Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends: The Publishing Demos, 1968-72

Kris Kristofferson

This nostalgic compilation is more than just an aural experience. For true fans of KK, the personal photos, lyrics and stories included in the sleeve-notes are delicious, offering a deep insight into his early years and musings. The true musical nerd can read while listening, track by track, for a true “Avatar”-ish, sensory experience. But of course the voice is why we truly love Kristofferson, and the early tracks have all the broken, honey-gravel growling his followers know and love. “Me and Bobby McGee” is still considered one of the great country music songs — and other tracks included here (“Slow Down,” “Smile At Me Again”) are just as real and touching.