Love or Something Like It

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Love or Something Like It
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Studio album by Kenny Rogers
Released July 1978
Length 33:46
Label United Artists
Producer Larry Butler
Kenny Rogers chronology
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Love or Something Like It
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The Gambler
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Love or Something Like It is the fifth studio 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.

The song "We Could Have Been The Closest of Friends" was also recorded by a number of other artists including B J Thomas, Sammy Davis Jr. and Tom Jones.

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 album's best tracks still have an over-riding country sound.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Love or Something Like It"Kenny Rogers, Steve Glassmeyer2:51
2."There's a Lot of That Going Around"Jim Hurt, Steve Pippin2:41
3."Buried Treasures"Charlie Phillips, Ernie Rowell3:17
4."Something About Your Song"Jon Hassell2:38
5."Momma's Waiting"Kenny Rogers, Terry Williams4:07
6."We Could Have Been the Closest of Friends"John Thomas Slate, Steve Pippin3:11
7."I Could Be So Good for You"Alan Rush, Dennis Linde, Randy Cullers, Thomas Cain2:58
8."Sail Away"Rafe Van Hoy3:31
9."Even a Fool Would Let Go"Kerry Chater, Tom Snow3:07
10."Highway Flyer"Doug Owen, Stephen Allen Davis2:16
11."Starting Again"Kenny Rogers, Steve Glassmeyer3:09

Personnel[edit]

  • Kenny Rogers – guitar, lead 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, Steve Glassmeyer – keyboards
  • Gene Golden, Edgar Struble – ARP synthesizer
  • Edgar Struble – clavinet
  • Jerry Carrigan, Bobby Daniels – drums, percussion
  • Bill Joor, Dennis Good, Philip Forrest, Roger Bissell – horns
  • Bobby Daniels, Janie Fricke, Steve Glassmeyer, Gene Golden, 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 Lehman – strings
  • Bill Justis – string arrangements

Production[edit]

  • Producer – Larry Butler
  • Engineer – Billy Sherrill
  • Recorded at Jack Clement Recording Studios (Nashville, TN).
  • Mastered by Bob Sowell at Master Control (Nashville, TN).
  • Art Direction and Design – Bill Burks
  • Photography – Gary Register
  • Management – Ken Kragen

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.