Kris Kristofferson - Live From Austin, TX


New West Records



Product No.:
AWST 5236
UPC: 607396523610
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2

180 Gram LP

180-gram double LP reissue

"With the aging of Kris Kristofferson into a venerable icon, it's been easier to appreciate his voice as weathered, whereas the younger troubadour more often heard his vocal style dismissed as wooden. No matter — as confirmed by this 1981 taping for Austin City Limits, Kristofferson's artistry has long owed more to the emotional range, depth, and conviction of his material than to his vocal range.

"And whatever he lacks in the latter is offset by the harmonies and instrumental support from a crack band including Stephen Bruton on guitar and mandolin, 'Funky' Donnie Fritts on keyboards, and the great Billy Swan as utility man. Among the revelations are a surprisingly hard-rocking 'Me and Bobby McGee,' a rollicking arrangement of 'The Pilgrim,' and a tender 'For the Good Times.' Of the later and lesser-known fare, both 'Darby's Castle' and 'Casey's Last Ride' show Kristofferson shifting from confessional intimacy into more of a narrative mode reminiscent of John Prine, while 'Magdalene' and the hymn-like closer, 'Why Me,' extend his thematic artistry into spiritual inquiry. As is typical with the Austin series, a responsive audience coaxes a particularly spirited performance, with the artist gushing more than once that there's no place he'd rather be." —

1. Star Crossed
2. You Show Me Yours (And I'll Show You Mine) / Stranger
3. Here Comes That Rainbow Again
4. Help Me Make It Through The Night
5. Me And Bobby McGee
6. Magdalene
7. Nobody Loves Anybody Anymore
8. Darby's Castle
9. Casey's Last Ride
10. The Pilgrim
11. For The Good Times
12. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)
13. Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
14. Silver Tongued Devil
15. Smile At Me Again
16. Why Me

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