42 Ultimate Hits

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Kenny Rogers has amassed his fair share of hits -- enough, in fact, to fill two CDs with more than three decades of chart history. It all begins with his 1968 breakout as lead singer in the First Edition, "Just Dropped In To See What Condition My Condition Was In," the Mickey Newbury–penned tune that is a bit of a send-up of the whole psychedelic era, both in terms of the consciously pseudo-hip lyrics and the Beatlesque touches of backwards guitars. The First Edition, which was soon billed as Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, did go on to make some good records, and this collection gives them ample play: "Reuben James," Mel Tillis's sardonic "Ruby Don't Take Your Love ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Kenny Rogers has amassed his fair share of hits -- enough, in fact, to fill two CDs with more than three decades of chart history. It all begins with his 1968 breakout as lead singer in the First Edition, "Just Dropped In To See What Condition My Condition Was In," the Mickey Newbury–penned tune that is a bit of a send-up of the whole psychedelic era, both in terms of the consciously pseudo-hip lyrics and the Beatlesque touches of backwards guitars. The First Edition, which was soon billed as Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, did go on to make some good records, and this collection gives them ample play: "Reuben James," Mel Tillis's sardonic "Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town," and the intense stomper "Something's Burning" all have their merits and messages. After launching his solo career, Rogers became one of the top-selling country artists of all time, then branched out into pop before ultimately returning to country again, always successful no matter the style. His meal tickets are strong story-songs, such as the venerable "The Gambler" and "Coward of the County," and poignant love songs on the order of Lionel Richie's "Lady" and the gentle rocker "She Believes In Me." He also scored big with several powerful duets that pair him with Dottie West including "All I Need Is You", Kim Carnes, Sheena Easton, Dolly Parton the Gibb brothers' fanciful "Islands in the Stream", Alison Krauss the haunting pop-country entreaty, "Buy Me a Rose", and Ronnie Milsap "Make No Mistake, She's Mine". Throughout his career, Kenny Rogers has struck a big chord with the public, and that note continues to resonate on this action-packed collection.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Kenny Rogers compilations tend to drift in and out of print, yet in a sense it doesn't matter much, because most featured most of the big hits. However, very few contained them all and, as of 2004, the only collection in print that contained all his big hits, from the First Edition through the mid-'80s, was 1999's four-disc box set Through the Years, which was too exhaustive for all but dedicated Rogers fans. So, there was a need for a new, relatively concise collection that featured all the hits; hence Capitol's 42 Ultimate Hits, a double-disc set that spans Kenny's entire career, from the First Edition to two new tracks, including a duet with Whitney Duncan. There's not much missing -- a few First Edition singles, along with several post-Eyes That See in the Dark hits that weren't all that memorable, neither of which are missed -- and it could even be argued that it stretches a little bit too far into the present on its second disc, which loses its momentum halfway through. Nevertheless, these are minor complaints, since the bulk of the collection provides Kenny Rogers' biggest songs -- among them "Just Dropped In To See What Condition My Condition Was In," "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town," "Lucille," "Every Time Two Fools Collide," "The Gambler," "Coward of the County," "You Decorated My Life," "Lady," "Love Will Turn You Around," and "Islands in the Stream" -- in a chronological order and a listenable sequence. It may fall a little short of definitive, but it's still the best compilation on the market as of this writing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2004
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724359879420
