Kris Kristofferson

My Songs

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A good rule of thumb in judging Kris Kristofferson compilations (of which there are quite a few) is whether they include the six songs for which he is best known: "Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "For the Good Times," "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," "Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)," and "Why Me," each of which was a major hit on the country or pop charts, either as a cover or by Kristofferson himself. My Songs, a compilation licensed by budget label Pair Records in 1984, shortly after the (temporary) demise of Monument Records, for which Kristofferson recorded from 1970 to 1981, contains five of those six crucial songs, missing only "Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)." It also contains two songs that were chart entries for Kristofferson and his wife Rita Coolidge -- "Rain" and "Lover Please" -- and two more songs -- "Nobody Wins" and "Stranger" -- that were country hits for others. The remaining seven tracks are random selections from Kristofferson's Monument albums, among them the outlaw country favorite "If You Don't Like Hank Williams" (also recorded by Hank Williams, Jr.) and Kristofferson's 1976 re-recording of his 1967 debut single "The Golden Idol." The result is an adequate sampling of Kristofferson's work in a no-frills package. The original vinyl version of the album was, like all of Pair's albums, not as much of a bargain as it claimed to be, since the "double play" tag on the double-LP set belied the running time of less than an hour. The single CD version is not, as the cover proclaims, a "double play compact disc equivalent to two albums," but it is a better deal than the double LP.

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