The Earth, a Small Man, His Dog and a Chicken

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The Earth, a Small Man, His Dog and a Chicken
Studio album by REO Speedwagon
Released August 30, 1990
Recorded 1989-90
Genre Rock, heavy metal, hard rock, blues rock
Length 46:26
Label Epic
Producer Kevin Cronin and Tom Lord-Alge
REO Speedwagon chronology
The Hits
The Earth, A Small Man, His Dog And A Chicken
Building the Bridge
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Entertainment Weekly C+ link

The Earth, a Small Man, His Dog and a Chicken is the thirteenth studio album by REO Speedwagon, and was released in 1990. To date, it's the last REO album to chart, peaking at #129 on the Billboard 200. The song "Love Is a Rock" reached #66 on Billboard's Hot 100, and "Live It Up" reached #6 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks.

Following the departure of two long-time members, guitarist and songwriter Gary Richrath and drummer Alan Gratzer, almost one half of the songs on this album were written or co-written by keyboardist Jesse Harms. It is also the first album to include guitarist Dave Amato and drummer Bryan Hitt.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Love Is a Rock" (Kevin Cronin) - 5:36
  2. "The Heart Survives" (Cronin, Jesse Harms) - 4:50
  3. "Live It Up" (Harms) - 4:00
  4. "All Heaven Broke Loose" (Harms, Adrian Gurvitz, Neal Doughty) - 4:11
  5. "Love in the Future" (Cronin, Tom Kelly) - 4:32
  6. "Half Way" (Cronin, Harms, Mark Spiro) - 4:17
  7. "Love to Hate" (Harms) - 4:09
  8. "You Won't See Me" (Cronin) - 3:21
  9. "Can't Lie to My Heart" (Cronin, Diane Warren) - 4:40
  10. "L.I.A.R." (Cronin, Doughty, Bruce "Godman" Hall, Bryan Hitt, Dave Amato) - 3:09
  11. "Go for Broke" (Cronin, Doughty, Hall, Amato, Harms) - 3:28


REO Speedwagon


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1990 The Billboard 200 129

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1990 "Love Is a Rock" The Billboard Hot 100 66
1990 "Love Is a Rock" Mainstream Rock 31
1990 "Live It Up" Mainstream Rock 6

External links[edit]

The Earth, a Small Man, His Dog and a Chicken at AllMusic