Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge – Full Moon

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A Classic Pop Duo album finally available in Hot Stamper form! This copy has an AMAZING A++ TO A+++ SIDE ONE, and an excellent side two. Full Moon is a very well-recorded album, but the typical copy misses a lot of the magic that you hear on the better pressings. This side one gives you amazing immediacy, loads of richness and warmth, and wonderful transparency.

At Mint Minus Minus, this record is not quite as quiet as we would like. Still, if you can live with some surface noise this is an excellent chance to get Super Hot Stamper sound at a substantial discount.

We’ve been digging through some of the early Kristofferson albums here recently looking for Hot Stamper sound (keep an eye out for great copies of his first two albums) and were delighted when a copy of his first duet album with Rita Coolidge hit our table and blew us away with its lovely analog magic. We started picking them up in bulk, but of course, most of them sounded pretty mediocre. Many copies we played lacked the kind of presence and richness that brought out the best in these heartfelt songs. Others lacked transparency and never really opened up. We wen through a big stack of copies and only a handful gave us the kind of sound that really got us involved in the music.

Side One

A++ to A+++, just a half a plus shy of our top grade! Super clear and transparent with no attendant sacrifice in tubey magic, this side has nearly EVERYTHING we look for from this album. The vocals are wonderfully breathy and sweet, the bass is killer and everything is natural and musical. So good!

Side Two

A+ to A++. Very natural and warm with some nice texture and detail. Not quite up to the same level as side one, but excellent in its own right and a big step up from the typical pressing!

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Hard to Be Friends
It’s All Over (All Over Again)
I Never Had It So Good
From the Bottle to the Bottom
Take Time to Love
Tennessee Blues

Side Two

Part of Your Life
I’m Down (But I Keep Falling)
I Heard the Bluebird Sing
After the Fact
Loving Arms
A Song I’d Like to Sing

AMG 4 Star Review

Despite Kristofferson’s greater celebrity, the LP was made with Coolidge’s strengths in mind. David Anderle, its producer, was her producer, and it was released on her record label, A&M. The songs were set in her key, with Kristofferson crooning along in an unusually high register. The tempos were mostly slow, emphasizing the dreamy quality of Coolidge’s voice. And the songs were mostly covers, though there were two joint compositions by the couple, one old Kristofferson song (“From the Bottle to the Bottom,” a Top 20 country hit for Billy Walker in 1969), and one new Kristofferson tune, the Caribbean-flavored “A Song I’d Like to Sing,” which was released as the first single and became a Top 40 pop hit while also reaching the country and easy listening charts. With that, the album became a number one country hit. “From the Bottle to the Bottom” won the 1973 Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. The album’s second single, a cover of Tom Jans’ “Loving Arms,” also made the pop, country, and easy listening charts, and because it was released in the 1974 eligibility period for the Grammy Awards, it earned the couple a second nomination in the same category the following year.

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