Sunday, July 19, 2015

"We've Got Tonight" by Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  1332
Date:  01/29/1983
Debut:  36
Peak:  6
Weeks:  18
Genre:  Pop, Crossover Country, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Rogers' album "Love Will Turn You Around" was a platinum-seller, but it didn't do as well as his previous albums. It was his first to miss hitting #1 or #2 on the country chart since his solo debut in 1976. The dip in popularity was a signal that he needed to make a change. He did so by bringing on mega-hot producer David Foster, who was having success at the time with Chicago and other artists. Foster amped up the pop side of Rogers' music and also brought along pop starlet Easton for this duet. The song would serve as the title track to Rogers' new album and it would be a major success reaching the pop Top 10, #1 at country, and #2 AC. The album would go platinum and would get him back near the top of the country chart (#3) while hitting #18 at pop.

ReduxReview:  This song definitely got Foster-ized. It just sounds so huge with its epic arrangement. The duo's voices meld well with Easton doing some of her best belting. Many rock fans hated this treatment of this song staying loyal to the original (see below), but I've always like it. Of course, Seger's quiet ballad is a beauty, but this is one case where the over-the-top Foster approach truly worked.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  This is a remake of the 1978 song by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. The track from their classic album "Stranger in Town" was issued as the LP's third single and it reached #13 at pop while getting to #29 at AC.


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