- An outstanding pressing of this Kristofferson Classic: Triple Plus (A+++) on side one, Double Plus (A++) on side two
- Both sides are big and spacious with a huge three-dimensional soundfield and correct tonality in the midrange
- We were struck by how much these songs have in common with those by writers such as Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan
- 5 stars: “Kristofferson retained his gift for intimate love songs, and the album’s most memorable selections turned out to be “Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)” (which became a semi-standard) and “When I Loved Her.”
We’ve been really digging the early Kristofferson albums around these parts lately. The first album is an absolute classic, not a bad song on there, and this one (his second) ranks right up there with it. Obviously the man became a huge country star, but going back and listening to his earliest material now we were struck by how much it shares in common with guys like Leonard Cohen and even Bob Dylan.
What to Listen For (WTLF)
This copy has the kind of sound we look for in a ’70s Singer Songwriter album. A few qualities to listen for:
Immediacy in the vocals (so many copies are veiled and distant);
Natural tonal balance (most copies are at least slightly brighter or darker than ideal; ones with the right balance are the exception, not the rule);
Good solid weight (so the bass sounds full and powerful);
Spaciousness (the best copies have wonderful studio ambience and space);
And last but not least, transparency, the quality of being able to see into the studio, where there is plenty of musical information to be revealed in this simple but sophisticated recording.
The Silver Tongued Devil and I
Jody and the Kid
Good Christian Soldier
Breakdown (A Long Way From Home)
Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)
When I Loved Her
The Pilgrim – Chapter 33
Epitaph (Black and Blue)
AMG 5 Star Rave Review
Typically for a second album, Kristofferson reached back into his catalog, presenting his own treatments of “Jody and the Kid” and “The Taker,” which had been hits for Roy Drusky and Waylon Jennings, respectively. In his newly written material, Kristofferson continued to examine the lives of society’s outcasts…
Kristofferson retained his gift for intimate love songs, and the album’s most memorable selections turned out to be “Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)” (which became a semi-standard) and “When I Loved Her.”
On its way to becoming a gold record, The Silver Tongued Devil and I reached the pop Top 20, Kristofferson’s career high on that chart, and the country Top Five; thus, Kristofferson made the transition from being a successful songwriter to a successful recording artist.