16 CD box set brings together 11 studio albums, recorded in the years spanning 1970 through to 1981, and an impressive five CDs of rarities, including complete unreleased concert recordings, non-LP singles, studio outtakes, and previously unreleased demos. In addition to this wealth of music the packaging includes 'facsimile sleeves' said to accurate reproduce original album artwork (expectations should be managed as far as this goes) and the box set includes a deluxe booklet featuring essays and liner notes penned especially for this anthology including words by Monument Records founder Fred Foster, American writer Mikal Gilmore and Don Was. Sony. 2016.
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Just in time for the legend's 80th birthday, we have a new 16-disc box set of Kris Kristofferson's classic Monument and Columbia Records material. Is this release important in the grand scheme of music? I'm not sure... is water essential to life? Kristofferson, who is currently recovering from a mistreated case of Lyme Disease, was documented during a Rolling Stone interview as using a copy sent to him to jog his failing memory of his life's work. If this set were never released to the public, that achievement alone would make it immensely important. The reality that you and I can get our hands on a copy, just as easily as the originator of the music no less, is an absolute blessing. Concerning this release, I'll spare you a lengthy diatribe about the material itself -- if you're at all interested in dropping 100 big ones on a box set of Kristofferson, you obviously have already made up your mind about his music. If not, there is a menagerie of more well-informed...
I've been listening to Kristofferson's music since the 1960's, when music was sold as vinyl record albums. I bought many of those at the time, but missed a few, and had no luck in finding them (or even being sure which ones I didn't have). I often wished, over the years, that "someone" would preserve all that poetry set to music on CDs. Now that CDs are considered obsolete by the current "young" generation of music streamers (and I prefer to purchase music collections that I can see and actually hold in my hands) I was happy to learn that the music gods had finally chosen to do just that. I am currently about halfway through listening to the set of CDs. The music sounds as great as I remember the records sounding; the poetry just as compelling. (I'm sure the CDs sound better, clearer, different than the sixties vinyl technology, but since I don't have a stereo to play the vinyl on I can't compare.) There is no problem with any CDs I have listened to, so...
Comprehensive Kristofferson collection includes many extras, including live sets, rarities and an entire album of lost songs never heard of before. Pretty amazing, and confirmation of the man's status as one of our greatest living songwriters.
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