If Only My Heart Had a Voice

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If Only My Heart Had A Voice
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Studio album by Kenny Rogers
Released 1993
Recorded 1993
Genre Country
Label Giant
Producer Larry Butler, James Stroud
Kenny Rogers chronology
Back Home Again
(1991)
If Only My Heart Had A Voice
(1993)
Timepiece
(1994)

If Only My Heart Had A Voice is the twenty-fifth studio album by country music superstar Kenny Rogers. It was Rogers' first album released on the Giant Records label. However, Rogers had been signed with its parent company, WEA, since 1989. The album was Rogers' first since 1976 not to chart.

Content[edit]

"Ol' Red" was also recorded by George Jones on his 1990 album You Oughta Be Here with Me, and would later be a Top 20 hit in 2002 for Blake Shelton from his self-titled debut. "If I Were You", recorded here as a duet with Travis Tritt, was originally cut by The Oak Ridge Boys on their 1991 album Unstoppable, and would later be recorded by Chad Brock as a duet with Mark Wills on Brock's 2000 album Yes!

Critical reception[edit]

Rob Theakston of Allmusic rated the album 2.5 out of 5 stars, saying that "there are some moments on here that die-hard fans will enjoy". He thought that the production had "aged well" and that the songs were "surprisingly consistent."[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Fightin' for the Same Thing" Chuck Jones, Tom Shapiro 3:13
2. "Missing You" Rick Giles, Susan Longacre 3:14
3. "She Waits" Tom French, Tom Paden 3:10
4. "Ol' Red" James "Bo" Bohan, Don Goodman, Mark Sherrill 3:07
5. "If I Were You" (duet with Travis Tritt) Billy Dean, Verlon Thompson 3:08
6. "Wanderin' Man" Kim Carnes, Colin Ellingson 3:53
7. "Reason to Go" Debbie Hupp, Tim Mensy 3:55
8. "If You Were the Friend" Hupp, Mensy 3:40
9. "If Only My Heart Had a Voice" Rick Bowles, Skip Ewing, Kenny Rogers 3:35
10. "Somebody's Wrong Somebody's Right" Larry Butler 3:13

Personnel[edit]

  • Larry Butler - keyboards, synthesizer
  • Larry Byrom - acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Jimmy Carter - bass guitar
  • Joe Chemay - bass guitar
  • Randy Dorman - electric guitar
  • Sonny Garrish - steel guitar, pedabro
  • Steve Gibson - electric guitar
  • Steve Glassmeyer - piano
  • Gene Golden - keyboards, synthesizer
  • Carl Gorodetzky - string arrangements, conductor
  • Lynn Hammann - drums
  • Ricky Harper - electric guitar
  • Warren Hartman - Hammond organ
  • Porter Howell - electric guitar
  • Dann Huff - electric guitar
  • Chuck Jacobs - bass guitar
  • Chuck Jones - acoustic guitar
  • Jana King - background vocals
  • Mike Lawler - keyboards, synthesizer
  • Paul Leim - drums
  • Chris Leuzinger - acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric sitar
  • Randy McCormick - piano
  • Tim Mensy - acoustic guitar
  • Weldon Myrick - steel guitar, pedabro
  • The Nashville String Machine - strings
  • Bobby Ogdin - piano
  • Nigel Olsson - drums, percussion
  • Dave Pomeroy - bass guitar
  • Gary Prim - piano
  • Kenny Rogers - acoustic guitar, lead vocals, background vocals
  • Brent Rowan - electric guitar
  • Joe Spivey - fiddle
  • James Stroud - drums, percussion
  • Travis Tritt - duet vocals on "If I Were You"
  • Biff Watson - acoustic guitar, mandolin
  • Lonnie Wilson - drums
  • Glenn Worf - bass guitar
  • Bob Wray - bass guitar
  • Curtis Wright - background vocals
  • Curtis Young - background vocals

References[edit]

  1. ^ Theakston, Rob. "If Only My Heart Had a Voice". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 June 2014.