Live by Request

Sixty albums into a career of remarkable longevity, Kenny Rogers releases his first live effort on his own Dreamcatcher label.

Sixty albums into a career of remarkable longevity, Kenny Rogers releases his first live effort on his own Dreamcatcher label. The 17-song collection—recorded in September 2000 for A&E Network's Live by Request show—utilizes a fan-request format that Rogers and his crack band handle with aplomb. Included are 11 Billboard No. 1 hits, including two duets with Linda Davis ("Don't Fall in Love With a Dreamer," "We've Got Tonight"). Rogers is in feisty if weathered form on such country pop standards as "Islands in the Stream," "Daytime Friends," and "Love or Something Like It" and nails such signature ballads as "She Believes in Me," "Through the Years," and an effectively spare "The Greatest," along with career-altering songs "Lucille" and "The Gambler." Rogers' pre-country radio First Edition era is represented only by the very country Mel Tillis-penned shuffle "Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town." Also available on DVD-Video and VHS, Live by Request is a fitting overview of a sturdy artist and still vibrant career.—RW