The Chase (Garth Brooks album)

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The Chase
Studio album by Garth Brooks
Released September 22, 1992
Recorded Jack's Track's Recording Studio
Genre Country
Label Liberty
Producer Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks chronology
Beyond the Season
(1992)
The Chase
(1992)
In Pieces
(1993)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B[2]
Q 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau B+[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[5]

The Chase is the fourth studio album of American country music artist Garth Brooks. It was released on September 22, 1992 on Liberty Records and sold 403,000 copies in its first week,[citation needed] The Chase debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and Top Country Albums chart. and has been certified 9 x Platinum by the RIAA. It was also successful internationally, reaching #1 on the UK country albums chart and remained in the top ten for many months.

"Dixie Chicken" is a cover of the classic Little Feat song off of their 1973 album of the same name while "Night Rider's Lament" is a classic cowboy song that had been previously recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker and Chris LeDoux.

Background[edit]

Brooks commented on the album saying:

"The Chase is definitely the most personal album I think I've ever been involved with. This is as much me as anybody has ever seen. It was recorded at a time in my life that was probably the most trying time of my life. Not the fact that it was a hard time for me, I was just going through a lot of things at this time. Probably the biggest thing was expecting the birth of our first child Taylor. Was also in the business for record re-negotiations, we were remodeling our house. And still trying to go through the biggest tour I'd ever been on since Ropin' The Wind was seeing the success that it was. No Fences seemed to still be doing very well. So we were gone another 250 to 300 days out of the year. So, when you hear this album or snippets from it, and you hear things that are more, probably socially oriented as far as concerns of the world. And some things that are a little bit darker. That's probably 'cause that's where I was at that time. It was a big moment for me. And I gotta say of all the albums I've ever done, this one has the best writing on it, and probably the one that I feel the strongest about. I'm very proud and I love this album."[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "We Shall Be Free" (Stephanie Davis, Garth Brooks) – 3:48
  2. "Somewhere Other Than the Night" (Kent Blazy, Brooks) – 3:12
  3. "Mr. Right" (Brooks) – 2:01
  4. "Every Now and Then" (Buddy Mondlock, Brooks) – 4:16
  5. "Walkin' After Midnight" (Alan Block, Don Hecht) – 2:33
  6. "Dixie Chicken" (Lowell George, Martin Kibbee) – 4:25
  7. "Learning to Live Again" (Don Schlitz, Davis) – 4:06
  8. "That Summer" (Pat Alger, Sandy Mahl-Brooks, Brooks) – 4:47
  9. "Something With a Ring to It" (Aaron Tippin, Mark Collie) - 2:33A
  10. "Night Rider's Lament" (Michael Burton) – 4:05
  11. "Face to Face" (Tony Arata) – 4:26

AThis track was not on the original release of the album. It first appeared when the album was re-released as part of Brooks' first Limited Series box set collection, and has since been part of subsequent releases of the album.

Chart performance[edit]

The Chase debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, becoming his second, and #1 on the Top Country Albums, becoming his third #1 Country album. In November 2006, The Chase was certified 9 x Platinum by the RIAA

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions
US Country CAN Country
1992 "We Shall Be Free" 12 12
"Somewhere Other Than the Night" 1 1
1993 "Learning to Live Again" 2 5
"That Summer" 1 1

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak positions
US Country
1993 "Dixie Chicken" 73

Chart Successions[edit]

Preceded by
Some Gave All by Billy Ray Cyrus
Timeless: The Classics by Michael Bolton
Billboard 200 number-one album
October 10 - November 20, 1992
November 28 - December 4, 1992
Succeeded by
Timeless: The Classics by Michael Bolton
The Predator by Ice Cube
Preceded by
Some Gave All by Billy Ray Cyrus
Top Country Albums number-one album
October 10, 1992 - January 29, 1993
Succeeded by
Some Gave All by Billy Ray Cyrus
Preceded by
More Country Heat by Various Artists
Some Gave All by Billy Ray Cyrus
RPM Country Albums number-one album
October 17 - November 6, 1992
November 28 - December 25, 1992
Succeeded by
Some Gave All by Billy Ray Cyrus
Pure Country by George Strait

Personnel[edit]

  • Garth Brooks - vocals

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Bruce Bouton - pedal steel guitar
  • Mark Casstevens - acoustic guitar
  • Gary Chapman - backing vocals
  • Mike Chapman - bass guitar, Synclavier programming on "We Shall Be Free"
  • Johnny Cobb - backing vocals
  • Rob Hajacos - fiddle
  • Vicki Hampton - backing vocals
  • Yvonne Hodges - backing vocals
  • Chris Leuzinger - electric guitar
  • Donna McElroy - backing vocals
  • Nashville String Machine - orchestra
  • Debbie Nims - backing vocals
  • Denis Solee - clarinet
  • Milton Sledge - drums, percussion
  • Howard Smith - backing vocals
  • Bobby Wood - piano, keyboards
  • Trisha Yearwood - backing vocals

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Album reviews at CD Universe
  4. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 105. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  6. ^ "Garth'S Cd'S". Angelfire.com. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  7. ^ a b http://www.swisscharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Garth+Brooks&titel=The+Chase&cat=a
  8. ^ http://books.google.ca/books?id=EBIEAAAAMBAJ&lr=&rview=1%7Ctitle=Hits of the World - Eurochart|work=Billboard|publisher=Nielsen Business Media, Inc.|date=10 October 1992|page=43
  9. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. p. 263. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5. 
  10. ^ http://www.musicline.de/de/chartverfolgung_summary/artist/Garth+Brooks/3491/longplay
  11. ^ a b "The Chase - Garth Brooks". Billboard.com. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ "Top 50 Albums Chart - Australian Record Industry Association". Ariacharts.com.au. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  14. ^ "CRIA - Audio and Video Certification January 2009". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  15. ^ "Gold & Platinum - February 12, 2010". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-02-12.