Fresh Horses (album)

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Fresh Horses
Studio album by Garth Brooks
Released November 21, 1995
Recorded Jack's Track's Recording Studio
Genre Country
Length 38:13
Label Capitol Nashville
Producer Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks chronology
The Hits
(1994)
Fresh Horses
(1995)
Sevens
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B−[2]
Robert Christgau B+[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[4]
Spin (8/10)[5]

Fresh Horses is the sixth studio album by American country music artist Garth Brooks. It was released on November 21, 1995. Fresh Horses peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart, and #1 on the Top Country Albums chart.

The album had a worldwide radio ban until it was available to buy. Only the two singles issued ("She's Every Woman" and "The Fever") were allowed to be played before this date, the latter of which was a new country-rock version of an old Aerosmith song). Through 2006, approximately 7 million copies have been sold in the U.S.

Background[edit]

Brooks commented on the album saying:

"Everyone was expecting this album to be pop. Everyone said we were leaving (country). For the first time ever, I was involved (in writing) in eight of the 10 cuts, so it's a huge reflection of myself. It's the things I enjoy singing about. I got to sing about the band on the road, I got to sing about cowboys, and more importantly, the women who put up with those cowboys.'[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Old Stuff" (Bryan Kennedy, Dan Roberts, Garth Brooks) – 4:12
  2. "Cowboys and Angels" (Kent Blazy, Kim Williams, Brooks) – 3:16
  3. "The Fever" (Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Roberts, Kennedy) – 2:40
  4. "That Ol' Wind" (Leigh Reynolds, Brooks) – 5:22
  5. "Rollin'" (Harley Allen, Reynolds, Brooks) – 4:07
  6. "The Change" (Tony Arata, Wayne Tester) – 4:06
  7. "The Beaches of Cheyenne" (Roberts, Kennedy, Brooks) – 4:13
  8. "It's Midnight Cinderella" (Williams, Blazy, Brooks) – 2:23
  9. "She's Every Woman" (Victoria Shaw, Brooks) – 2:53
  10. ”Ireland" (Stephanie Davis, Jenny Yates, Brooks) – 5:01

“The Limited Series” (1998) of the album inserted a cover of Bob Dylan’sTo Make You Feel My Love” between tracks 7 and 8.

Chart performance[edit]

Fresh Horses peaked at #2 on the U.S. Billboard 200, and peaked #1 on the Top Country Albums, becoming his sixth #1 Country album. In November 2006, Fresh Horses was certified 7 x Platinum by the RIAA.

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions
US Country CAN Country
1995 "She's Every Woman" 1 1
"The Fever" 23 2
"The Beaches of Cheyenne" 1 1
1996 "The Change" 19 8
"It's Midnight Cinderella" 5 2
"That Ol' Wind" 4 3

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak positions
US Country
1995 "The Old Stuff" 64
"Rollin'" 71

Chart Successions[edit]

Preceded by
"(What's the Story) Morning Glory?" by Oasis
Irish Albums Chart
23 November 1995 – 7 December 1995 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Robson & Jerome" by Robson & Jerome
Preceded by
The Greatest Hits Collection by Alan Jackson
Top Country Albums number-one album
December 9, 1995 - January 26, 1996
Succeeded by
The Woman in Me by Shania Twain
Preceded by
The Greatest Hits Collection by Alan Jackson
The Woman in Me by Shania Twain
RPM Country Albums number-one album
November 27 - December 24, 1995
April 1–14, 1996
Succeeded by
The Woman in Me by Shania Twain
The Woman in Me by Shania Twain

Personnel[edit]

  • Garth Brooks - lead vocals

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Susan Ashton - backing vocals
  • Sam Bacco - percussion
  • Bruce Bouton - steel guitar
  • Mark Casstevens - acoustic guitar
  • Mike Chapman - bass guitar
  • Ed Foote - hurdy gurdy
  • Rob Hajacos - fiddle
  • Gordon Kennedy - electric guitar
  • Chris Leuzinger - electric guitar
  • Jimmy Mattingly - fiddle
  • Bobby Wood - piano, organ, keyboards
  • Leigh Reynolds - acoustic guitar
  • Milton Sledge - drums, percussion
  • Trisha Yearwood - backing vocals

References[edit]