Eyes That See in the Dark

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Eyes That See in the Dark
Kenny Rogers-Eyes That See.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 22, 1983[1]
RecordedMay 1983 at Middle Ear Studio, Miami Beach; Lion Share Recording and Ocean Way Recording, Los Angeles.
GenreCountry, roots rock, folk rock, adult contemporary
LabelRCA Records
Kenny Rogers chronology
20 Greatest Hits
Eyes That See in the Dark
What About Me?
Singles from Eyes That See in the Dark
  1. "Islands in the Stream"
    Released: August 15, 1983
  2. "This Woman"
    Released: January 9, 1984
  3. "Eyes That See in the Dark"
    Released: April 2, 1984
  4. "Evening Star"
    Released: June 4, 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]

Eyes That See in the Dark is the 15th studio album by Kenny Rogers, first released by RCA Records in August 1983.


Eyes That See in the Dark marks Barry Gibb's third production project of the 1980s outside of the Bee Gees. Gibb wrote most of the songs that were more reminiscent of Rogers' days with the First Edition.

Just after Barry Gibb contributed producing the Heartbreaker album, he and Rogers met later in the year and it was then that Rogers asked about some songs and that song was the title track. The other songs in this album were written in late 1982 and recorded in early 1983. Gibb recorded demos for Rogers while working with the Bee Gees for the 1983 film Staying Alive until April 1983, as Rogers started to record this album in May the same year.[3] Also in 1983, when Maurice participated in Robin Gibb's album How Old Are You?.

The album, Rogers' first for RCA Nashville, was issued while his previous effort on Liberty Records We've Got Tonight was still in the charts and had to compete with singles from that still being issued by his previous label.


The finished instrumental tracks were dubbed onto the demos, and some of the guitar, bass, and synthesizer on the demos are heard in the completed mix. Ron Ziegler had to dub drums exactly in time with the drum machine used on the demos. Some of the musicians had also played on all of Andy Gibb's albums, Tim Renwick, George Terry, and Ron Ziegler. Barry and Maurice Gibb with Albhy Galuten appear both from the demo tracks and new recordings. "Islands in the Stream" was not a duet and Rogers was not happy with the recording. Only after Dolly Parton was brought in and recorded the song as a duet did it take off.[4]

The producers at the vocal dub sessions were surprised by Rogers' laid-back approach. He had kept the song demos in his possession for a period of time, but still needed to read lyric sheets while singing. He also, in Galuten's opinion, was just copying Barry's vocals instead of making the songs his own, a comment for which Galuten was banished from the rest of the vocal dub sessions. Kenny recalls it differently, that the producers urged him to sing them like Barry. At any rate, his vocals do follow Barry’s closely.[4]

The Gatlin Brothers contributed background vocals on "Buried Treasure" and "Evening Star", while the three members of the Bee Gees: Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb did the same on "Living with You".


"Islands in the Stream" became a major hit, reaching #1 on both the Billboard pop and country charts. It turned out to be the #1 country chart song of 1983.

Elsewhere on the album is "Buried Treasure", a single which was a top 3 country hit, the track "This Woman", which reached the top 20 on both the Billboard pop and country charts, while the title cut "Eyes That See in the Dark" also charted on the UK Singles Chart, spending six weeks in the top 100.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."This Woman" (Barry Gibb, Albhy Galuten)3:58
2."You and I"4:37
3."Buried Treasure"4:12
4."Islands in the Stream" (duet with Dolly Parton)4:10
5."Living with You"3:10
Side two
6."Evening Star" (Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb)3:40
7."Hold Me"4:15
8."Midsummer Nights" (Barry Gibb, Albhy Galuten)3:50
9."I Will Always Love You" (Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb)4:22
10."Eyes That See in the Dark" (Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb)3:42


The song "I Will Always Love You" featured on this album was written by Barry and Maurice Gibb, and is not the same as the more famous song of the same name, which was written by Dolly Parton. Kenny Rogers would later record a rendition of the Dolly Parton song, for his 1996 covers album Vote for Love.

The song "Buried Treasure" is not to be confused with Rogers's 1978 song "Buried Treasures", which appears on his album Love or Something Like It. "Buried Treasures" had not been released as a single.



  • Producers – Barry Gibb, Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson.
  • Engineers – Karl Richardson and Steve Klein
  • Assistant Engineers – David Egerton, Tom Fouce, Neal Kent, Al Schmitt and Samii Taylor.
  • Technical Supervision – Dale Peterson and Larry Janus
  • Mastered by Mike Fuller at Criteria Studios (Miami, Florida).
  • Art Direction – John Coulter
  • Photography – Greg Gorman, David Jacobson and Steve Schapiro.
  • Project Coordinators – Marge Meoli, Nancy Barney, Randy Kessler, Peggy Needleman, Dick Ashby, Eddie Choran, Scott Sands, Tom Kennedy, Michael Branch and Sandie Campbell.
  • Management – Ken Kragen
  • Transport – Bonnie Tobias and Pete Wagner
  • Make-up – Robert Norin

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 6
Australian Albums Chart[6] 6
Canadian RPM Top Albums 5
UK Albums Chart 53

The Eyes That See in the Dark Demos[edit]

Barry Gibb originally recorded the songs for Kenny Rogers on his album, the songs recorded from August 1982 to January-April 1983. Gibb's version of the songs was released officially in October 2006 in iTunes.


  1. ^ "Hot Album Release Schedule: August" (PDF). American Radio History. Billboard. August 6, 1983. p. 4. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  2. ^ Viglione, Joe. "Eyes That See in the Dark review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  3. ^ http://www.columbia.edu/~brennan/beegees/82.html
  4. ^ a b http://www.columbia.edu/~brennan/beegees/83.html
  5. ^ Eyes That See in the Dark Charts
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.