Walk away from trouble if you can: The best of Kenny Rogers

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“During his time with UA (later taken over by Liberty) he topped the country and pop album charts for a grand total of 90 weeks and sold more records than anyone in country music,” Wiki reports in its po-faced manner. “In 1983 his status as one of the world’s top stars (of any musical genre) was confirmed when RCA signed him for an advance sum of US $20 million, for six albums.” In retrospect an absurd idea, a precursor to Janet Jackson and R.E.M.’s own deals a decade later: an excuse to vaporize The Industry. Yet I — we — forget how massive Kenny Rogers was in the early Reagan era. I made my peace with him today.

1. Lucille
2. The Gambler
3. Dirty Work (with The First Edition)
4. Islands in the Stream (with Dolly Parton)
5. Coward of the County
6. Every Time Two Fools Collide (with Dottie West)
7. We’ve Got Tonight (with Sheena Easton
8. Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town
9. Eyes That See in the Dark
10. Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)
11. Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer
12. Tell It All Brother (with The First Edition)
13. What’s Wrong with Us Today (with Dottie West)
14. This Woman
15. Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)

2 thoughts on “Walk away from trouble if you can: The best of Kenny Rogers

    1. Jukebox

      I knowthat album is too gloom for these times. But, man, scream therapy aside, isn’t it the first post punk album ever made? I mean, FOR SURE Ian Curtis was listening.


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