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The Austin sessions
Kristofferson, Kris.
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Publication Information:
New York : Atlantic Recording Corporation, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 audio disc (48 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.
Me and Bobby McGee (with Jackson Browne) -- Sunday morning coming down (with Steve Earle) -- For the good times (with Matraca Berg) -- The silver tongued devil and I -- Help me make it through the night (with Vince Gill) -- Loving her was easier (than anything I'll ever do again) (with Marc Cohn) -- To beat the Devil -- Who's to bless and who's to blame -- Why me? (with Vince Gill & Alison Krauss) -- Nobody wins (with Catie Curtis) -- The pilgrim: Chapter 33 -- Please don't tell me how the story ends (with Mark Knopfler).
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Music CD


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For the follow-up to Moment of Forever, his first set of new original songs in years, Kris Kristofferson decided to record a set of stripped-down new versions of his classic songs. This project, released on Atlantic Records and entitled The Austin Sessions, was a star-studded affair, featuring harmony vocals from Jackson Browne, Steve Earle, Matraca Berg, Vince Gill, Marc Cohn, Alison Krauss, Catie Curtis, and Mark Knopfler. In one sense, it's easy to question why Kristofferson needed to record these songs again, since much of his catalog seems to consist of reinterpretations of these songs, but taken on its own terms, it's a good listen. In a way, Kristofferson's voice -- which never had too much range, even at its peak -- sounds better now that its older; the ragged edges and wear give it more character, which lend character to the songs. Ultimately, The Austin Sessions isn't a major addition to his catalog, but there's enough warmth and personality to these recordings to make it worth a listen for longtime fans. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine