Love or Something Like It

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Love or Something Like It
Studio album by Kenny Rogers
Released July 1978
Recorded 33:46
Label United Artists Records
Producer Larry Butler
Kenny Rogers chronology
Every Time Two Fools Collide (with Dottie West)
(1978)
Love or Something Like It
(1978)
The Gambler
(1978)

Love or Something Like It is the fourth solo album by country music superstar Kenny Rogers, released in 1978. It was Rogers' fourth #1 hit album.

Overview[edit]

The album's title cut ("Love or Something Like It") also topped the charts. Though this was the only single to be issued from the album, another cut, "Momma's Waiting" (written by Rogers), was issued on the B-side of a 1978 major hit single, "The Gambler".[1] "Momma's Waiting" was originally recorded by Rogers and The First Edition in 1970.

Biographer Chris Bolton notes in the sleevenotes of the 2009 reissue on the Edsel record label that "I Could Be So Good For You", was Kenny's attempt to "go Disco" and suggests the Disco influence may be the reason only one single was pulled from this album. Bolton goes on to call "Momma's Waiting" a close cousin of Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried" and states the album features songs that are a lot more pop slanted -on the whole- than any of Rogers' previous albums, but the albums best tracks still have an over-riding country sound.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Love or Something Like It" (Kenny Rogers, Steve Glassmeyer) [2:51]
  2. "There's a Lot of That Going Around" (Jim Hurt, Steve Pippin) [2:41]
  3. "Buried Treasures" (Charlie Phillips, Ernie Rowell) [3:17]
  4. "Something About Your Song" (Jon Hassell) [2:38]
  5. "Momma's Waiting" (Kenny Rogers, Terry Williams) [4:07]
  6. "We Could Have Been the Closest of Friends" (John Thomas Slate, Steve Pippin) [3:11]
  7. "I Could Be So Good for You" (Alan Rush, Dennis Linde, Randy Cullers, Thomas Cain) [2:58]
  8. "Sail Away" (Rafe Van Hoy) [3:31]
  9. "Even a Fool Would Let Go" (Kerry Chater, Tom Snow) [3:07]
  10. "Highway Flyer" (Doug Owen, Stephen Allen Davis) [2:16]
  11. "Starting Again" (Kenny Rogers, Steve Glassmeyer) [3:09]

Personnel[edit]

  • Kenny Rogers - guitar, vocals
  • Billy Sanford, Fred Carter, Jerry Shook, Jimmy Capps, Randy Dorman, Rick Harper - guitar
  • Pete Drake - steel guitar
  • Bob Moore, Joe Osborn, Tommy Allsup - bass
  • Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Gene Golden, Steve Glassmeyer, Edgar Struble - keyboards
  • Jerry Carrigan, Bobby Daniels - drums
  • Bill Joor, Dennis Good, Phil Forrest, Roger Bissell - horns
  • Janie Fricke, The Jordanaires, Wendellyn Suits - background vocals
  • Byron Bach, Carl Gorodetzky, Gary Vanosdale, George Binkley, Lennie Haight, Marvin Chantry, Roy Christensen, Samuel Terranova, Sheldon Kurland, Wilfred Lehmann - strings
  • Bill Justis - string arrangement
  • Billy Sherrill -engineer

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 53
Canadian RPM Country Albums 2
Canadian RPM Top Albums 47

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 360. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
Preceded by
Stardust by Willie Nelson
Top Country Albums number-one album
August 26-September 2, 1978
Succeeded by
Heartbreaker by Dolly Parton