Kenny Rogers: Eyes That See In The Dark (USA Pressing) CD Track Listing
Eyes That See In The Dark (USA Pressing) (1983)
Eyes That See In The Dark (USA Pressing)\n\nOriginally Released 1983\nCD Edition Released ??\n\nAMG EXPERT REVIEW: This is a masterpiece of a pop recording from Kenny Rogers. It is clear that Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, and co-producers Karl Richardson and Albhy Galuten remembered Rogers' pop roots with the First Edition and, despite the country twang of "Buried Treasure," the slick musicianship and modulation are not your typical country & western. There are four tracks written by Barry and Maurice and five more by Barry, Maurice, and brother Robin Gibb, including the stunning number one hit from September 1983, "Islands in the Stream." It hit number one across the board on adult contemporary, country, and the Top 40, and deservedly so -- the melody is infectious, impeccable, and perfectly recorded. Keep in mind this was five years after they created Frankie Valli's biggest-selling solo record, "Grease" -- the pairing of Dolly Parton with Rogers makes for an amazing vocal sound to carry the melody. "Living With You" features the Bee Gees -- it is Rogers fronting the Bee Gees, and why they didn't seek out more artists, new as well as established, to work their magic on is a pity. It's a lush setting for the country superstar, and as Barbara Streisand and Dionne Warwick enjoyed success thanks to this creative team, Eyes That See in the Dark stands as an important piece of the Rogers catalog and a really timeless recording. The Gatlin Brothers add their magic to "Evening Star" and Buried Treasure," and these elements bring the Barry Gibb/Richardson/Galuten thousand-tracks production down to earth. "Evening Star" doesn't have the complexities of Samantha Sang's "Emotion," the producers being very careful to keep it simple, something they just weren't doing on all their other records. There are only ten tracks on Eyes That See in the Dark, Jimmie Haskell's strings the major instrument next to Rogers' sympathetic vocal performance. "Midsummer Nights" is co-authored by Barry Gibb and Galuten, making Barry the catalyst and driving force, as he is the only person with a hand in every tune. "Midsummer Nights" brings things back up after "Hold Me," and it is more adult contemporary than country. It would have made a great single but, as it was, the opening track, "This Woman," went Top 25 in early 1984, and by the end of that year Rogers would post his 27th Top 40 hit, ending a string started 16 years earlier in 1968. It isn't clear why they didn't, but the pretty Barry and Maurice Gibb tune "I Will Always Love You" (not to be confused with Parton's hit of the same name) and the title track certainly should have found some chart action as well. Eyes That See in the Dark is not the definitive Kenny Rogers album but, outside of greatest-hits packages, it is absolutely one of his most consistent and one of his best. -- Joe Viglione\n\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nKenny Rogers continues with the classics, September 30, 2004\nReviewer: R. Spencer "Rob" (London, England)\nIn 1983, Kenny Rogers had already had a successfull hit album with "We've got tonight", but straight after recording that he switched record labels to RCA and almost instantly put out this set, which quickly overshadowed the "We've got tonight" album (on Liberty records) halfway through the promotion. \nI was only three years old when this album was released, yet I do remember having it bought for me by my parents as, even at that young age, I was a huge Kenny Rogers fan, as I still am today. \n\nAs several reviwers have already pointed out "Islands in the stream" (a duet with Dolly Parton) is the most populr song here, being one of the biggest hit songs for both artists (UK top 10, US number 1). It is by all means a wonderfull love song by any standards but I wouldn't say it was Rogers best by a long shot, or even the best track on this album. \nAs a kid my favourite song on this album was "Buried Treasure" not to be confused with the song "Buried treasures" Rogers recorded in the 1970s). As I get older I can see all the Bee Gee-isms in this song (they wrote it, as they did with all this albums material) but it is still pure Kenny Rogers. \nMy Mum used to play this album in the car when she used to pick my Dad up from work (In my lifetime I have owed three copies - LP, Tape and now the CD) along with most of Rogers others and I can remember singing along to "Evening star" and what could be better than driving with the windows down in a car, the cool air breezing by in the summer listening to "Mid-Summer Nights", especially when the lyrics are about making a journey to a better life :-) \n\nThis album is mostly love songs such as, "You and I", "Islands in the stream", "Midsummer nights" and "I will always love you" (not to be confused with Dolly Partons own song, that was later covered by Whitney Houston, Vince Gill and others including Rogers himself for his 1997 "Love Songs" album). Infact every track on this album is a love song. \n\nAs mentioned before this album was Kenny's first for RCA in a multi-album deal that put many millions into his pocket, it was a smash hit album and contained hit singles and got good reviews (even if some country critics were knocking Rogers pop influence). \n\nFacts and figures aside however, this is a wonderful collection of songs. Full credit to The Bee Gees for the vast majority of production and song wrighting, but also full credit to Kenny Rogers, his voice, talent and charisma make this album just as much as The Bee Gees did.