Kenny Rogers, Rod Stewart

Kenny Rogers – I Prefer The Moonlight

Ah, Kenny in the 80s. A little bit country, and a little bit Jimmy Buffett, but mostly easy listening lite FM pop. But it’s alright, that voice cures all. This was a very enjoyable record anyway. There’s a lovely duet balled with Ronnie Milsap (and written by Kim Carnes) that’s a highlight. Fun!

Rod Stewart – Out Of Order

Pretty sure I hadn’t heard this in a long while (I have the LP of this somewhere here, too), and it’s still quite good now, in 2015. There’s not really a bad song here, and I’m not just being easy on it. It had four hits, Lost In You, Forever Young, My Heart Can’t Tell You Know and Crazy About Her. The other single was Dynamite. I’ll admit trepidation about him covering Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out (which he turns, oddly, into an 80s funkfest) and Try A Little Tenderness, but they were both decent enough versions. Cool record.

Rod Stewart – Downtown Train: Selections From The Storyteller Anthology

Twelve totally classic tracks here, heaps of Rod fun listening through this. Well, except for his take on People Get Ready… I only want the original of that one, thanks. But the rest is cool. Even an updated This Old Heart Of Mine (w. Donald Isley) and his ‘take’ on Downtown Train. Wondered at covers being on a 12 track comp of his own boxed set, but then realized it hardly mattered. Left wanting more, but that’s what the boxed set is for, right? Right.


14 thoughts on “Kenny Rogers, Rod Stewart

  1. deKE says:

    I bought the OL Scott’s Out Of Order record due to the fact that he had Andy Taylor on there playing guitar! Now Andy Taylor yup the x dude from Duran Duran stuck out a great unheard gem called Thunder in 87 so when I heard he was doing sumthin with Rod I thought shit ..I may actually hear some guitar on Rods Record!
    This is still the only album of his I ever purchased if Ya can believe that! Been meaning to,check out that live album from 81 or 82…..
    Talented guy esp with the women!


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Yeah Deke! I should have mentioned Taylor in my blurb! Thanks for reminding us all about that! The live album would be cool.

      I have a ton of his records here on vinyl. Fun times.

      Haha talented with the ladies… but if you read his book, he ain’t so good at keeping them (largely because, once in a relationship, he quickly became good with other women again…)


      1. mikeladano says:

        She says she doesn’t really have any clear memories of the box set (hasn’t played it in years) and doesn’t know where it is right now. Sorry! That’s not a reflection on the box, she just doesn’t listen to much mainstream music anymore.


          1. mikeladano says:

            That gives me an idea. Maybe she’d be willing to do an interview on why she doesn’t listen to mainstream stuff anymore. Coinciding with the release of her second album perhaps.


  2. mikeladano says:

    Rod Stewart! I love the Rod! (I know, I know – Phrasing!!!) Anyway I don’t even mind 80’s Stewart, 90’s Rod Stewart…I like it all. I think he’s tremendously entertaining, and has selected so many great songs over the years…I was always bugged about liking Rod Stewart at the record store, but F that!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Yep, I’ve got a soft spot for his work too. I give preference to the early stuff, I’m not so much into all of this Songbook stuff he’s been doing. Gimme ten years, I’ll come around to it. 😉

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      And for anytime the ladies meet me, right!

      In this case, the boxed set would almost assuredly serve better. Twelve tracks trying to encapsulate everything that guy ever did? Haha nice try, guys!


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