20 Great Years

20 Great Years

by Kenny RogersKenny Rogers


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Released in 1990 (and later repackaged by Warner in 2007), 20 Great Years chronicles the years of Kenny Rogers' superstardom - roughly picking 1970 as the beginning of his superstardom, although the First Edition was active before then, and ending with the release of this comp. This might suggest that 20 Great Years is a compilation of previously released material, but it is not. Kenny had hits for Liberty (now owned by EMI) during the '70s and '80s, but this was released by Reprise, and he re-recorded such hits as "Lucille," "Lady," "The Gambler," "Coward of the County," and "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" for this collection. They're perfectly serviceable new versions, often closely adhering to the original hits, but they're not nearly as good as the originals, nor are they reinterpretations: they're passed off as the originals when they're not. Chances are, these versions won't offend casual fans who don't really care whether they have the original versions or not, but if you have a choice, get one of the many, many collections of original Kenny hits instead of this.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/2009
Label: Rhino Flashback
UPC: 0081227986278
catalogNumber: 26711

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Rogers   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Dottie West   Background Vocals
Kim Carnes   Track Performer
Randy Dorman   Guitar
Steve Glassmeyer   Piano,Background Vocals
Gene Golden   Synthesizer,Background Vocals
Carl Gorodetzky   Concert Master
Richard Harper   Guitar
Ricky Harper   Guitar
Chuck Jacobs   Bass
Nashville String Machine   Performing Ensemble
Val Valentin   Background Vocals
James Valentini   Background Vocals
Edgar Struble   Synthesizer,Conductor,Background Vocals
Lynn Hammann   Drums

Technical Credits

Bill Justis   Arranger,String Arrangements
Gene Page   Arranger,String Arrangements
Roger Bowling   Composer
Jim Ed Norman   Producer
Eric Prestidge   Producer,Engineer
Ben Peters   Composer
Edgar Struble   Arranger,String Arrangements,String Conductor
Tom Nikosey   Artwork,Cover Art
Hal Bynum   Composer
Don Schlitz   Composer

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