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Duets
     

Duets

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by Kenny Rogers
 

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This was such a natural album for Kenny Rogers, a compilation culled from four different sources, but it works very well. The Top Five 1980 hit with Kim Carnes, her biggest chart song a year before "Bette Davis Eyes" would take the world by storm, and the number one country hit, Top Ten smash with Sheena Easton

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This was such a natural album for Kenny Rogers, a compilation culled from four different sources, but it works very well. The Top Five 1980 hit with Kim Carnes, her biggest chart song a year before "Bette Davis Eyes" would take the world by storm, and the number one country hit, Top Ten smash with Sheena Easton, the remake of Bob Seger's "We've Got Tonight," each open a side of this album, sides which are followed by Dottie West and Rogers performing eight more tunes. Fans of Kenny Rogers will love this despite the fact that the production style and sound of the West/Rogers material is dramatically different from what David Foster put on "We've Got Tonight" and what Rogers and Larry Butler poured over in "Don't Fall in Love With a Dreamer." Rogers and West's 1981 Top 15 hit together, "What Are We Doin' in Love," is missing in action, strange as that seems, but the pair is definitely having fun with this format and the other titles they explore here, songs taken from two different Dottie West LPs: 1978's Every Time Two Fools Collide and 1979's Classics. Both singers sound like the master Ray Charles on the chorus of the Buck Owens-penned "Together Again," copying Charles from his 1966 hit. They don't do the same with "All I Ever Need Is You," though, abandoning Sonny & Cher's stylings for their own. West might start off a little like Cher, but when the tune gets into gear it is pure Dottie West, while Rogers' personality doesn't need Sonny Bono's comedy; Rogers' sincerity does the trick very nicely on what was a huge country hit for the duo. Larry Butler provides competent backing tracks for the two stars to have an enjoyable time, and they do. Hearing a different rendition of "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" or David Gates' "Baby I'm a Want You" is entertaining -- it's just too bad they couldn't have gotten B.J. Thomas or the Bread vocalist to come to the party that was the original sessions. Producer Larry Butler co-wrote "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" with Chips Moman, and both men produced B.J. Thomas, so Rogers meeting West was a perfect opportunity to bring this nugget back. "'Til I Can Make It on My Own" and "That's the Way It Could Have Been" are both touching Tammy Wynette numbers, respectful versions by friends of the songwriter. Dottie West, Sheena Easton, Kim Carnes, and Kenny Rogers put a lot into the vocal performances, and that's what truly lifts this album to a special place, no matter when and where it was all recorded. It's also a clever way to slide the material from West's catalog over to Rogers'.

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Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Emi Special Products
UPC:
0077774659529
catalogNumber:
46595

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Duets 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wish I were allowed to write a page or two about . . .probably the greatest duo in coun- try music. Two masters of self expression teamed up in perfect blend --Kenny Rogers & Dottie West. Here we have Kenny's brilliance in singing ANY song, blended with Superstar Dottie West, singing romantic exchanges that will knock your socks off. Kenny could easily have taken the reins and let his voice dominate each song - but being the confident master he is . . . he tones down his superb voice, letting Dottie do her thing as they play cat and mouse. Kenny selected a partner with a voice equal in stature to his own -- and the end result is this blend of two mast ers at work - enjoying every second of it! Most of these tunes are Kenny & Dottie but Kim Carnes and Shenna Easton can hold their own with one of the great masters of song an storytelling. K&D play ''cat and mouse'' so much in their songs that it's difficult to figure out who is the cat and who is the mouse. So often in ''duo'', one singer tries to steal the show. Not here. A superb blend of two masters toying with each other. Of the 20,000 songs I have on my mind, I rate this duo a 10 --and for all the years since this duo first came out . . . nothing has changed. They are still the best I've ever heard. Dottie often crosses my mind as will remembering that haunting,troub- led and BEAUTIFUL voice. This is the ''I was raised on country sunshine'' girl that knows exactly how to reach a man's heart