The Gambler + Kenny
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- The third package contains Kenny’s fifth and sixth United Artists albums, from 1978 and 1979. “The Gambler” sold five million copies in the US alone and features the # 1 hit title song as well as UK hit “She Believes In Me”. It was also the Country Music Association’s 1979 “Album Of The Year”, while Kenny was voted Male Vocalist of 1979.
- The “Kenny” album sold three million copies in the US and reached # 7 in the UK album chart. It features “You Decorated My Life” and Kenny’s biggest worldwide hit “Coward Of The County”, a huge # 1 hit in both the UK and US.
- Both albums were produced by Larry Butler (Johnny Cash, Crystal Gayle, Don McLean) with the cream of Nashville’s session musicians, as well as Elvis Presley’s backing singers The Jordanaires. Both albums have been unavailable for many years. The booklet is fully annotated by Country Music People contributor Tony Rounce.
|| ||The Gambler |
|| ||I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again |
|| ||King Of Oak Street |
|| ||Making Music For Money |
|| ||The Hoodooin' Of Miss Fannie Deberry |
|| ||She Believes In Me |
|| ||Tennessee Bottle |
|| ||Sleep Tight, Goodnight Man|
|| ||A Little More Like Me (The Crucifixion) |
|| ||San Francisco Mabel Joy|
|| ||Morgana Jones |
|| ||You Turn The Light On |
|| ||You Decorated My Life |
|| ||She's A Mystery |
|| ||Goodbye Marie|
|| ||Tulsa Turnaround |
|| ||I Want To Make You Smile |
|| ||Santiago Midnight Moonlight |
|| ||One Man's Woman |
|| ||In And Out Of Your Heart |
|| ||Old Folks |
|| ||Coward Of The County |
Birmingham Sunday Mercury
Kenny Rogers, who celebrated his 70th birthday last year, was born in Houston, Texas and was a member of both the Kirby Stone Four and the New Christy Minstrels before forming the First Edition, in 1968.
With this line-up he first hit the American charts with Just Dropped In and a year later, made his debut in the UK charts with Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town. Now you can enjoy his first six solo albums again.
Released across three CDs, it’s a timely reminder of Kenny’s country-rooted pop and contains some surprises, too.
The first CD package combines two LPs from 1976, the first of which, Love Lifted Me, has never been issued in Britain in any form before.
It includes a re-make of Marvin Gaye’s Abraham, Martin and John, while the other LP – titled simply Kenny Rogers – features the chart-topping Lucille as well as covers of The Green Green Grass Of Home and The Son Of Hickory Holler’s Tramp.
The second set boasts Daytime Friends, which features the title song plus a cover of Eagles hit Desperado. It’s paired with Love Or Something Like It, containing the US hit title track and a new version of Momma’s Waiting – a song first recorded with the First Edition.
On the third package we have The Gambler, which includes the hit title track plus that lovely ballad She Believes In Me. It’s partnered with the Kenny album, another huge seller in the USA and featuring his biggest worldwide hit Coward Of The Country.
Elvis Presley’s old vocal backing group The Jordanaires are well featured on most of these albums.