\n\n\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nCountry music with a touch of the Bee Gees, April 21, 2004\nReviewer: andy8047 (Nokomis,Florida)\nI bought an LP copy of this album in 1983,the year of its release. Unfortunately,due to a not-too-great sales record,this album is no longer made in the USA despite the huge popularity of both Kenny Rogers and the Bee Gees. There are used CD copies available for purchase in compact disc stores that sell used CD's and through this website. This album is one of a series of Bee Gees productions. Aside from this album,the same year it was released,the Bee Gees put out 5 original songs for the STAYING ALIVE movie soundtrack. Now for the songs:THIS WOMAN was written by Barry Gibb and Alphy Galuten(Galuten was a longtime co-producer of the Bee Gees). The song tells about a beautiful shapely female. YOU & I is a beautiful love ballad written by Barry and his brothers,fraternal twins Robin and the late Maurice. BURIED TREASURE features the Gatlin Brothers and was also written by all three Bee Gees. ISLANDS IN THE STREAM,the most famous of all,is a duet between Rogers and Dolly Parton. The Bee Gees themselves later recorded the song for their ONE NIGHT ONLY concert and in the studio for THEIR GREATEST HITS-THE RECORD. The song to this day is the RCA label's most popular(this album is Rogers' debut on the label). All 3 Bee Gees provide background vocals on LIVING WITH YOU(Barry participates on every song on this album). EVENING STAR features the Gatlin Brothers again. HOLD ME is an easy listening piece featuring Barry's guitar,a piano and a string orchestra. MIDSUMMER NIGHTS is pretty cool. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU is another beautiful easy listening love ballad(not to be confused with Parton's composition recorded by Parton herself and later by Whitney Houston). Then there's the title track with Barry's immediately noticed guitar. Like Barbra Streisand's GUILTY album and Dionne Warwick's HEARTBREAKER album,Barry Gibb has worked on this album with the same people,some of them who never participated in any of the Bee Gees' recordings. Some of them are a female trio called 'Magic'. They are heard on I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU. The trio also worked on GUILTY(the album). And of course,like on some of the Bee Gees' albums,The Boneroo Horns are heard on ISLANDS IN THE STREAM. On the back cover is a photo of Kenny,Dolly and Barry,in that very order from left to right. Just several months before the release of this album,Kenny released his last one on the Liberty label. That one has the hit,WE'VE GOT TONIGHT,a duet with Sheena Easton and written by Bob Seger(Seger himself recorded the song in or around '78).\n\n\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nKenny and Bee Gees deliver outstanding album, September 21, 2003\nReviewer: P D Harris "Pete the music and horse racing fan" (Leicester England)\nKenny's albums have been many and varied in style, reflecting the widely varying styles of music that influenced him. He has worked in jazz, folk and country but this album is pop music at its finest, albeit with country influences. The album was produced by the Bee Gees whose own musical pedigree is also varied, from their folk-pop records of the sixties to their disco music of the seventies and all the diverse sounds they have created since.\nThis is an almost relentlessly up-tempo album, Seven of the ten tracks are up-tempo with just two ballads (You and I, Hold me) and one mid-tempo song (I will always love you). All the songs are originals and were written by the Bee Gees. The appearance of Dolly Parton on Islands in the stream tempts you to think that I will always love you is a cover of her song - it isn't, though Kenny has recorded that song too.\n\nThe album begins with This woman, one of the seven up-tempo songs. It sets the tone of the album. Islands in the stream is, of course, the most famous track on the album. My favorite track of all is actually Evening star (and it always was, even before any singles were released from the album, which I originally bought immediately upon its release on vinyl in 1983), but the other up-tempo songs - Buried treasure, Living with you, Midsummer nights and Eyes that see in the dark - are all brilliant. The Bee Gees provide backup harmonies, more prominent on some tracks than others. Larry Gatlin also puts in a guest appearance.\n\nFor a long time, this was my favorite album of all. I wore out my vinyl copy and was glad to upgrade to CD I still regard it as one of the finest albums ever recorded.\n\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nRogers Profits From The Gibb Brothers Writing, May 16, 2003\nReviewer: Martin A Hogan "Marty From SF" (San Francisco, CA.)\nFinally rereleased, this album is arguably Rogers best studio album and critically his peak. Producing three singles, "Islands In The Stream" is the biggest C/W single in history - written originally as an R&B song! Every song soars with Barry Gibb providing much needed backup singing. The Gatlin Brothers enthusiastically join in on "Buried Treasure" and the Bee Gees sing back on the only odd song selection, "Living With You". However, the rest of the tracks are some of Rogers best to this date, "Evening Star" representing a high point. Probably only temporarily available, it would be wise to purchase this CD now. It's a landmark album.\n\n\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nBeautiful songs for a great voice - Bee Gees writes country!, January 14, 2003\nReviewer: Charlotte (Denmark (Europe))\nThe Gibb Brothers songs and the great voice of countrysinger Kenny Rogers is a good match. As a Bee Gees fan in the beginning I was most fond of songs with the typical Bee Gees sound as This Woman, Eyes that see in the Dark etc, but after a few listenings I found myself singing Buried Treasures and Evening Star - country style songs - with pleasure. I did'nt like country music before this album, but now I love it - when The Gibb Brothers makes it! I love all the songs. I also of course have to mention Islands in the Stream - the duet with Dolly Parton. I have read, that it is the best selling country song ever. You would understand why when you listen to the song! A super CD!!!\n\n\nHalf.com Details \nContributing artists: Dolly Parton \n\nAlbum Notes\nThe 1983 album from American country and pop vocalist Kenny Rogers, EYES THAT SEE IN THE DARK includes the number-one Dolly Parton duet "Islands In the Stream" and "You and I."
This country cd contains 10 tracks and runs 40min 1sec.
Tags: music songs tracks country Country
- Kenny Rogers - This Woman (03:58)
- Kenny Rogers - You And I (04:37)
- Kenny Rogers - Buried Treasure (04:12)
- Kenny Rogers - Islands In The Stream (04:10)
- Kenny Rogers - Living With You (03:10)
- Kenny Rogers - Evening Star (03:40)
- Kenny Rogers - Hold Me (04:15)
- Kenny Rogers - Midsummer Nights (03:50)
- Kenny Rogers - I Will Always Love You (04:22)
- Kenny Rogers - Eyes That See In The Dark (03:40)