Gideon (album)

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Gideon
Studio album by Kenny Rogers
Released 1980
Recorded 1980
Genre Country
Length 34:05
Label United Artists Group
Producer Larry Butler
Kenny Rogers chronology
Kenny
(1979)
Gideon
(1980)
Greatest Hits
(1980)

Gideon is the eighth solo studio album by Kenny Rogers. Issued by United Artists Records in 1980, it reached #1 on the country charts and the top 20 of the pop charts. It includes the worldwide hit "Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer" (a duet with Kim Carnes, who also wrote and produced the album for Rogers).

Gideon is a concept album about a Texas cowboy, and all the songs stick to this theme. The album is a look back at his life in retrospect. In the first song "Gideon Tanner", it is known that Gideon is dead. This and most of the other songs are sung from the point of view of Gideon.

Although the album's only single release was "Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer", the song "Saying Goodbye" was issued on the B-side to Rogers' top five hit single "Love the World Away".

Gideon reached #1 on the Billboard Country charts in 1980.

Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 3/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Goin' Home to the Rock" (Intro) (0:40)
  2. "Gideon Tanner" (2:34)
  3. "No Good Texas Rounder" (4:11)
  4. "Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer" (with Kim Carnes) (Kim Carnes Ellingson, David M. Ellingson) (3:39)
  5. "The Buckeroos" (3:16)
  6. "You Were a Good Friend" (3:53) (K. Ellingson, D. Ellingson)
  7. "Call Me Up (The Phone Is in the Cradle)" (3:17)
  8. "These Chains" (3:22)
  9. "Somebody Help Me" (2:51)
  10. "One Place in the Night" (2:59)
  11. "Sayin' Goodbye" (3:25)
  12. "Goin' Home to the Rock" (Reprise) (0:58)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 12
Canadian RPM Country Albums 1
Canadian RPM Top Albums 5
Preceded by
There's a Little Bit of Hank in Me by Charley Pride
There's a Little Bit of Hank in Me by Charley Pride
Greatest Hits by Waylon Jennings
Top Country Albums number-one album
May 10, 1980
May 24, 1980
June 7 - July 5, 1980
Succeeded by
There's a Little Bit of Hank in Me by Charley Pride
Greatest Hits by Waylon Jennings
Music Man by Waylon Jennings
Preceded by
Together by The Oak Ridge Boys
RPM Country Albums number-one album
June 21, 1980
Succeeded by
Somebody's Waiting by Anne Murray

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