Kris Kristofferson / The Complete Monument & Columbia Albums box


We told you about this new Kris Kristofferson albums box back in March, but are pleased to be able to now fill in the blanks with full details around The Complete Monument & Columbia Albums Collection box set…

This is a massive collection of 16 CDs which brings together 11 studio albums, recorded in the years spanning 1970 through to 1981, and an impressive five CDs of rarities, including complete unreleased concert recordings, non-LP singles, studio outtakes, and previously unreleased demos.


In addition to this wealth of music the packaging includes ‘facsimile sleeves’ said to accurate reproduce original album artwork (expectations should be managed as far as this goes) and the box set includes a deluxe booklet featuring essays and liner notes penned especially for this anthology including words by Monument Records founder Fred Foster, American writer Mikal Gilmore and Don Was.

This will be issued on 10 June 2016. In the meantime check out that great Spain pre-order price!


In the box:

The Complete Monument & Columbia Album Collection

  1. Kristofferson (Monument, 1970)
  2. The Silver Tongued Devil and I (Monument, 1971)
  3. Border Lord (Monument, 1972)
  4. Jesus Was a Capricorn (Monument, 1972)
  5. Spooky Lady’s Sideshow (Monument, 1974)
  6. Breakaway—Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge (Monument, 1974)
  7. Who’s To Bless…and Who’s To Blame (Monument, 1975)
  8. Surreal Thing (Monument, 1976)
  9. Easter Island (Monument/Columbia, 1978)
  10. Shake Hands With The Devil (Monument/Columbia, 1979)
  11. To The Bone (Monument/Columbia, 1981)

Bonus CDs

  1. Live At The Big Sur Folk Festival (recorded 1970, previously unreleased)
  2. The WPLJ-FM Broadcast (recorded 1972, previously unreleased)
  3. Live At The Philharmonic (recorded 1972/released 1992)
  4. Extras (previously released non-LP singles, outtakes and appearances)
  5. Demos (previously unreleased)


Disc: 1
1. Blame It On the Stones
2. To Beat the Devil
3. Me and Bobby McGee
4. Best of All Possible Worlds
5. Help Me Make It Through the Night
6. The Law Is for Protection of the People
7. Casey’s Last Ride
8. Just the Other Side of Nowhere
9. Darby’s Castle
10. For the Good Times
11. Duvalier’s Dream
12. Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down

Disc: 2
1. The Silver Tongued Devil and I
2. Jody and the Kid
3. Billy Dee
4. Good Christian Soldier
5. Breakdown (A Long Way from Home)
6. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)
7. The Taker
8. When I Loved Her
9. The Pilgrim, Chapter 33
10. Epitaph (Black and Blue)

Disc: 3
1. Josie
2. Burden of Freedom
3. Stagger Mountain Tragedy
4. Border Lord
5. Somebody Nobody Knows
6. Little Girl Lost
7. Smokey Put the Sweat On Me
8. When She’s Wrong
9. Gettin’ By, High and Strange
10. Kiss the World Goodbye

Disc: 4
1. Jesus Was a Capricorn (Owed to John Prine)
2. Nobody Wins
3. It Sure Was (Love) – Kris Kristofferson with Rita Coolidge
4. Enough for You
5. Help Me – Kris Kristofferson with Larry Gatlin
6. Jesse Younger
7. Give It Time to Be Tender – Kris Kristofferson with Rita Coolidge
8. Out of Mind, Out of Sight
9. Sugar Man
10. Why Me

Disc: 5
1. Same Old Song
2. Broken Freedom Song
3. Shandy (The Perfect Disguise)
4. Star-Spangled Bummer (Whores Die Hard)
5. The Lights of Magdala
6. I May Smoke Too Much
7. One for the Money
8. Late Again (Gettin’ Over You)
9. Stairway to the Bottom
10. Rescue Mission
11. Smile at Me Again
12. Rock and Roll Time

Disc: 6
1. Lover Please – Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge
2. We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds – Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge
3. Dakota (The Dancing Bear) – Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge
4. What’cha Gonna Do – Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge
5. The Things I Might Have Been – Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge
6. Slow Down – Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge
7. Rain – Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge
8. Sweet Susannah – Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge
9. I’ve Got to Have You – Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge
10. I’d Rather Be Sorry – Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge
11. Crippled Crow – Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge

Disc: 7
1. The Year 2000 Minus 25
2. If It’s All the Same to You
3. Easy, Come On
4. Stallion
5. Rocket to Stardom
6. Stranger
7. Who’s to Bless and Who’s to Blame
8. Don’t Cuss the Fiddle
9. Silver (The Hunger)

Disc: 8
1. You Show Me Yours (And I’ll Show You Mine)
2. Killing Time
3. The Prisoner
4. Eddie the Eunuch
5. It’s Never Gonna Be the Same Again
6. I Got a Life of My Own
7. The Stranger I Love
8. The Golden Idol
9. Bad Love Story
10. If You Don’t Like Hank Williams

Disc: 9
1. Risky Bizness
2. How Do You Feel (About Foolin’ Around)
3. Forever In Your Love
4. The Sabre and the Rose
5. Spooky Lady’s Revenge
6. Easter Island
7. The Bigger the Fool (The Harder the Fall)
8. Lay Me Down (And Love the World Away)
9. The Fighter
10. Living Legend

Disc: 10
1. Shake Hands With the Devil
2. Prove It to You One More Time Again
3. Whiskey, Whiskey
4. Lucky In Love
5. Seadream
6. Killer Barracuda
7. Come Sundown
8. Michoacan
9. Once More with Feeling
10. Fallen Angel

Disc: 11
1. Magdalene
2. Star-Crossed
3. Blessing In Disguise
4. The Devil to Pay
5. Daddy’s Song
6. Snakebit
7. Nobody Loves Anybody Anymore
8. Maybe You Heard
9. The Last Time
10. I’ll Take Any Chance I Can with You

Disc: 12
1. If You Don’t Like Hank Williams
2. The Law Is for Protection of the People
3. Band Introduction
4. The Pilgrim, Chapter 33
5. Duvalier’s Dream
6. Help Me Make It Through the Night
7. Shake Hands With the Devil
8. To Beat the Devil
9. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)
10. Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down
11. Me & Bobby McGee

Disc: 13
1. Duvalier’s Dream
2. When I Loved Her
3. Jesus Was a Capricorn (Owed to John Prine)
4. Same Old Song
5. Band Introductions
6. Smile at Me Again
7. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)
8. Casey’s Last Ride
9. Billy Dee
10. The Law Is for the Protection of the People
11. Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down
12. Help Me Make It Through the Night

Disc: 14
1. Late John Garfield Blues
2. Jesus Was a Capricorn
3. Nobody Wins
4. Jesse Younger
5. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)
6. Late Again (Gettin’ Over You)
7. Out of Mind, Out of Sight
8. Sugar Man
9. Billy Dee
10. The Law Is for the Protection of the People
11. For the Good Times
12. Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down
13. Okie from Muskogee
14. Border Lord
15. Ain’t It Funny How Time Slips Away – Willie Nelson
16. Night Life – Willie Nelson
17. Me and Paul – Willie Nelson
18. Mountain Dew – Willie Nelson
19. The Pilgrim, Chapter 33
20. Rainbow Road
21. It Sure Was (Love) – Kris Kristofferson with Rita Coolidge
22. Help Me – Kris Kristofferson with Larry Gatlin
23. Me and Bobby McGee – Kris Kristofferson with Rita Coolidge
24. Whiskey, Whiskey – Kris Kristofferson with Rita Coolidge

Disc: 15
1. Golden Idol
2. Killing Time
3. Hello In There – Kris Kristofferson With Joan Baez
4. The Junkie and the Juicehead, Minus Me
5. Shadows of Her Mind
6. The Lady’s Not for Sale
7. From the Bottle to the Bottom
8. The Bandits of Beverly Hills
9. Here Comes That Rainbow Again
10. The Bigger the Fool, The Harder the Fall – Kris Kristofferson & Brenda Lee
11. Help Me Make It Through the Night – Kris Kristofferson & Brenda Lee
12. Born to Love Me – Kris Kristofferson & Brenda Lee
13. Put It Off Until Tomorrow – Dolly Parton & Kris Kristofferson
14. Ping Pong – Dolly Parton & Kris Kristofferson
15. Casey’s Last Ride – Kris Kristofferson with Willie Nelson
16. To Make a Long Story Short, She’s Gone – Willie Nelson & Kris Kristofferson
17. How Do You Feel About Foolin’ Around – Kris Kristofferson with Willie Nelson
18. Eye of the Storm – Kris Kristofferson with Willie Nelson
19. Crossing the Border
20. Down to Her Socks
21. Under the Gun
22. The Final Attraction
23. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight

Disc: 16
1. Gypsy Rose and I Don’t Give a Curse
2. I Believe That I Believe
3. Born to Die Alone
4. The Hurricane and the Helicopter
5. Bread for the Body (And Food for the Soul)
6. I Can Be Had
7. The Table, The Glass, The Wine
8. A Stitch in the Hand
9. File It Under Sick and Wrong
10. Where She Stops Nobody Knows
11. Lonesome Way of Dying
12. Good for Nothing Blues
13. Fallen Woman
14. No One’s Gonna Miss Me
15. Hitting Close to Home
16. Nobody Owns My Soul


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Bill Darlington

I don’t care about any white borders or the quality of the sleeves (as long as they don’t scratch the CDs). All that matters is what’s on the discs. Some of the albums here were released on CD but are now out of print and fetching stupid prices from greedy opportunists. This set is worth it for those alone. I have 5 of the albums already but it is worth buying this to get the others. (I am getting it for £40, less than the price of a single copy of ‘Border Lord’ from some sellers!)

Wayne Klein

Are these all remastered?


I can’t defend the white border, but I’d guess the point is that they “frame” the artwork (AKA: The cover).

The thing is, the cardboard sleeves in these cheap releases are pretty horrid with or without a border. Once you’ve seen (and felt) what the Japanese do, there’s no other way to describe these other than “tat”. In those 5-disc releases the print quality is so low I think they’re one step up from plain white card.

Wayne Klein

I wouldn’t say they are “horrid”. I have the Cheap Trick, Kansas and other sets and they are decent. Are they as good as the Japanese releases? No but Sony tends to use better quality materials than Rhino.

Let’s keep it into perspective as well–for the price this is a good set for a Japanese version you will be paying twice as much.

Wayne Klein

The bigger box sets for a Epic generally don’t use the same poor quality as the five CD sets.


Because those white borders are really completely useless and were not on the original sleeves. What is the use? What purpose could they possibly have? They only ruin the look.

Frenchy Eric

Just got it for 58 euros from Amazon Spain !!!
Best deal today !
This is Real Country and not todays’ garbage…
Can’t wait listening to it !

Phantom Stranger

Despite owning most of these albums, I will be purchasing this box set. I was wondering when they would offer a complete albums set for Kris.


I’d be a bit wary of this set if you’re not fully au fait with Kris’s career. His first album “Kristofferson” is a masterpiece but over the next decade, as his film career took off, the quality of his songwriting fell alarmingly. Some of the stuff he did with Rita Coolidge was just embarrassing. Saw him live in 1971 and he was unbelievably good. Saw him again in 1977, this time with Rita Coolidge, and he was a parody of his former self. I heard his attitude to his “wild” lifestyle changed after “A Star Is Born” and it didn’t improve things.
But having said that, he’s now one of the best live performers around. Who’d have thought that Kris and Willie would be longest surviving Highwaymen.

Just sayin'

Mentioned the same thing/opinion back in March (though I’d put Silver Tongued Devil in the masterpiece category also.) But it’s still nice to see him get the recognition for a big shebang like this. There’s still defintely isolated moments of greatness all the way through, and I’m betting there will be a few real “new” gems on those last two discs.


Y Viva España!

I had this ordered from Amazon UK for £65+ but thanks to you Paul I have it for £48 less a few pennies from Amazon Spain. That`s a 30% saving, once again thanks Paul.


Original album artwork? Pretty sure the original covers didn’t have white borders around them, haha.


And I’m pretty sure the originals were much bigger, haha.

But seriously, why complain about the “white borders” (yes I know it’s a running joke on the Hoffman forum…) – these are reissues (!) with a reproduction (!!) of the original cover on the front. That’s all.


Half the price of the US when I buy from Spain! Gracias!