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Vinyl Watch: Kenny Rogers’ “Gambler” Gets 180-Gram Reissue, Duran Duran Single Announced for Record Store Day

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Vinyl heads rejoice! Capitol recently announced a pair of upcoming vinyl titles – one especially for Record Store Day – from two wildly different artists.

With a thumping drum line that sounded like Phil Spector gone New Wave and one of lead vocalist Simon Le Bon’s wittiest lyrics, it’s no surprise “Is There Something I Should Know?” became Duran Duran’s very first chart-topping single in their native England. Released as a non-LP cut in 1983 toward the height of Duran-mania, “Is There Something I Should Know” is a jewel of the Duran catalogue, three decades on. (It was no slouch in the States, either, peaking within Billboard‘s Top 5 30 summers ago. For American audiences, the song was an admittedly incongruous bonus track on the Stateside release of the band’s 1981 self-titled debut.)

Duran RSDFor the 30th anniversary of the single, EMI will issue for Record Store Day (April 20 of this year) a faithful 7″ vinyl recreation of the original single (EMI 5371/Capitol 8551 (U.S.)) featuring non-LP instrumental B-side “Faith in This Colour.” (Two mixes of “Faith” exist; the original 7″ used an “alternate slow mix” that does not, unlike the version heard on the 12″ single, use sampled dialogue and effects from Star Wars. The band’s Twitter account confirms the 12″ “fast” version will be the B-side.) As a special twist for collectors, this single will be pressed on blue vinyl.

After the jump, Kenny Rogers dispenses some of the most important wisdom of his career on 180-gram vinyl.

huzb_GamblerPackshot“You gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em / Know when to walk away, know when to run,” Kenny Rogers famously sang on the title track to 1978’s The Gambler. Rogers had been a solo act for two years after a decade with The First Edition, and his star had been on the rise ever since the success of “Lucille,” a No. 1 country hit and a Top 5 pop single on both sides of the Atlantic (it peaked at No. 1 in the U.K.).

“The Gambler,” penned by Don Schlitz, was one of five country chart-toppers Rogers enjoyed in 1978 and 1979, as was follow-up single “She Believes in Me,” which, at No. 5, was an even bigger pop crossover hit than “The Gambler” (which peaked at No. 16). “She Believes in Me,” however, did not lead to a string of five successful TV-movies starring Rogers as the album’s titular character!

Newly remastered by Ron McMaster at Capitol Mastering, The Gambler, featuring all of its original artwork replicated for this special heavyweight vinyl package, will be available March 12.

The Gambler (180-Gram Vinyl) (originally released as United Artists UA-LA934H, 1978 – reissued Capitol Nashville, 2013)

Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

  1. The Gambler
  2. I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again
  3. King of Oak Street
  4. Makin’ Music for Money
  5. Hoodooin’ of Miss Fannie Deberry
  6. She Believes in Me
  7. Tennessee Bottle
  8. Sleep Tight, Goodnight Man
  9. Little More Like Me (The Crucifixion)
  10. San Francisco Mabel Joy
  11. Morgana Jones

Written by Mike Duquette

February 14, 2013 at 14:16

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