They Don't Make Them Like They Used To
|They Don't Make Them Like They Used To|
|Studio album by Kenny Rogers|
|Producer||Jay Graydon, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Kenny Mims|
|Kenny Rogers chronology|
They Don't Make Them Like They Used To (also referred to as They Don't Make 'Em...) is a 1986 album by country superstar Kenny Rogers.
The album was generally regarded among country fans as a huge departure from Rogers' usual style. In the sleeve notes of a 2003 CD reissue it claims this was the reason it didn't fare as greatly on the charts as his previous releases. However, it is fair to point out he had been recording AOR-style songs long before this and enjoyed great success. Despite his statement, by the time 1986 came around, new-traditionalists such as Randy Travis and George Strait were competing for chart placings with Rogers and his sound was certainly a far cry from these artists.
With many country fans now going back to roots music, Rogers still had a large fanbase and the album sold well enough to go gold, with its strongest chart placing being in the country market, where it hit the top 20. The single "Twenty Years Ago" also helped to further the album's status, itself a #2 country hit.
The album's title cut was used as the theme tune to the box office hit movie Tough Guys.
- "This Love We Share" (Steve Davis, Jay Graydon, David Malloy, Dennis Morgan) (4:32)
- "If I Could Hold on to Love" (Randy Goodrum, Steve Lukather) (4:16)
- "You're My Love" (Joey Coco) (4:09)
- "Time for Love" (Anthony La Peau, Randy Stern) (3:24)
- "They Don't Make Them Like They Used To" (Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager) (4:32)
(Theme from Tough Guys)
- "Life Is Good Love Is Better" (Davis, Malloy, Morgan) (3:59)
- "Just the Thought of Losing You" (Michael Bolton, Jonathan Cain) (4:14)
- "Anything at All" (Dave Loggins) (4:36)
- "After All This Time" (Peter Beckett, Steve Dorff) (4:18)
- "Twenty Years Ago" (Wood Newton, Michael Noble, Michael Spriggs, Dan Tyler) (3:44)
|Chart (1986)||Peak position|
|U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums||16|
|U.S. Billboard 200||137|
|Canadian RPM Top Albums||81|
Two singles came from the album. The title cut, released at the end of 1986, only made #53 in the country charts although it did well by hitting #10 on the contemporary charts. When RCA released "Twenty Years Ago" in 1987, however, Rogers returned to the top five at #2, matching this feat in Canada as well.