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Pop - Released November 2, 2018 | Suite 102

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Ambiance - Released September 21, 2018 | CMCapNash (N91)

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Recorded at his commercial peak, Rogers' Christmas features both contemporary material ("Kentucky Homemade," "Kids") and more traditional fare ("White Christmas," "O Holy Night"); while recommended for fans, casual listeners are advised to seek out other country holiday LPs instead. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Country - Released November 2, 2018 | Madacy Special Products

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Pop - Released November 2, 2018 | Madacy Special Products

These 20 Kenny Rogers tracks provide only adequate representation of the singer's greatest hits. Unfortunately, these are re-recorded versions that should be avoided. If you're looking for the original chart-toppers like "She Believes in Me," "Through the Years," and "You Decorated My Life," your best bet is 20 Greatest Hits on EMI America. ~ Al Campbell
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Ambiance - Released September 21, 2018 | CMCapNash (N91)

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Recorded at his commercial peak, Rogers' Christmas features both contemporary material ("Kentucky Homemade," "Kids") and more traditional fare ("White Christmas," "O Holy Night"); while recommended for fans, casual listeners are advised to seek out other country holiday LPs instead. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Country - Released August 30, 1983 | EMI Music Nashville (ERN)

This is a masterpiece of a pop recording from Kenny Rogers. It is clear that Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, and co-producers Karl Richardson and Albhy Galuten remembered Rogers' pop roots with the First Edition and, despite the country twang of "Buried Treasure," the slick musicianship and modulation are not your typical country & western. There are four tracks written by Barry and Maurice and five more by Barry, Maurice, and brother Robin Gibb, including the stunning number one hit from September 1983, "Islands in the Stream." It hit number one across the board on adult contemporary, country, and the Top 40, and deservedly so -- the melody is infectious, impeccable, and perfectly recorded. Keep in mind this was five years after they created Frankie Valli's biggest-selling solo record, "Grease" -- the pairing of Dolly Parton with Rogers makes for an amazing vocal sound to carry the melody. "Living With You" features the Bee Gees -- it is Rogers fronting the Bee Gees, and why they didn't seek out more artists, new as well as established, to work their magic on is a pity. It's a lush setting for the country superstar, and as Barbara Streisand and Dionne Warwick enjoyed success thanks to this creative team, Eyes That See in the Dark stands as an important piece of the Rogers catalog and a really timeless recording. The Gatlin Brothers add their magic to "Evening Star" and "Buried Treasure," and these elements bring the Barry Gibb/Richardson/Galuten thousand-tracks production down to earth. "Evening Star" doesn't have the complexities of Samantha Sang's "Emotion," the producers being very careful to keep it simple, something they just weren't doing on all their other records. There are only ten tracks on Eyes That See in the Dark, Jimmie Haskell's strings the major instrument next to Rogers' sympathetic vocal performance. "Midsummer Nights" is co-authored by Barry Gibb and Galuten, making Barry the catalyst and driving force, as he is the only person with a hand in every tune. "Midsummer Nights" brings things back up after "Hold Me," and it is more adult contemporary than country. It would have made a great single but, as it was, the opening track, "This Woman," went Top 25 in early 1984, and by the end of that year Rogers would post his 27th Top 40 hit, ending a string started 16 years earlier in 1968. It isn't clear why they didn't, but the pretty Barry and Maurice Gibb tune "I Will Always Love You" (not to be confused with Parton's hit of the same name) and the title track certainly should have found some chart action as well. Eyes That See in the Dark is not the definitive Kenny Rogers album but, outside of greatest-hits packages, it is absolutely one of his most consistent and one of his best. ~ Joe Viglione
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Country - Released March 13, 2015 | ZYX Music

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Country - Released January 29, 2013 | Intersound

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Country - Released July 22, 2008 | eOne Music

Despite his best efforts, Kenny Rogers spent almost all of the '90s hitless. Toward the end of the decade, he formed his own label, Dreamcatcher, and began to spend more time constructing his albums, starting with the adult contemporary Across My Heart. Its follow-up, She Rides Wild Horses, continues in the same direction, albeit with a slightly stronger country influence than before. There aren't any of the All-4-One cameos that cluttered Across My Heart, and the song selection, while still a bit uneven, is stronger -- enough to give the impression that She Rides Wild Horses is some sort of a comeback. And in a way, it is. It's been a while since Rogers has delivered an album with as many appealing songs as he does here -- "The Kind of Fool Love Makes," "Love Don't Live Here Anymore," "Let It Be Me," "The Greatest," the title song -- and the sound of the record is smoothly pleasurable, even if it can get a little bland. That doesn't mean it will be a hit -- after all, this is basically a return to his hitmaking sound of the early '80s -- but for fans awaiting an album that harks back to his classic period, this will be welcome. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Country - Released May 13, 1978 | Capitol Nashville

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Pop - Released June 26, 2015 | Chrome & Nickel

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Pop - Released November 16, 2018 | Suite 102

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Ambiance - Released January 1, 1981 | CMCapNash (N91)

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Country - Released September 20, 1979 | EMI Music Nashville (ERN)

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Country - Released May 2, 2012 | Dance Plant Records Inc

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Pop - Released December 11, 2015 | Country Hit Music Records

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Pop - Released June 26, 2015 | Chrome & Nickel

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Country - Released September 22, 2009 | CW Music - EMG

Country - Released June 6, 2016 | Westmill

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Country - Released May 4, 2010 | Three Kids Music

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This Madacy budget compilation includes 12 standards performed by country/pop vocalist Kenny Rogers. While his versions of such classics as "Stardust," "My Funny Valentine" and "I Only Have Eyes for You" are pleasant, those seeking a budget compilation of his chart-toppers of the '70s should pick up Ten Years of Gold on EMI-Capitol Special Markets. ~ Al Campbell