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Kenny Rogers: The Journey (2006)

Not Rated | | Biography, Music | Video 26 September 2006


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Credited cast:
Willie Nelson ... Himself (archive footage)
Dolly Parton ... Herself (archive footage)
Kenny Rogers ... Himself
Dottie West ... Herself (archive footage)


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26 September 2006 (USA) See more »

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Evansville, Indiana, USA

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Groovpix Entertainment See more »
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Islands In The Stream
Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice Gibb
Performed by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
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Kenny's talent is here.
5 October 2006 | by EdermikeSee all my reviews

I think this DVD is good, but not great. First off, too much new stuff. One or two new songs is OK, but four is too many. Kenny's most creative period with the First Edition is here but not enough and Mickey Jones is the only one interviewed from the group. A promised video of Tell It All Brother was yanked for no good reason, the Ruby performance exists in full color and grainy black and white version is used, and half is a later solo performance. There is nothing from the First Edition's Rollin' TV show, and nothing from their classic Calico LP. A lot of people don't know about this seminal Rock group that was among the first to bridge the gap between country and pop well before the Eagles etc so this stuff is important to understanding Kenny's value as an artist. Thankfully the clip of them performing "She Even Woke Me Up" is included and it is superb. My last point of contention is how their aren't many different sources of material and nothing from Kenny's transitional stage in the mid 70's. Now to the good things. The songs are mostly complete and despite their being a few too many from the last 10 years (pun intended) they are overall well chosen. It makes a good point that Rogers was always willing to try new things artistically. This belies his undeserved staid image. It has a great clip of him with his early 60s jazz trio (albiet a 1990s reunion) and also another shows him playing stand-up bass with Willie Nelson. Lots of good things, even a short clip of Rogers pre beard(what is that from and why isn't more of it used?). I like that this is music based instead of another tired biography. All in all good but I wish it had cut out a couple of ballads in order to show off his full creative palate. His fine mid period country rock tunes like "Love Will Turn You Around" and Daytime Friends" deserve to resurface. Other song's such as "Laura", "Lena Lookie", and "That Crazy Feeling" also deserve new appraisal. Still the majority of what was used is good and it will impress those who give Kenny a chance.

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