August 30, 1982 12:00 PM

Kenny Rogers

It’s clear this album comes from superduperstar territory; it includes a little catalog from “Special Friends of Kenny Rogers” (a/k/a an outfit called Make Sales Co., Inc.) offering for purchase such items as a Kenny Rogers belt buckle, a “Gambler Key Chain” and a “Sweet Music Man Night Shirt.” There are also two different posters of KR—for $5 apiece—and a $30 “Blaze of Glory” tour jacket. The music itself will probably strike Rogers fans as a bigger bargain, although the LP doesn’t have the same verve and inventiveness as last year’s Share Your Love. (The Commodores’ Lionel Richie, who produced that package, had nothing to do with this one, though his wife, Brenda, is listed as a “production assistant.”) There’s Love Will Turn You Around, the over-bouncy, if catchy,’ theme from Rogers’ first feature film, Six Pack; a nice ballad called A Love Song, written by Lee Greenwood; and a traditionally bitter country tune, Fightin’ Fire With Fire. There’s also the slightly sappy I Want a Son (recorded before Christopher Cody, now 8 months, was born). As one of five producers, Rogers’ strength is in his vocal arrangements, which are compact and complement his sometimes whispery tenor; Joey Scarbury’s and Herb Pedersen’s backup vocals on A Love Song and The Fool in Me are particularly helpful.

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