Many of the songs on the album were already hits when covered by other artists. In spite of this, the album was initially a commercial disappointment, although it managed to reach #10 on the country album charts.
It was re-released under the title Me & Bobby McGee in 1971 immediately following the success of Janis Joplin's cover of that song and the success of Kris Kristofferson's second album, The Silver Tongued Devil and I. It became a hit upon re-release. In 2001, the album was re-released on CD with four bonus tracks.