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Anthology

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Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town
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Something's Burning
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Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)
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Heed The Call
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But You Know I Love You
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Reuben James
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Love Woman
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Tell It All Brother
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Me And Bobby McGee
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Elvira
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Molly
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Shine On Ruby Mountain
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Where Does Rosie Go
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We All Got To Help Each Other
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Always Leaving, Always Gone
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Sunshine
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Church Without A Name
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She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye
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Poem For My Little Lady
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For The Good Times
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 20   Total Length: 58:37

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Cut Your Teeth On These Early Tunes

Electrospark

The First Edition had a great mix of rock and roll with country flavors, some good hooks and a great sound.

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More great stuff

coopco95843

Downloaded But You Know I Love You, Reuben James, Something's Burning and Tell It All Brother (already had Ruby since my husband is a country music fan). More great stuff -- downloaded right away because I didn't want to risk it disappearing!

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Kenny Rogers is a legend!

RSF214

I couldn't disagree more with the person who wrote the review above. He must have been listening to the wrong artist for most of the 40 plus years to come up with that assessment of Kenny Rogers. Kenny Rogers has been a world wide star for many years, scoring his first major hits in the 1960's with "Just Dropped In", "But You Know I Love You" & "Ruby ..", three solid gold classics. This album includes them and goes up to 1976, before the first edition split and Rogers launched his even more successful solo career, which gave us even more great music such as "The Gambler", "Through The Years", "I prefer the moonlight", "I can't unlove you", etc, etc. This is a great collection, but by no means does it include everything great that Rogers recorded in the 40 plus years of his recorded work - it only contains a small sample.

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persuasive

thegroovewrangler

Kenny Rogers has been a part of the face of pop culture for nearly 40 years; actually listening to a barrage of his sentimental crossover hits will leave any discerning listener wondering why. But forget "You Decorated My Life" and the TV movies "inspired" by "The Gambler" and this collection makes a persuasive argument for his talents. This is a collection of well-crafted pop songs from his First Edition days. A positive reassessment of his talents begins-- and mostly ends-- here.

They Say All Music Guide

There are many Kenny Rogers best-ofs, anthologies, and retrospectives, but all of them give short shrift to the particular genius that was the First Edition, his first major-league encounter with the music biz. Rogers had been slogging it out in the trenches since he began recording in his native Houston in the 1960s, but it wasn’t until he and a few members of the touring cast of the New Christy Minstrels split off and started their own thang that it began to pay off. The 20 cuts collected here in a deluxe package full of great historical notes, reproductions of album covers, and excellent sound create one of those gems that effectively weighs in with another chapter in the mysterious and wacky history of pop during the late ’60s and early ’70s. From the band’s second single (and before they became Kenny Rogers & the First Edition), the Mickey Newbury-penned “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In),” they were something special. Blending folk, country, Baroque pop, and psychedelic rock, the First Edition was a vocal group with an indelible sound. That their debut album charted (and its single reached number five) during the same year as Pet Sounds, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Surrealistic Pillow, John Wesley Harding, Incense and Peppermints, and The Mamas & the Papas Deliver is saying plenty. And it was really the beginning of something grand that has been all but erased from the popular consciousness of the era. Subsequent singles that charted included”Reuben James,” “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” “Tell It All Brother,” “Me and Bobby McGee” (two years before Janis Joplin’s signature version), “Something’s Burning,” “For the Good Times,” and the funkiest, most rollicking version of Dallas Frazier’s “Elvira” ever put on tape. Those are all included as well as 12 other tracks that document a band featuring not only Rogers but songwriter Mike Settle as well. Anthology is one of those documents that testifies to the glory of that era’s pop music and its unique ability to be so sophisticated in its songs, performances, and production techniques that it comes across directly and simply. – Thom Jurek

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