Kenny Rogers, The Best Of Kenny Rogers (1979)
It’s also known as The Singles Collection – but to me this is The Best Of Kenny Rogers. And it’s special not just for that brilliant kit Ken is decked out in on the cover – but because my dad had this on cassette tape and round and round it would go on car trips. Partly it would drive us mad – and the syrupy ballads were always too much. But partly it was brilliant; Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town is harrowing – but awesome. The Gambler, obviously it’s played-out now, completely, but in the 1980s, growing up, this thing was awesome. I’m really not sure why. It just was. So many of these songs straddle awful/brilliant: Daytime Friends, Lucille, Love Lifted Me. I don’t know – if I hadn’t grown up with them I’d probably just hate them. I do love She Believes In Me though – a soppy gem. And of course the early First Edition stuff is great (Just Dropped In To See What Condition My Condition Was In). I went to a Kenny Rogers concert once – and it played out just like this compilation did/does: alternately kinda superb and kinda awful/embarrassing. Like so many things in life, as long as you’re sure you’re in on the joke it’s okay to laugh, otherwise you just look/sound crazy.
Sample Track: Reuben James
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