry Paul   Bass,Background Vocals
Jerry Shook   Guitar
Dwight Smith   Horn
Fred Tackett   Acoustic Guitar
Mike Utley   Organ,Synthesizer,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Benny Whitehead   Background Vocals
Zal Yanovsky   Guitar
Dick Hyde   Tuba
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica,Horn
Leland Sklar   Bass
David Briggs   Keyboards
Nobert Putnam   Bass
Steve Bruton   Background Vocals
John Buck Wilkins   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bobby Bare   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Melba Montgomery   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Dolly Parton   Composer
Shel Silverstein   Composer
Rita Coolidge   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
John Prine   Composer
Bob Neuwirth   Composer
Kim Fowley   Composer
Donnie Fritts   Composer
Dennis Linde   Producer
Larry Murray   Composer
Billy Swan   Composer
Larry Gatlin   Composer
Billy Joe Shaver   Composer
Tom Ghent   Composer
Bob Morrison   Composer
Dan Penn   Composer
Atwood Allen   Composer
David Anderle   Producer
Stephen Bruton   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Roy Edward Burris   Composer
Paul Buskirk   Composer
Nancy Carlen   Producer
Glen Clark   Composer
Don DeVito   Producer
Fred Foster   Composer,Producer
Gib Guilbeau   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Producer
Roger McGuinn   Composer
Norbert Putnam   Producer
Robert B. Sherman   Composer
Donna Weiss   Composer
Michael Utley   Composer
Bob Irwin   Producer
Bascom Lamar Lunsford   Composer
Edward O'Dowd   Art Direction
Scotty Wiseman   Composer
Bill Owens   Composer
Mikal Gilmore   Liner Notes
Mark Neuman   Production Director
Jon Reid   Composer
Carol Pugh   Composer
Seymour Cassell   Composer

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