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12 songs

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Gambler
  2. Lady
  3. Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer
  4. Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town
  5. She Believes In Me
  6. Coward Of The County
  7. Lucille
  8. You Decorated My Life
  9. Reuben James
  10. Love The World Away
  11. Everytime Two Fools Collide
  12. Long Arm Of The Law


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Liberty Records
  • ASIN: B000002U86
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,364 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The early 1980s was a strange musical time period. As a child, I didn't really know that pop and country were distinct genres because the local radio station played songs of both types all the time. My favorite singers around 1981 were Stevie Wonder and Kenny Rogers - weird, huh? Kenny Rogers was huge back then, though. Lucille, Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town, Coward of the County, Long Arm of the Law - these are great cross-over hits that made Kenny Rogers a star. Then there was The Gambler, a song so popular and enjoyable that it spawned a TV movie (as did Coward of the County). The kicker, though, was the song Lady (a song written and produced by Lionel Richie); I had a teacher who would melt at the very thought of this song, and I myself, a lad barely past the "cooties" stage of growing up, pretended to woo the young ladies with my own rendition of the song (in the utter privacy of my room, of course).
As an adult, I have an even greater appreciation of the songs included on this album. She Believes in Me is one of those rare ballads that speaks directly to your heart; it's a great tribute to all the women who put up with all of us men who don't deserve their love. A man doesn't want to admit he needs anything or anybody, but the love and trust of a good woman means much more than most men would ever admit. Just ask the husband of Lucille, who finds himself trying to raise four children by himself after his wife picks "a fine time to leave" him. You Decorated My Life is a beautiful homage to the miraculous life-giving power of love, and Love the World Away works the same kind of wonders. Lady, of course, is one of the greatest love songs ever recorded.
Story songs were one of Kenny Rogers' greatest strengths.
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This is the Kenny's Greatest Hits your Mama had on 8-Track. I think it sold like 7 million copies. It's got the best selection of songs from his late 70s / early 80s heyday. The only shortfall of this recording is the fidelity. Not much of an improvement over the 8-track. Always a favorite party CD. Pick this one up first and then go for one of the Kenny and th First Edition collections.
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This has got to be one of my favorite greatest hits albums from Kenny Rogers! I remember back when I was 4 years old and my uncle bought this album when it was actually on record. This was my first experience with listening to Kenny. My uncle just bought it to see if he liked him or not. But I was hooked from day one! When I got my first cassette player a few years later, this album was the very first cassette I got! And then eventually I bought the album again on CD! This is a must for any Kenny Rogers fan and for those just finding out who Kenny Rogers is! Not to mention this album has sold over 22 million copies world wide! It sold over 12 million in this country alone! And has earned Kenny his first and only Diamond Award for selling over 10 million of any one album!
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In 1980 Kenny (Rogers) wanted to do a soul album and was hoping to get some famous R&B groups to back him up. One night between shows, Bob Smith - the Riviera's stage manager - came to the dressing room and told me that Lionel Richie and The Commodores were downstairs and wanted to see Kenny. I brought them up and they told Kenny they were his biggest fans. Lionel had written a song for Kenny and wanted to play it for him. Kenny said he'd love to hear it and Lionel walked over to the piano. It was a magical moment. The song was "Lady" and the rest is history. "Lady" was on Kenny's Greatest Hits without having been on any other album. This set a precedent in country music which everyone has since copied. -- Garth Shaw
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This compilation was originally released to capitalize on the monumental success of Lady, which spent several weeks at number one in the American pop charts. That song, which was also a sizeable British hit that nearly made the top ten, never appeared on any of Kenny's original albums so anybody who wanted Lady had to choose between this compilation or the single. Not that anybody really minded because we were due another compilation of Kenny's music anyway since the previous compilation had been released and a lot had happened in that time.

Apart from Lady, this album featured one other new song, Long arm of the law, which is actually a fun song about a relationship. Unlike most of the other tracks here, which turn up frequently on compilations of Kenny's music, some more so than others, this one only turns up occasionally. Of the other tracks, Love the world away, which was a huge American hit for Kenny, first appeared on album on the Urban cowboy soundtrack. Like Lady and Long arm of the law, it never appeared on an original Kenny Rogers album. Every time two fools collide, a duet with Dottie West, was the title track to one of their duet albums.

Two songs that were originally successful for Kenny as lead singer of the First Edition (Ruby don't take your love to tow, Reuben James) are included here, but they aren't the original versions. They are among five re-recordings that Kenny did especially for his earlier American compilation, Ten years of gold, which was later repackaged with extra tracks for the British market and re-titled Singles. If you want the originals, you have to buy a First Edition compilation (unless you buy the 4-CD boxed set of Kenny`s music, which as far as I know is the only compilation featuring both First Edition and solo tracks).
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