Garth Brooks (album)
|Studio album by|
|Released||April 12, 1989|
|Recorded||Late 1987 – Early 1988|
|Studio||Jack's Tracks Recording Studios|
|Garth Brooks chronology|
|Singles from Garth Brooks|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Garth Brooks is the debut studio album of American country music artist Garth Brooks, released on April 12, 1989 through Capitol Nashville. It was both a critical and chart success, peaking at #13 on the Billboard 200 and at #2 on the Top Country Albums chart. The album has been certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments over ten million copies.
Brooks commented on the album, saying:
This album was released in April 1989, in the States. Definitely scared to death. I thought the album was very very innocent. And I gotta be truthful with you, every time I hear those songs off the radio or off the album itself, or even when we play them live. I really get that same kind of scared feeling, that I had, way back in 1988, and 1989. Whether you get the album or not, or whether you have the album or not. Thanks, for just, the interest. That first album is always a big one for any artist and I, without trying to sound egotistical, I'm very proud of my first one.
This album contains Brooks' earliest hits, for instance his first ever single, "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)", which peaked at #8 on the Country Billboard Charts in 1989. It put the name of an independent cowboy singer, Chris LeDoux, into the mainstream due to the lyric "A worn out tape of Chris LeDoux" Two other strong starts include his first #1, "If Tomorrow Never Comes" and the Academy of Country Music's 1990 Song of the Year and Video of the Year, "The Dance" (another #1). It also features his first hit he wrote entirely in "Not Counting You", another top 10 success.
Punk rock cover artists Me First and the Gimme Gimmes released a version of "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)" as the first track on their October 2006 album Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Love Their Country.
Garth Brooks peaked at #13 on the US Billboard 200, and peaked at #2 on the Top Country Albums. In November 2006, it was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of over ten million copies in the United States. To date, the album has sold ten million copies in the US and thirteen million copies worldwide.
- "Not Counting You" (Garth Brooks) – 2:30
- "I've Got a Good Thing Going" (Larry Bastian, Sandy Mahl, Brooks) – 2:50
- "If Tomorrow Never Comes" (Kent Blazy, Brooks) – 3:42
- "Everytime That It Rains" (Charlie Stefl, Ty England, Brooks) – 4:07
- "Alabama Clay" (Larry Cordle, Ronny Scaife) – 3:35
- "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)" (Randy Taylor, Brooks) – 2:53
- "Cowboy Bill" (Bastian, Ed Berghoff) – 4:28
- "Nobody Gets Off in This Town" (Bastian, DeWayne Blackwell) – 2:17
- "I Know One" (Jack Clement) – 2:49
- "The Dance" (Tony Arata) – 3:40
Limited Series Release
- "Not Counting You"
- "I've Got a Good Thing Going"
- "If Tomorrow Never Comes"
- "Uptown Down-Home Good Ol' Boy"
- "Everytime That It Rains"
- "Alabama Clay"
- "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)"
- "Cowboy Bill"
- "Nobody Gets Off in This Town"
- "I Know One"
- "The Dance"
- Bruce Bouton – pedal steel guitar
- Garth Brooks – lead, harmony and backing vocals
- Mark Casstevens – acoustic guitar
- Mike Chapman – bass guitar
- Kathy Chiavola – harmony and backing vocals
- Rob Hajacos – fiddle
- Wendy Johnson – harmony and backing vocals
- Chris Leuzinger – electric guitar
- Jennifer O'Brien – harmony and backing vocals
- Wayland Patton – harmony and backing vocals
- Milton Sledge – drums
- Hurshel Wiginton – harmony and backing vocals
- Bobby Wood – keyboards, synthesizer
- Trisha Yearwood – harmony and backing vocals
- Nashville String Machine – string orchestra
|Canadian RPM Albums Chart||60|
|Canadian RPM Country Albums||22|
|US Billboard 200||13|
|US Billboard Top Country Albums||2|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions|
|US Country||CAN Country||UK|
|1989||"Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)"||8||9||—|
|"If Tomorrow Never Comes"||1||2||—|
|1990||"Not Counting You"||2||1||—|
|United States (RIAA)||Diamond||10,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Garth Brooks at AllMusic. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
- Hurst, Jack (April 6, 1989). "Garth Brooks (Capitol)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 13, 2013.
- 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.
- "Garth's CD's". Angelfire.com. Archived from the original on November 11, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
- [dead link]
- "American album certifications – Garth Brooks – Garth Brooks". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.