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Through the Years: A Retrospective

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Kenny Rogers 12/6/1999

Review

Through the Years: A Retrospective doesn't take its duties lightly -- it truly does attempt to present a full portrait of Kenny Rogers, from struggling musician to bona fide superstar. Helpfully, it breaks down his career into four easily digestible discs, containing 20 tracks each. The first disc is dubbed "The Vintage Years" and it doesn't just feature songs from the First Edition -- it contains revelatory material from his early groups the Scholars, the Bobby Doyle Three, and the Kirby Stone Four. The second disc is what most casual fans will treasure -- an entire disc devoted to "The Number One Hits." The third disc rounds up various singles, album tracks, and duets Rogers recorded during his late-'70s and early-'80s peak. Which, of course, leaves the fourth disc like any other final disc in a box set -- a collection of highlights from the years when the artist faded away from the spotlight. Certainly, this results in a thorough and accurate overview of his career, but that doesn't mean it's entirely listenable. Yes, hardcore fans and collectors will be interested in the first disc, but for many listeners, only the First Edition tracks will be noteworthy. Similarly, the final disc is extraneous for most tastes, leaving this little more than a very good two-disc summary of Rogers' hitmaking years. Naturally, single- and double-disc retrospectives of the hits are available elsewhere, for less money and without two extra discs, and that's what most fans will want. Nevertheless, anyone wanting a thorough summary of Rogers' entire career can't go wrong with Through the Years. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 The Poor Little Doggie Kenny Rogers 2:18
  3. 2 Beloved Kenny Rogers 2:1
  4. 3 That Crazy Feeling Kenny Rogers 2:13
  5. 4 We'll Always Have Each Other Kenny Rogers 2:17
  6. 5 For You Alone Kenny Rogers 2:34
  7. 6 I've Got a Lot to Learn Kenny Rogers 2:22
  8. 7 Jolé Blon Kenny Rogers 1:52
  9. 8 Lonely Kenny Rogers 2:39
  10. 9 Don't Feel Rained On Kenny Rogers 2:4
  11. 10 Fly Me to the Moon Kenny Rogers 2:36
  12. 11 My Mammy Kenny Rogers 2:15
  13. 12 Here's That Rainy Day Kenny Rogers 2:22
  14. 13 Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) Kenny Rogers 3:18
  15. 14 But You Know I Love You Kenny Rogers 3:0
  16. 15 Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town Kenny Rogers 2:54
  17. 16 Reuben James Kenny Rogers 2:44
  18. 17 Something's Burning Kenny Rogers 3:54
  19. 18 Tell It All Brother Kenny Rogers 3:19
  20. 19 Someone Who Cares Kenny Rogers 2:33
  21. 20 Today I Started Loving You Again Kenny Rogers 3:4
  22. 1 Lucille Kenny Rogers 3:36
  23. 2 Daytime Friends Kenny Rogers 3:8
  24. 3 Love or Something Like It Kenny Rogers 2:50
  25. 4 The Gambler Kenny Rogers 3:28
  26. 5 Every Time Two Fools Collide Kenny Rogers 2:58
  27. 6 She Believes in Me Kenny Rogers 4:9
  28. 7 You Decorated My Life Kenny Rogers 3:37
  29. 8 Coward of the County Kenny Rogers 4:19
  30. 9 All I Ever Need Is You Kenny Rogers 3:2
  31. 10 Lady Kenny Rogers 3:50
  32. 11 What Are We Doin' in Love? Dottie West 2:59
  33. 12 I Don't Need You Kenny Rogers 3:26
  34. 13 Love Will Turn You Around Kenny Rogers 3:35
  35. 14 We've Got Tonight Kenny Rogers 3:48
  36. 15 Islands in the Stream Dolly Parton 4:7
  37. 16 Crazy Kenny Rogers 3:39
  38. 17 Real Love Dolly Parton 3:44
  39. 18 Morning Desire Kenny Rogers 4:6
  40. 19 Tomb of the Unknown Love Kenny Rogers 3:58
  41. 20 Make No Mistake, She's Mine Kenny Rogers 3:54
  42. 1 Love Lifted Me Kenny Rogers 3:41
  43. 2 Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got) Kenny Rogers 2:48
  44. 3 While the Feeling's Good Kenny Rogers 3:58
  45. 4 Sweet Music Man Kenny Rogers 4:15
  46. 5 Anyone Who Isn't Me Tonight Kenny Rogers 2:19
  47. 6 'Til I Can Make It on My Own Kenny Rogers 3:16
  48. 7 Don't Fall in Love With a Dreamer Kim Carnes 3:38
  49. 8 Love the World Away Kenny Rogers 3:9
  50. 9 Share Your Love With Me Kenny Rogers 3:16
  51. 10 Blaze of Glory Kenny Rogers 2:36
  52. 11 Through the Years Kenny Rogers 4:40
  53. 12 Love Song Kenny Rogers 3:13
  54. 13 All My Life Kenny Rogers 3:51
  55. 14 Scarlet Fever Kenny Rogers 3:54
  56. 15 You Were a Good Friend Kenny Rogers 3:51
  57. 16 Buried Treasure Kenny Rogers 4:6
  58. 17 The Greatest Gift of All Kenny Rogers 3:41
  59. 18 Together Again Kenny Rogers 2:51
  60. 19 What About Me? Kenny Rogers 4:19
  61. 20 Eyes That See in the Dark Kenny Rogers 3:38
  62. 1 This Woman Kenny Rogers 3:54
  63. 2 Evening Star Kenny Rogers 3:35
  64. 3 Twentieth Century Fool Kenny Rogers 3:40
  65. 4 Love Is What We Make It Kenny Rogers 3:22
  66. 5 Twenty Years Ago Kenny Rogers 3:42
  67. 6 They Don't Make Them Like They Used To Kenny Rogers 4:27
  68. 7 The Pride Is Back Kenny Rogers 2:47
  69. 8 Goodbye Marie Kenny Rogers 2:41
  70. 9 I Prefer the Moonlight Kenny Rogers 5:5
  71. 10 The Factory Kenny Rogers 3:20
  72. 11 When You Put Your Heart in It Kenny Rogers 3:49
  73. 12 Planet Texas Kenny Rogers 4:47
  74. 13 If I Ever Fall in Love Again Kenny Rogers 3:32
  75. 14 The Vows Go Unbroken (Always True to You) Kenny Rogers 3:27
  76. 15 Maybe Kenny Rogers 3:26
  77. 16 Love Is Strange Kenny Rogers 3:26
  78. 17 If You Want to Find Love Kenny Rogers 3:5
  79. 18 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You Kenny Rogers 4:45
  80. 19 Unforgettable Kenny Rogers 3:20
  81. 20 Write Your Name (Across My Heart) Kenny Rogers 3:31

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