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Kris Kristofferson - The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Kris Kristofferson - The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Kris Kristofferson
Title: The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection
Genre: Country, Country Rock, Soft Rock, Outlaw Country, Progressive Country, Traditional Country, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 11:14:57
Recorded: 1970-1981

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the 80th birthday of American music legend Kris Kristofferson with the release of The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection, a 16CD deluxe box set, on Friday, June 10.
The most comprehensive Kris Kristofferson musical library ever assembled, The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection brings together 11 essential studio albums, recorded by the artist from 1970 through 1981, individually packaged in a facsimile sleeve reproducing the original album artwork. In addition, the boxed set includes five bonus discs of unreleased and hard-to-find live and studio material drawn from Kristofferson’s extraordinary golden era with the Monument and Columbia Records labels. Bonus material includes three highly-collectible concert recordings (two of them previously unreleased) from 1970-1972 and two full discs of rarities featuring non-LP singles, studio outtakes, rare appearances, previously unavailable demos and more.
The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection box set includes a deluxe booklet featuring essays and liner notes penned especially for this anthology: 1) an introduction to Kristofferson written by Fred Foster, the visionary founder of Monument Records who signed Kris as a songwriter to Combine Music and a recording artist for Monument, who released his debut album in 1970; 2) an aesthetic appreciation of the artist–“Kris Kristofferson True American Hero””–by famed musician/producer Don Was; and 3) a revelatory and insightful portrait of Kris Kristofferson and his music from acclaimed American writer and journalist Mikal Gilmore.


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 . --AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek




The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection

Kristofferson (Monument, 1970)
1 Blame It On the Stones 00:02:46
2 To Beat the Devil 00:04:45
3 Me and Bobby McGee 00:04:24
4 Best of All Possible Worlds 00:03:03
5 Help Me Make It Through the Night 00:02:27
6 The Law Is for Protection of the People 00:02:40
7 Casey's Last Ride 00:03:38
8 Just the Other Side of Nowhere 00:03:40
9 Darby's Castle 00:03:21
10 For the Good Times 00:03:27
11 Duvalier's Dream 00:03:01
12 Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down 00:04:35

The Silver Tongued Devil and I (Monument, 1971)
1 The Silver Tongued Devil and I 00:04:20
2 Jody and the Kid 00:03:08
3 Billy Dee 00:03:01
4 Good Christian Soldier 00:03:25
5 Breakdown (A Long Way from Home) 00:02:44
6 Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) 00:03:50
7 The Taker 00:03:17
8 When I Loved Her 00:03:04
9 The Pilgrim, Chapter 33 00:03:12
10 Epitaph (Black and Blue) 00:03:25

Border Lord (Monument, 1972)
1 Josie 00:03:14
2 Burden of Freedom 00:03:23
3 Stagger Mountain Tragedy 00:02:56
4 Border Lord 00:03:39
5 Somebody Nobody Knows 00:03:38
6 Little Girl Lost 00:03:11
7 Smokey Put the Sweat On Me 00:03:10
8 When She's Wrong 00:04:47
9 Gettin' By, High and Strange 00:02:36
10 Kiss the World Goodbye 00:03:00

Jesus Was a Capricorn (Monument, 1972)
1 Jesus Was a Capricorn (Owed to John Prine) 00:02:31
2 Nobody Wins 00:03:09
3 It Sure Was (Love) 00:02:55
4 Enough for You 00:03:07
5 Help Me 00:03:26
6 Jesse Younger 00:02:44
7 Give It Time to Be Tender 00:03:29
8 Out of Mind, Out of Sight 00:03:03
9 Sugar Man 00:04:03
10 Why Me 00:03:26

