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Kenny Rogers - What About Me? (1984) [Japan 1987]

20-08-2015, 10:28
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Kenny Rogers - What About Me? (1984) [Japan 1987]

Artist: Kenny Rogers
Title Of Album: What About Me? [Japan]
Year Of Release: 1987 (1984)
Label (Catalog#): RCA/BMG Music (Japan) [R28P-1118]
Country: USA
Genre: Pop Rock, Country
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue+.log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 40:09
Full Size: 275 MB

Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine:
If Eyes That See in the Dark represented a high watermark for Kenny Rogers, getting everything about a pop crossover right, its 1984 sequel, What About Me?, pretty much gets everything wrong. First of all, losing the writing talents of the Brothers Gibb is a major blow, since they not only gave Kenny indelible singles with "Islands in the Stream" and "Buried Treasure," they gave him a strong, consistent set of songs. This, released just a year later, is a return to singles 'n' filler, which is not unheard of in either country-pop or in Rogers' catalog, and sometimes it can even make for an enjoyable listen, provided that the singles are strong enough and that the overall sound of the record is appealing. Neither is the case here. The singles are not memorable - the closest is the title track, featuring not just Kim Carnes but James Ingram in a song that doesn't quite make sense as a duet, let alone a trio - and the production, which abandons any pretense at country, is too calculatingly adult contemporary; instead of having a nice, soothing, synth-heavy feel like Eyes That See in the Dark, this sounds cold and clean, typifying the worst in mid-'80s adult contemporary. And make no mistake, this is not a country album at all - it may have charted on the country charts, but that was due to career momentum, because this is an adult contemporary album, and a bad one at that. It's a depressing comedown after the splendid Eyes That See in the Dark.


01. What About Me? (with Kim Carnes and James Ingram) (04:24)
02. The Night Goes On (04:36)
03. Dream Dancin' (04:26)
04. Two Hearts One Love (03:37)
05. I Don't Want To Know Why (with Cindy Fee) (04:06)
06. Didn't We? (03:56)
07. Somebody Took My Love (03:53)
08. Crazy (03:44)
09. The Stranger (03:47)
10. Heart To Heart (03:43)

Backing Vocals – Cindy Fee, Herb Pedersen, Ken Cetera, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Rogers II, Portia Griffin, Richard Marx, Terry Williams
Backing Vocals, Bass – Joe Chemay
Backing Vocals, Guitar – Kin Vassy
Bass – Dennis Belfield, Nathan East, Neil Stubenhaus
Drums – Ed Greene, John Robinson
Engineer – Humberto Gatica
Guitar – Billy Joe Walker, Dan Huff, Fred Tackett, Michael Landau, Paul Jackson, Jr.
Keyboards – David Foster, Jimmy Cox, John Hobbs, Randy Kerber, Tom Keane
Keyboards, Synthesizer – Erich Bulling
Mastered By – Wally Traugott
Percussion – Michael Temple, Sheila Escovedo, Steve Foreman
Producer – David Foster, Kenny Rogers
Saxophone – Gary Herbig
Synthesizer – Marcus Ryle

Manufactured by RVC Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
from master recordings owned or controlled by RCA Corporation

Kenny Rogers - What About Me? (1984) [Japan 1987]

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Oscar7   User offline   20 August 2015 19:28

Thanks very much!

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