  • Catalog Number: 98794
  • Sales rank: 2,947

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)
  2. 2 Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town
  3. 3 Reuben James
  4. 4 Something's Burning
  5. 5 Tell It All, Brother
  6. 6 Love Lifted Me
  7. 7 Lucille
  8. 8 Daytime Friends
  9. 9 Sweet Music Man
  10. 10 Every Time Two Fools Collide
  11. 11 Love Or Something Like It
  12. 12 Anyone Who Isn't Me Tonight
  13. 13 The Gambler
  14. 14 All I Ever Need Is You
  15. 15 She Believes In Me
  16. 16 Til I Can Make It On My Own
  17. 17 You Decorated My Life
  18. 18 Coward Of The County
  19. 19 Don't fall In Love With A Dreamer
  20. 20 Love The World Away
  21. 21 Lady
Disc 2
  1. 1 What Are We Doin' In Love
  2. 2 I Don't Need You
  3. 3 Share Your Love With Me
  4. 4 Blaze Of Glory
  5. 5 Through The Years
  6. 6 Love Will Turn You Around
  7. 7 A Love Song
  8. 8 We've Got Tonight
  9. 9 Scarlet Fever
  10. 10 Islands In The Stream
  11. 11 Buried Treasure
  12. 12 Crazy
  13. 13 Morning Desire
  14. 14 Make No Mistake, She's Mine
  15. 15 Twenty Years Ago
  16. 16 The Vows Go Unbroken
  17. 17 The Greatest
  18. 18 Buy Me A Rose
  19. 19 It's A Beautiful Life
  20. 20 My World Is Over
  21. 21 We're All The Same
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kenny Rogers Primary Artist
Matt Rollings Piano
Glen Duncan Fiddle
Joe Chemay Percussion, Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers Drums
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Vicki Hampton Background Vocals
Yvonne Hodges Background Vocals
John Kelton Bass
Sean Locke Vocals
Brent Mason Guitar
Matthew McCauley Conductor
Chris McHugh Drums
Wendy Moten Background Vocals
Bobby Ogdin Keyboards
Billy Panda Acoustic Guitar
Chuck Tilley Drums
Chris Willis Background Vocals
Spencer Campbell Bass
Kenny Roberts Vocals
Dwaine Rowe Keyboards
Van Thanh Nguyen Vocals
Phil Vassar Piano, Background Vocals
Robert Bailey Jr. Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac Electric Guitar
Jeff Smith Guitar
Steven Delopoulos Vocals
Mike Durham Guitar
Jenai Vocals
Ilya Toshinsky Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Bill Miller Vocals
John Howard Bass
Cameron Court Vocals
Sanaz Kiani Vocals
Lydia Salnikova Keyboards, Vocals
Whitney Duncan Track Performer
Technical Credits
Mac Davis Composer
Lee Greenwood Composer
Mickey Newbury Composer
Mel Tillis Composer
Tammy Wynette Composer
Kim Carnes Composer
Jimmy Holiday Composer
Dave Loggins Composer
Lionel Richie Composer
Howard Smith Composer
Mike Post Composer
Robin Gibb Composer
Eric Kaz Composer
Billy Edd Wheeler Composer
Barry Gibb Composer
Gary Burr Composer
Joe Chemay Producer, Engineer
Steve Gibb Composer
Bob Morrison Composer
Kieran Kane Composer
Charlie Black Composer
Roger Bowling Composer
Steve Dorff Composer
Dave Ellingson Composer
Maurice Gibb Composer
Steve Glassmeyer Composer
Randy Goodrum Composer
Gary Gray Engineer
John Guess Producer
Debbie Hupp Composer
Larry Keith Composer
Casey Kelly Composer
John Kelton Engineer
Kenny Rogers Composer
Brent Maher Composer, Producer, Engineer
David Malloy Composer
Deadric Malone Composer
Richard Marx Composer
Matthew McCauley String Arrangements
Danny Morrison Composer
Brian Nash Composer
Wood Newton Composer
Michael Noble Composer
Marty Panzer Composer
George Richey Composer
Bob Seger Composer
Billy Sherrill Composer
Johnny Slate Composer
Keith Stegall Producer
Even Stevens Composer
Thom Schuyler Composer
Michael Spriggs Composer
Jeffrey M. Tweel Composer
Eddie Reeves Composer
Mike Dekle Composer
Ben Peters Composer
Kenny Roberts Producer
Granger Beem Engineer
Bernard Boudreau Cover Photo
Jim Collins Composer
John Dyes Composer
Matt Andrews Engineer
Hal Bynum Composer
Preston Ross Composer
Don Schlitz Composer
Nancy Henderson Liner Notes
Alfred Braggs Composer
Julie Didler Composer
Barry Etris Composer
Dan Tyler Composer
Phil Vassar Composer, Producer
J. Wilson Composer
Erick Jaskowiak Engineer
Scott Kidd Engineer
Alex Harvey Composer
Matt Rovey Engineer
Joanna Carter Art Direction
Jim Funk Composer
Erik Hickenlooper Composer
Whitney Duncan Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
Rick Christian Composer
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