Spooky Lady’s Sideshow (Monument, 1974)
1 Same Old Song 00:03:16
2 Broken Freedom Song 00:05:24
3 Shandy (The Perfect Disguise) 00:03:38
4 Star-Spangled Bummer (Whores Die Hard) 00:03:35
5 The Lights of Magdala 00:03:42
6 I May Smoke Too Much 00:03:08
7 One for the Money 00:03:05
8 Late Again (Gettin' Over You) 00:03:34
9 Stairway to the Bottom 00:03:26
10 Rescue Mission 00:05:21
11 Smile at Me Again 00:03:33
12 Rock and Roll Time 00:04:55

Breakaway - Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge (Monument, 1974)
1 Lover Please 00:03:07
2 We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds 00:03:20
3 Dakota (The Dancing Bear) 00:03:09
4 What'cha Gonna Do 00:02:51
5 The Things I Might Have Been 00:03:09
6 Slow Down 00:03:08
7 Rain 00:03:43
8 Sweet Susannah 00:02:35
9 I've Got to Have You 00:03:32
10 I'd Rather Be Sorry 00:03:10
11 Crippled Crow 00:03:14

Who’s To Bless…and Who’s To Blame (Monument, 1975)
1 The Year 2000 Minus 25 00:03:39
2 If It's All the Same to You 00:03:15
3 Easy, Come On 00:03:38
4 Stallion 00:04:46
5 Rocket to Stardom 00:03:35
6 Stranger 00:03:10
7 Who's to Bless and Who's to Blame 00:03:33
8 Don't Cuss the Fiddle 00:03:25
9 Silver (The Hunger) 00:08:19

Surreal Thing (Monument, 1976)
1 You Show Me Yours (And I'll Show You Mine) 00:03:39
2 Killing Time 00:03:45
3 The Prisoner 00:04:25
4 Eddie the Eunuch 00:02:58
5 It's Never Gonna Be the Same Again 00:03:55
6 I Got a Life of My Own 00:03:38
7 The Stranger I Love 00:04:12
8 The Golden Idol 00:03:09
9 Bad Love Story 00:03:35
10 If You Don't Like Hank Williams 00:03:31

Easter Island (Monument/Columbia, 1978)
1 Risky Bizness 00:02:35
2 How Do You Feel (About Foolin' Around) 00:03:19
3 Forever In Your Love 00:03:17
4 The Sabre and the Rose 00:05:16
5 Spooky Lady's Revenge 00:03:50
6 Easter Island 00:03:42
7 The Bigger the Fool (The Harder the Fall) 00:03:33
8 Lay Me Down (And Love the World Away) 00:02:53
9 The Fighter 00:03:41
10 Living Legend 00:04:36

Shake Hands With The Devil (Monument/Columbia, 1979)
1 Shake Hands With the Devil 00:03:29
2 Prove It to You One More Time Again 00:02:46
3 Whiskey, Whiskey 00:03:49
4 Lucky In Love 00:02:44
5 Seadream 00:03:03
6 Killer Barracuda 00:03:03
7 Come Sundown 00:03:41
8 Michoacan (From "Cisco Pike") 00:03:02
9 Once More with Feeling 00:02:52
10 Fallen Angel 00:04:11

To The Bone (Monument/Columbia, 1981)
1 Magdalene 00:03:42
2 Star-Crossed 00:03:29
3 Blessing In Disguise 00:03:26
4 The Devil to Pay 00:03:22
5 Daddy's Song 00:05:03
6 Snakebit 00:03:32
7 Nobody Loves Anybody Anymore 00:03:07
8 Maybe You Heard 00:02:59
9 The Last Time 00:04:12
10 I'll Take Any Chance I Can with You 00:03:30

Bonus Discs

Live At The Big Sur Folk Festival (recorded 1970, previously unreleased)
1 If You Don't Like Hank Williams 00:02:09
2 The Law Is for Protection of the People 00:03:29
3 Band Introduction 00:01:28
4 The Pilgrim, Chapter 33 00:03:26
5 Duvalier's Dream 00:02:53
6 Help Me Make It Through the Night 00:03:00
7 Shake Hands With the Devil 00:02:49
8 To Beat the Devil 00:04:43
9 Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) 00:03:34
10 Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down 00:04:46
11 Me & Bobby McGee 00:04:47

The WPLJ-FM Broadcast (recorded 1972, previously unreleased)
1 Duvalier's Dream 00:02:55
2 When I Loved Her 00:03:24
3 Jesus Was a Capricorn (Owed to John Prine) 00:02:16
4 Same Old Song 00:03:17
5 Band Introductions 00:02:23
6 Smile at Me Again 00:02:39
7 Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) 00:03:43
8 Casey's Last Ride 00:03:55
9 Billy Dee 00:02:49
10 The Law Is for the Protection of the People 00:02:26
11 Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down 00:03:01
12 Help Me Make It Through the Night 00:02:55

Live At The Philharmonic (recorded 1972/released 1992)
1 Late John Garfield Blues 00:02:52
2 Jesus Was a Capricorn 00:01:58
3 Nobody Wins 00:05:40
4 Jesse Younger 00:02:35
5 Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) 00:03:37
6 Late Again (Gettin' Over You) 00:03:39
7 Out of Mind, Out of Sight 00:03:02
8 Sugar Man 00:03:48
9 Billy Dee 00:02:38
10 The Law Is for the Protection of the People 00:02:26
11 For the Good Times 00:02:17
12 Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down 00:02:51
13 Okie from Muskogee 00:02:06
14 Border Lord 00:03:57
15 Ain't It Funny How Time Slips Away 00:02:42
16 Night Life 00:02:38
17 Me and Paul 00:02:49
18 Mountain Dew 00:02:52
19 The Pilgrim, Chapter 33 00:02:51
20 Rainbow Road 00:03:18
21 It Sure Was (Love) 00:03:36
22 Help Me 00:03:56
23 Me and Bobby McGee 00:05:32
24 Whiskey, Whiskey 00:03:48

Extras (previously released non-LP singles, outtakes and appearances)
1 Golden Idol 00:02:23
2 Killing Time (Single Version) 00:02:31
3 Hello In There (Live) 00:03:32
4 The Junkie and the Juicehead, Minus Me 00:03:24
5 Shadows of Her Mind 00:03:12
6 The Lady's Not for Sale 00:03:27
7 From the Bottle to the Bottom 00:03:00
8 The Bandits of Beverly Hills 00:02:27
9 Here Comes That Rainbow Again 00:02:55
10 The Bigger the Fool, The Harder the Fall 00:03:44
11 Help Me Make It Through the Night 00:03:50
12 Born to Love Me 00:04:22
13 Put It Off Until Tomorrow 00:02:27
14 Ping Pong 00:02:21
15 Casey's Last Ride 00:04:09
16 To Make a Long Story Short, She's Gone 00:03:07
17 How Do You Feel About Foolin' Around 00:02:48
18 Eye of the Storm 00:03:18
19 Crossing the Border 00:05:17
20 Down to Her Socks 00:02:54
21 Under the Gun 00:06:35
22 The Final Attraction 00:03:39
23 I'll Be Your Baby Tonight 00:03:08

Demos (previously unreleased)
1 Gypsy Rose and I Don't Give a Curse 00:03:07
2 I Believe That I Believe 00:02:43
3 Born to Die Alone 00:02:23
4 The Hurricane and the Helicopter 00:02:19
5 Bread for the Body (And Food for the Soul) 00:02:47
6 I Can Be Had 00:02:32
7 The Table, The Glass, The Wine 00:02:16
8 A Stitch in the Hand 00:02:22
9 File It Under Sick and Wrong 00:02:24
10 Where She Stops Nobody Knows 00:03:22
11 Lonesome Way of Dying 00:02:45
12 Good for Nothing Blues 00:02:17
13 Fallen Woman 00:02:43
14 No One's Gonna Miss Me 00:02:57
15 Hitting Close to Home 00:02:38
16 Nobody Owns My Soul 00:03:01


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