20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kenny Rogers [2004]

20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kenny Rogers [2004]

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There certainly has been no shortage of Kenny Rogers compilations over the years -- some might even say there's been a surplus -- all covering essentially the same territory, mixing up his solo hits from the late '70s and early '80s with cuts from the late '60s when he fronted the First Edition. Hip-O's 2004 collection 20th

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There certainly has been no shortage of Kenny Rogers compilations over the years -- some might even say there's been a surplus -- all covering essentially the same territory, mixing up his solo hits from the late '70s and early '80s with cuts from the late '60s when he fronted the First Edition. Hip-O's 2004 collection 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection uses that same approach, but it's better than nearly all of the collections currently on the market since it contains nearly all the big hits -- "Lady," "She Believes in Me," "You Decorated My Life," "The Gambler," "Lucille," "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town," "Ruben James," "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Is In)" -- on an affordable single disc. Yes, the 1991 track "Crazy in Love" may be an odd opener even if it was a number one adult contemporary hit, key duets like "Don't Fall in Love With a Dreamer" and "Islands in the Stream" aren't here, "Coward of the County" is missed, and some may complain about the reverse chronological order of the set, but compared to all CD-era Kenny compilations outside of the 1999 four-disc box set Through the Years, this shines in terms of song selection and listenability, and upon its release was the best available single-disc Kenny Rogers compilation.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/2007
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0602517081826
catalogNumber:
000780302

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Rogers   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Mac Davis   Composer
Mickey Newbury   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
Larry Cansler   String Arrangements
Lionel Richie   Composer
Mike Post   Arranger,Producer
Steve Gibb   Composer
Bob Morrison   Composer
Jimmy Bowen   Producer
Roger Bowling   Composer
Larry Butler   Producer
Glen D. Hardin   Arranger,Producer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
Debbie Hupp   Composer
Kenny Rogers   Arranger,Producer
Randy McCormick   Composer
Even Stevens   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Dana Smart   Producer
Hal Bynum   Composer
Don Schlitz   Composer
Barry Etris   Composer
Pat Lawrence   Producer
Robin Schwartz   Licensing
Alex Harvey   Composer
Michele Horie   Art Manager

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20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kenny Rogers 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Given the length and breadth of Rogers' career, it's impossible to provide even a basic introduction in only 12 tracks. This collection is a mere taste of Rogers’ musical successes, drawn from across a career that spanned early hits with The First Edition, breakout solo signatures like "Lucille" and "The Gambler," and latter-day successes such as the early 90s chart-topper, "Crazy in Love." Hip-O, a division of Universal Music, has pulled together tracks recorded originally for MCA, Capitol Nashville, and Reprise, representing a broad sweep of Rogers’ work. ¶ Oddly, the album presents the tracks in reverse chronological order, starting with "Crazy in Love," progressing through Rogers’ solo hits, and finishing with the early chart successes of The First Edition. What's here is great - especially less radio-familiar tunes like "Tell it All Brother" and "Ruben James.” The neo-psychedelia of "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" is a real kick, mixing the druggy production sounds of late-60s San Francisco with the chipper singing of The New Christy Minstrels. ¶ Those who like this dozen tracks will quickly want to find songs like "Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer," "Coward of the County," "Islands in the Stream" and many more. As a budget priced entry, this is a quick and inexpensive way to pick up some of Rogers’ greatest hits, but it's bound to leave you wanting more. ¶ 3-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings.