Sevens (album)

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Sevens
Studio album by Garth Brooks
Released November 25, 1997
Genre Country pop
Length 46:01
Label Capitol Nashville
Producer Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks chronology
Fresh Horses
(1995)
Sevens
(1997)
The Limited Series
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C+[2]
Robert Christgau B[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]

Sevens is the seventh studio album by American country music artist Garth Brooks. It was released on November 25, 1997, and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, and on the Top Country Albums chart. The album also topped the Country album charts in Britain for several months and crossed over into the mainstream pop charts. His duet with Trisha Yearwood, "In Another's Eyes", won the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals at the Grammy Awards of 1998. Sevens was nominated for the Best Country Album Grammy the following year.

777,777 copies of Sevens were marked as First Editions. These albums have a gold seal on the CD booklet and a similar mark on the CD itself. Canadian versions of the albums have a maple leaf shaped seal on the cover. First Editions were not released outside of North America.

Background[edit]

Brooks commented on the album by saying:

"I'm proud, I'm excited, I'm nervous, and it feels good to be back in the game again. This is a very personal album. I only wrote six of the songs, but there are many that are so 'me' that people I work with every day thought I wrote them".[5]

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Longneck Bottle" (Rick Carnes, Steve Wariner) – 2:15
  2. "How You Ever Gonna Know" (Kent Blazy, Garth Brooks) – 3:35
  3. "She's Gonna Make It" (Blazy, Kim Williams, Brooks) – 2:45
  4. "I Don't Have to Wonder" (Shawn Camp, Taylor Dunn) – 3:04
  5. "Two Piña Coladas" (Camp, Benita Hill, Sandy Manson) – 3:34
  6. "Cowboy Cadillac" (Bryan Kennedy, Brooks) – 2:50
  7. "Fit for a King" (Jim Rushing, Carl Jackson) – 3:58
  8. "Do What You Gotta Do" (Pat Flynn) – 2:57
  9. "You Move Me" (Gordon Kennedy, Pierce Pettis) – 4:34
  10. "In Another's Eyes" (Bobby Wood, John Peppard, Brooks) – 3:33
  11. "When There's No One Around" (Tim O'Brien, Darrell Scott) – 3:33
  12. "A Friend to Me" (Victoria Shaw, Brooks) – 3:05
  13. "Take The Keys to My Heart" (Hill, Pam Wolfe, Tommy Smith) – 2:31
  14. "Belleau Wood" (Joe Henry, Brooks) – 3:29

Chart performance[edit]

Sevens debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, becoming his fifth, and #1 on the Top Country Albums, becoming his seventh #1 Country album. In November 2006, Sevens was certified 10 x Platinum by the RIAA.

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[18] 42

Chart Successions[edit]

Preceded by
ReLoad by Metallica
Billboard 200 number-one album
December 13, 1997 - January 16, 1998
Succeeded by
Let's Talk About Love by Celine Dion
Preceded by
Come On Over by Shania Twain
Come On Over by Shania Twain
Come On Over by Shania Twain
Top Country Albums number-one album
December 13, 1997 - February 6, 1998
February 28 - March 13, 1998
March 21 - April 10, 1998
Succeeded by
You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs by LeAnn Rimes
Come On Over by Shania Twain
Come On Over by Shania Twain
Preceded by
Come On Over by Shania Twain
Come On Over by Shania Twain
RPM Country Albums number-one album
December 8, 1997 - January 25, 1998
March 9–29, 1998
Succeeded by
Come On Over by Shania Twain
Come On Over by Shania Twain
Preceded by
Blue
by LeAnn Rimes
Top Country Albums number-one album of the year
1998
Succeeded by
Come On Over
by Shania Twain

Credits[edit]

Technical[edit]

  • Recorded and Mixed by Mark Miller
  • Recorded at Jack's Tracks Recording Studio
  • Assisted by Duke Duczer and Joe Hayden
  • Strings Recorded at Javelina Studios
  • Mastered at Georgetown Masters by Denny Purcell
  • Digital Editing by Carlos Grier

Personnel[edit]

As listed in liner notes.[19]

"The Ordinaires" on "How You Ever Gonna Know": Bobby Wood, Allen Reynolds, Garth Brooks

Choir on "I Don't Have to Wonder": Kathy Chiavola, Vicki Hampton, Susan Ashton, Trisha Yearwood, Robert Bailey, Yvonne Hodges

Background vocals on "Two Piña Coladas": Dorothy "The Birthday Girl" Robinson, Charles Green, Matt Lindsey, Sandy Mason, Shawn Camp, Big Al, Double "D", "Sam the Man" Duczer, Garth Brooks

All strings performed by the Nashville String Machine; conducted and arranged by Jim Ed Norman.

Art[edit]

  • Production: Carlton Davis
  • Production Assistant: Denise Jarvis
  • Art Direction: Virginia Team
  • Design: Jerry Joyner
  • Photography: Beverly Parker
  • Additional Photographs: Henry Diltz, Virginia Team and Jerry Joyner
  • Make-Up: Mary Beth Felts
  • Digital Imager: Harris Graphics

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Alanna Nash (1997-11-28). "Entertainment Weekly review". Ew.com. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  3. ^ "Robert Christgau Consumer Guide". Robertchristgau.com. 1992-11-10. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  4. ^ Garth Brooks (1998-01-22). "Rolling Stone review". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  5. ^ http://www.planetgarth.com/albums/sevens.php
  6. ^ a b c d http://www.swisscharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Garth+Brooks&titel=Sevens&cat=a
  7. ^ http://top20.dk/chart/1998-4
  8. ^ "Hits of the World - Eurochart". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 20 December 1997. p. 43. 
  9. ^ http://www.musicline.de/de/chartverfolgung_summary/artist/Garth+Brooks/3491/longplay
  10. ^ "Hits of the World - Ireland". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 17 January 1998. p. 51. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  11. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  12. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/_/garth%20brooks/
  13. ^ a b http://www.billboard.com/artist/302597/garth+brooks/chart
  14. ^ "Accreditations 1997 Albums - Australian Record Industry Association". Ariacharts.com.au. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  15. ^ "Canadian Recording Industry Association: Certification Results- February 15, 2010". CRIA. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  16. ^ . BPI http://www.bpi.co.uk/certified-awards.aspx. Retrieved 2013-02-12.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ "Gold & Platinum - February 12, 2010". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  18. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  19. ^ Sevens (CD). Garth Brooks. Capitol Records. 1997. 329519.