Kenny

Kenny

by Kenny Rogers
     
 

Kenny arrived two years after his last eponymous album Kenny Rogers and those were eventful years for Rogers. During that time, he became a major star, largely due to his version of "The Gambler," a song by Don Schlitz that Kenny turned into his own on his 1978 album of the same name (although it has to be said that Rogers' version bears a startlingSee more details below

Overview

Kenny arrived two years after his last eponymous album Kenny Rogers and those were eventful years for Rogers. During that time, he became a major star, largely due to his version of "The Gambler," a song by Don Schlitz that Kenny turned into his own on his 1978 album of the same name (although it has to be said that Rogers' version bears a startling similarity to Bobby Bare's version released that very year). Kenny was the follow-up to The Gambler and it's clear from how the album glistens and shimmers, Kenny was intended to be a consolidation of his crossover success. Actually, it could even be seen as the album where Rogers leaps from his self-created pigeonhole as a country singer -- a distinction that always seemed a bit like a commercial necessity by Kenny, as it was the easiest market for him to conquer in the mid-'70s -- and became a middle of the road pop star, a move aided considerably by this album's lovely smash hit "You Decorated My Life." Apart from the "Gambler"-esque "Coward of the County," there aren't many flat-out country tunes here, and even that tune is a bit cartoonishly country in both its story and arrangement. The rest of the album is heavy on grandiose ballads like "I Want to Make You Smile" and splashy showpieces like "Tulsa Turnaround," which blasts and blares like a Vegas showstopper. That's not the only tune that feels a bit campy: "Santiago Midnight Moonlight" is a breezy beach tune that cribs from Jimmy Buffett and "In and Out of Your Heart" pulsates with a TV-show disco beat, while "Old Folks" -- whose electric piano recalls Billy Joel -- lays on the schmaltz pretty heavily. Of course, the appeal of Kenny is that it is a schmaltzy, shameless album, perhaps the most schmaltzy and shameless of Rogers' career, but what's endearing about it is that he had yet to sink into the formless adult contemporary that turned his albums after Eyes That See in the Dark into snooze-fests, yet he had sharpened and broadened his tastes from his too-soft and sleepy early country albums, making Kenny the almost perfect mid-point between his first pop hits and his complacent latter-day ones.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/1994
Label:
Razor & Tie
UPC:
0793018204125
catalogNumber:
82041

Tracks

  1. You Turn the Light On  - Kenny Rogers
  2. You Decorated My Life  - Kenny Rogers
  3. She's a Mystery  - Kenny Rogers
  4. Goodbye Marie  - Kenny Rogers
  5. Tulsa Turnaround  - Kenny Rogers
  6. I Want to Make You Smile  - Kenny Rogers
  7. Santiago Midnight Moonlight  - Kenny Rogers
  8. One Man's Woman  - Kenny Rogers
  9. In and out of Your Heart  - Kenny Rogers
  10. Old Folks  - Kenny Rogers
  11. Coward of the County  - Kenny Rogers

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Rogers   Primary Artist,Vocals
Donna McElroy   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tommy Allsup   Guitar
Bobby Wood   Piano,Keyboards
Buzz Cason   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lea Jane Berinati   Vocals,Background Vocals
Thomas Brannon   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jimmy Capps   Guitar
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Todd Cerney   Background Vocals
Johnny Christopher   Guitar
Charles Cochran   Keyboards
Chuck Cochran   Piano
Bobby Daniels   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Shane Keister   Piano,Keyboards
Randy Dorman   Guitar,Vocals
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Don Gant   Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Glassmeyer   Guitar,Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gene Golden   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Richard Harper   Guitar
Yvonne Hodges   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chuck Jacobs   Bass
Larry Keith   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards
Dave Kirby   Guitar
Sheldon Kurland   Strings,Group
Farrell Morris   Percussion
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano,Keyboards
Billy Sanford   Guitar
Jerry Shook   Guitar
Edgar Strubble   Synthesizer,Piano,Background Vocals,Clavinet
Bobby Thompson   Banjo
Bergen White   Vocals,Background Vocals
Reggie Young   Guitar
Bob Moore   Bass
Edgar Struble   Synthesizer,Piano,Background Vocals,Clavinet
Arp   Synthesizer,Clavinet
Joe Osborn   Bass
David Briggs   Piano

Technical Credits

Paul Cotton   Composer
Bill Justis   String Arrangements
Dennis Linde   Composer
Edge   Composer
Bono   Composer
Larry Butler   Producer,Remixing
Steve Glassmeyer   Composer
Harold Lee   Engineer
Billy Sherrill   Engineer
Edgar Strubble   String Arrangements
Kevin Gray   Contributor
Mike Ragogna   Contributor
Edgar Struble   String Arrangements
Bill Burks   Art Direction
Willard Robison   Composer
L. Anderson   Composer
Sean Geyer   Composer

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