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5.0 out of 5 stars Great overview of Kenny�s music, 22 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Daytime Friends - The Very Best Of Kenny Rogers (Audio CD)
All Kenny's important British hits are here except Islands in the stream (a duet with Dolly Parton that can be found on her compilations) although Ruby don't take your love to town (a UK number two hit), Something's burning (a UK top ten hit) and Reuben James are solo re-recordings of songs that Kenny originally recorded with the First Edition. They don't sound very different from the originals.
Kenny had two number one hits in the UK (Lucille, Coward of the county) and a top twelve hit with Lady (his biggest American hit - it spent several weeks at number one). Three minor UK hits - Daytime friends, She believes in me and We've got tonight (a duet with Sheena Easton) are also included. All three fared much better in America, where Kenny had many other hits.
Of Kenny's American hits that failed to chart in Britain, the most famous is probably The gambler, which is here along with Don't fall in love with a dreamer (a duet with Kim Carnes), Till I can make it on my own (a duet with Dottie West), You decorated my life, Sweet music man (written by Kenny but covered by several major country singers including Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette and Reba McEntire) and Every time two fools collide (another duet with Dottie West).
There are many American hits missing (among them being Love lifted me, Love or something like it, Through the years, Love the world away, Love will turn you around, Scarlet fever) but Long arm of the law (first released on the Lady compilation in the early eighties) is here, together with Kenny's excellent covers of Son of Hickory Holler's tramp (O C Smith), Green green grass of home (a country hit for Porter Wagoner that later became an international pop hit for Tom Jones), Desperado (Eagles) and Abraham Martin and John (an American hit for Smokey Robinson and the Miracles but a British hit for Marvin Gaye).
There are many compilations of his music to choose from including double CD's and boxed sets, but as an introduction to Kenny's music, this is exactly what British customers want - plenty of his own hits and a few choice covers.
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