Chart Peak: #43
Weeks Charted: 22
Originally released before Kristofferson's recording success, the LP has been repackaged and reserviced and with what many consider the definitive versions of his own "Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "For the Good Times," "Sunday Morning Comin' Down" could become one of the more successful of his albums.
- Billboard, 1971.
"Me and Bobby McGee" is only the beginning -- this former Rhodes scholar is deft and common as any songwriter in Nashville, though he's better off keeping it personal with a heartbreak song like "For the Good Times" than justifying his scruffy appearance with penny-ante satire like "Blame It on the Stones." But he's the worst singer I've ever heard. It's not that he's off key -- he has no relation to key. He also has no phrasing, no dynamics, no energy, no authority, no dramatic ability, and no control of the top two-thirds of his six-note range. Recommended to demo-collectors. [Later on Columbia as Me and Bobby McGee.] C
- Robert Christgau, Christgau's Record Guide, 1981.
- Jim Worbois, The All-Music Guide to Rock, 1995.
In the late 60s and early 70s, Kris Kristofferson's adult, reality-based songs were the most shocking thing to hit Nashville in a long time, and what's more, they were hits. This album contains his own versions of some of the best, including the title song, "Help Me Make It through the Night," and "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down."
- William Ruhlmann, The All-Music Guide to Rock, 1995.
This is a bitchin' alt-country, must-have debut by one of the outlaw genre's most important songwriters whose eloquent lyrics and heartfelt performances helped Nashville make it through the night and reach into the modern era. Swooning over his smoky voice and sexy arrangements, diehards declare tunes like "Me and Bobby McGee" and hangover song "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" to be great poetry that changed the genre. * * * *
- Zagat Survey Music Guide - 1,000 Top Albums of All Time, 2003.
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