The Heart of the Matter (Kenny Rogers album)

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The Heart of the Matter
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Studio album by Kenny Rogers
Released 1985
Recorded 1985
Genre Country
Length 37:50
Label RCA Records
Producer George Martin
Kenny Rogers chronology
The Kenny Rogers Story
(1985)The Kenny Rogers Story1985
The Heart of the Matter
Love Is What We Make It
(1985)Love Is What We Make It1985

The Heart of the Matter is the seventeenth studio album by Kenny Rogers, released by RCA Nashville. It was Kenny's eleventh disc to hit #1 on Billboard's Country albums chart.


This album is to date Rogers' final to reach #1 on the country charts, and peaked at #51 on the Billboard 200. It was produced by George Martin.

Professional ratings
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Two singles came from this album. "Morning Desire" reached the top of the country charts, as well as #8 on the adult contemporary chart and #79 on the pop charts. His next single, "Goodbye Marie", came from the Short Stories album (also released after Rogers signed to RCA) and charted. The final single from this album followed; "Tomb of the Unknown Love" was a #1 hit in the country charts.

Track listing[edit]

1."I Don't Wanna Have to Worry"Steve Crossley, Michael Smotherman3:40
2."The Heart of the Matter"Smotherman4:36
3."You Made Me Feel Love"John Goin, Dave Loggins3:41
4."Morning Desire"Loggins4:09
5."Don't Look in My Eyes"Brian Potter, Frank Wildhorn3:34
6."The Best of Me"David Foster, Jeremy Lubbock, Richard Marx4:01
7."Tomb of the Unknown Love"Smotherman4:03
8."People in Love"Mike Dekle, Byron Hill3:03
9."I Can't Believe Your Eyes"Graham Lyle, Troy Seals3:02
10."Our Perfect Song"David Briggs, Linda Thompson-Jenner4:01



  • Producer – George Martin
  • Engineers – Terry Christian and Jon Kelley
  • Second Engineers – Bino Espinoza, Laura Livingston and Stephen Shelton.
  • Strings recorded by John Richards
  • Second Engineer (strings) – Olivier de Bosson
  • Recorded at Sunset Sound (Hollywood, CA), Lion Share Recording (Los Angeles, CA), Soundcastle (Santa Monica, CA), Evergreen Studios (Burbank, CA) and Studio Marcadet (Paris, France).
  • Mixed by Jon Kelley at Soundcastle and Hollywood Sound Recorders (Hollywood, CA).
  • Mix Assistants – Bino Espinoza and Mike Wuellner
  • Mastered by Wally Traugott at Capitol Mastering (Hollywood, CA).
  • Product Manager – Antony Amos
  • Art Direction – Becky Stewart
  • Design – John Coulter Design
  • Photography – Matthew Rolston
  • Liner Notes – Peter Doggett
  • Management – Dreamcatcher Artist Management


Chart (1985) Peak position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 51
Canadian RPM Top Albums 57

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