Editors’ Notes The foundation of Kris Kristofferson’s reputation as a songwriter is comprised of material from his first two albums, which fills up the first disc of this collection. During that time he injected an audaciously erudite sensibility into the candid, small-town storytelling of country music. Even now, it’s hard not to be stunned by the craft of “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night” and “Me and Bobby McGee.” In contrast, the second disc spans an astonishing 14 years, and while it may be less consistent, it's more fun. In addition to essential tracks like “Border Lord,” “Why Me” and “Nobody Wins,” the disc includes several high quality works that slipped through the cracks, among them “The Bigger the Fool, the Harder the Fall,” “Shandy” and “Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends.” Due to licensing disagreements, there are no selections from Kristofferson’s two brilliant “comeback” albums 1995’s A Moment of Forever and 2003’s This Old Road. Nonetheless, The Essential Kris Kristofferson forms a lasting portrait of a songwriter whose art was connected yet deeply separated from the ‘60s generation of singer-songwriters.

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Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
1
4:30
 
To Beat the Devil
2
4:42
 
Just the Other Side of Nowhere
3
3:36
 
Me and Bobby McGee
4
4:20
 
The Best of All Possible Worlds
5
2:59
 
Casey's Last Ride
6
3:35
 
Help Me Make It Through the Night
7
2:22
 
Darby's Castle
8
3:17
 
Jody and the Kid
9
3:05
 
Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)
10
3:46
 
For the Good Times
11
3:22
 
Come Sundown
12
2:36
 
From the Bottle to the Bottom
13
2:58
 
Billy Dee
14
2:58
 
Breakdown (A Long Way from Home)
15
2:42
 
The Silver Tongued Devil and I
16
4:16
 
The Taker
17
3:14
 
The Pilgrim: Chapter 33
18
3:16
 
Border Lord
1
3:36
 
The Sabre and the Rose
2
5:14
 
Broken Freedom Song
3
5:24
 
Jesus Was a Capricorn (Owed to John Prine)
4
2:27
 
Shandy (The Perfect Disguise)
5
3:39
 
Sugar Man
6
4:00
 
The Last Time
7
4:11
 
Nobody Wins
8
3:06
 
I'd Rather Be Sorry
9
3:10
 
Highwayman
10
3:03
 
Don't Cuss the Fiddle
11
3:24
 
The Bigger the Fool, the Harder the Fall
12
3:31
 
Stranger
13
3:08
 
If You Don't Like Hank Williams
14
3:29
 
Here Comes That Rainbow Again
15
2:53
 
Once More With Feeling
16
2:50
 
How Do You Feel About Foolin' Around
17
2:45
 
Why Me
18
3:28
 
Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends
19
2:37
 

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