Album: Full Moon (Expanded Edition)
Label: Real Gone Music
Reissue date: April 14, 2017
It may be hard to believe, but this famed duets album—which went to #1 on the country charts and #26 on the pop charts and garnered a Gold Record—has never been issued on CD or digitally outside of Japan, and even there only in the late ‘90s on a limited run.
This was a love album in every sense of the word, as the two stars had just gotten married weeks prior to the record’s release in 1973; interestingly, though Kris Kristofferson, fresh from recording his country chart-topper “Why Me,” was the bigger star at the time, Full Moon really played to Rita Coolidge’s strengths, as it was produced by her long-time producer David Anderle and set its songs in a higher key more suited to her dreamy vocals. The album scored a huge hit with Kristofferson’s “A Song I’d Like to Sing,” and followed that up with a smash version of Tom Jans’ “Loving Arms;” the duo’s rendition of Kristofferson’s “From the Bottle to the Bottom” also won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.
This new Full Moon Expanded Edition not only features notes by Joe Marchese featuring quotes from Rita Coolidge herself, but also adds no less than eight unreleased tracks from the A&M vaults, two of them Kris and Rita duets.