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.