For a musician who's had a string of hits on the country, adult contemporary, and pop singles charts for decades, it seems as though it wouldn't be too difficult to put together a really solid Best of Kenny Rogers. To be fair, anything after the mid-'80s isn't truly essential, and the compilers chose not to place any of the Kenny Rogers & the First Edition tracks here; however, that still leaves a decade's worth of choice material, affording plenty of great songs ("Daytime Friends," "Love Will Turn You Around," "Anyone Who Isn't Me Tonight," etc.) that could've fit in and made this the definitive full-length Kenny Rogers compilation. Instead, this budget-line collection sits next to a long line of similar collections that also missed the mark by offering up the same meager ten-track selection. It's a shame, because what Rogers' catalog needs the most is an excellent overview with in-depth liner notes that spans more than the skimpy 37 minutes offered here. That said, "Lady" and "The Gambler" and "Lucille" and "We've Got Tonight" and "Coward of the County" are here and sounding great.
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