- Released: April 13, 1993
- Label: Giant/Reprise
- 1.Fightin' For the Same Thing
- 2.Missing You
- 3.She Waits
- 4.Ol' Red
- 5.If I Were You
- 6.Wanderin' Man
- 7.Reason to Go
- 8.If You Were the Friend
- 9.If Only My Heart Had a Voice
- 10.Somebody's Wrong, Somebody's Right
Personnel: Kenny Rogers (vocals); Chris Leuzinger (acoustic & electric guitars, electric sitar); Larry Byrom (acoustic & electric guitars); Biff Watson (acoustic guitar, mandolin); Tim Mensy, Chuck Jones (acoustic guitars); Brent Rowan, Steve Gibson, Randy Dorman, Dann Huff, Rick Harper, Porter Howell (electric guitars); Sonny Garrish, Weldon Myrick (steel guitar, pedalbro); Joe Spivey (fiddle); Carl Gorodetzky, The Nashville String Machine (strings); Bobby Ogdin, Steve Glassmeyer, Randy McCormick, Gary Prim (piano); Warren Hartman (Hammond B-3); Mike Lawler, Larry Butler, Gene Golden (keyboards, synthesizers); Bob Wray, Glenn Worf, Joe Chemay, Chuck Jacobs, Dave Pomeroy, Jimmy Carter (bass); James Stroud (drums, percussion); Lonnie Wilson, Lynn Hammann, Nigel Olsson, Paul Leim (drums); Nigel Olsson (percussion); Curtis Young, Jana King (background vocals).
Engineers: Laura Peterzell, Julian King, Billy Sherrill.
This 2005 Collectables release is actually a reissue of a 1993 release by Warner Bros. Before his full-on turn into the adult contemporary style in the latter half of the '90s, Kenny Rogers was still crafting country-pop tunes in earnest, hoping for another hit that would be in the same lineage as his successes of the '80s. Unfortunately, If Only My Heart Had a Voice doesn't come close to achieving that goal, but there are some moments on here that die-hard fans will enjoy. "If I Were You," his duet with Travis Tritt, is remarkable in its delivery and production and has aged well, along with the rest of the nine surprisingly consistent songs found within. ~ Rob Theakston