"Although this album did not contain any popular hits or ever made it to the charts, it has to be my most favorite of his albums (and I have them all). To me the man is a classic poet/warrior and the turn of phrases in these songs bury themselves in your soul with simple stories of eternal emotions."
Best of the Best...and then some...!
docdonald | Tampa-FL & Kyiv-Ukraine | 06/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This has been a great album full of good music, subtle messages, and fun since 1974 wheh it first was released. I wore out a tape of this and a vinyl album...I so gald to see it on CD...! The commentaires on life and the times are....too true!"
Who'll Be There To Bring The Body Home?
Timothy P. Young | Rawlins, WY, USA | 05/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Kris Kristofferson had been hailed as the saviour of country music when he released this album in 1974. Imagine the traditionally conservative Nashville establishment's surprise when they heard this record full of anti-war songs, tales of substance abuse, and bleak morality.
"It ain't no fun to sing that song no more."
He says it himself, on the very first track.
Kristofferson used this record to explore the dark side of the human soul, while still retaining hope. The use of organ echoes nothing so much as the softer side of the Rolling Stones (think the ending of "You Can't Always Get What You Want"). The acoustic guitar is the rhythm section here, and there's very little conventional "country" about this record.
I'd like to say he's in fine voice on this record, but I can't. I will, however, say that his Jack-Daniels-and-smokes voice is incredibly expressive, especially on "Star Spangled Bummer," a cynical exploration about blindly following the leader(s).
He namechecks Jesus a number of times. This is possibly the first time in popular music that a Christian did anything other than praise Jesus in song. Don't get me wrong, he's either asking for help or telling a story. It's just so far from gospel.
The LP goes forward, goes back, wraps up...and we're unsure of where we stand. But the fact is that we know Kristofferson better after this album than ever before or since.
Words: Nightmares are somebody's daydreams Daydreams are somebody's lies Lies' ain't no harder than telling the truth Truth is the perfect disguise. --"Shandy"
Brilliant, bleak, compelling. You'll have to listen to more to find the helpful. But it's there. I wouldn't reccommend it otherwise."
A Kristofferson Sleeper
Brandon Lane | Portland Oregon USA | 04/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This record received mixed notices upon its release way back in 1974. I remember buying it as soon as it came out, and not knowing what to make of it. The songwriting, for one thing, is much more abstract than his fameous "classic" songs ("Help Me Make It Though the Night" and all the rest) that the songs seem like they could have been written by a different person. Compare "Stairway to the Bottom," which has a 1967 copyright to any of the other tracks on this album, and the difference is pretty striking.
Happily, this record has really aged well, though. I continue to listen to it even after 30 years! This record features strong (albeit abstract) songs along with first rate arrangements and musicianship from Kris's band. The sound quality on my vinyl LP is excellent, mastered by the pros at The Mastering Lab, so the CD has potential for fine sound, too."
A true Gem.
William L. Jones Jr. | memphis, tn. United States | 12/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is may all time favorite Kristofferson album and maybe my second favorite album of all time right after Townes Van Zandt "Live at The Old Quarter". It is an artistic masterpiece chocked full of broken dreams an self- destruction."