Surreal Thing (Remaster) Kris Kristofferson

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Album Veröffentlichung:
1976

HRA-Veröffentlichung:
31.05.2016

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  • 1You Show Me Yours (And I'll Show You Mine)03:38
  • 2Killing Time03:43
  • 3The Prisoner04:25
  • 4Eddie the Eunuch02:56
  • 5It's Never Gonna Be the Same Again03:54
  • 6I Got a Life of My Own03:34
  • 7The Stranger I Love04:10
  • 8The Golden Idol03:05
  • 9Bad Love Story03:31
  • 10If You Don't Like Hank Williams03:29
  • Total Runtime36:25

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Surreal Thing is the seventh solo album by Kris Kristofferson, released in 1976 on Monument Records. 'Killing Time' and 'The Golden Idol' are re-recordings of songs that were originally released as a single in 1967.

„The fall-off in the quality of Kris Kristofferson's albums after his initial success is sometimes ascribed to his moonlighting as a film actor, dividing his time and attention between two careers. A better reason is probably a country music-style recording contract that called for him to turn in an album a year consisting of his own all-new compositions, a pace that did not allow him enough time to write songs of the caliber of the standards he produced in the late 1960s and early '70s. 1976's Surreal Thing, his seventh album since 1970 (not counting two duet LPs with his wife, Rita Coolidge), is a good case in point. It was released only eight months after its predecessor, 1975's Who's to Bless and Who's to Blame, and while Kristofferson had come up with a few good songs in the interim, he simply didn't have ten new keepers. As a result, he reached back nine years and re-cut both sides of the long-lost single he had made for Epic Records in 1967, 'The Golden Idol' and 'Killing Time,' songs written in a more verbose style than his current one. 'The Golden Idol' sounded heavily influenced by Bob Dylan's mid-'60s poetic approach, while 'Killing Time' was a put-down of unimaginative average people. Its tone of criticism was picked up in two new songs, both of which lashed out at Kristofferson's detractors. 'Eddie the Eunuch' was his portrait of a rock & roll critic who attacked his subjects ''cause he wasn't Jackson Browne,' and 'If You Don't Like Hank Williams' was a roll call of the artist's favorite rock and country artists that criticized people who lacked his broad taste (and who, by implication, wanted to categorize him as either rock or country). When he wasn't venting his spleen, the songwriter brought in a couple of good country ballads, 'It's Never Gonna Be the Same Again' and 'Bad Love Story,' though his more philosophical efforts, such as 'I Got a Life of My Own,' for which he adopted a Gospel sound complete with a choral backing, were ponderous and seemed underwritten. Not helping the spotty quality of the songwriting were arrangements and performances that sometimes seemed like run-throughs and, particularly, Kristofferson's rough vocals, which were often inept. Surreal Thing sounded like an album made by a man who was rushed, both as a songwriter and as a performer. Though it rose into the country Top Ten, it barely made the pop charts, and with the single 'It's Never Gonna Be the Same Again' a flop, it quickly disappeared.“ (William Ruhlmann, AMG)

Kris Kristofferson, vocals, guitar, 12 string guitar
Rita Coolidge, vocals
Gary Busey, vocals
Clydie King, vocals

Billy Swan, bass, vocals
Jack Skinner, vocals
Byron Berline, vocals
Sammy Creason, drums
Jerry McGee, guitar, vocals
Terry Paul, vocals
Herb Pedersen, vocals
Mike Utley, synthesizer, vocals
Allan Wald, vocals
Leland Sklar, bass
Sherlie Matthews, vocals

Produced by David Anderle

Digitally remastered


Kristoffer "Kris" Kristofferson
(born June 22, 1936) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and former soldier. He is known for writing and recording such hits as "Me and Bobby McGee", "For the Good Times", "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" and "Help Me Make It Through the Night". Kristofferson is the sole writer of most of his songs, and he has collaborated with various other figures of the Nashville scene such as Shel Silverstein. In 1985, Kristofferson joined fellow country artists Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash in forming the country music supergroup, The Highwaymen. In 2004, Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He is also known for his acting work, including starring roles in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and A Star Is Born, the latter for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

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