Greatest Hits (Chris Gaines album)

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Garth Brooks in...the Life of Chris Gaines
Studio album by Garth Brooks (as Chris Gaines)
Released September 28, 1999
Genre Alternative rock, country rock, country pop
Length 56:23
Label Capitol
Producer Don Was
Garth Brooks chronology
Double Live
(1998)Double Live1998
Garth Brooks...In the Life of Chris Gaines
Garth Brooks and the Magic of Christmas
(1999)Garth Brooks and the Magic of Christmas1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 3.5/5 stars[1]
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club (mixed)[3]
The Daily Vault B−[4]
Entertainment Weekly C−[5]
Mojo (favorable)[6]
PopMatters (favorable)[7]
Q 3/5 stars[6]
Robert Christgau (dud)[8]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[9]

Greatest Hits, also titled Garth Brooks in... The Life of Chris Gaines, is an album by American country music artist Garth Brooks, in which Brooks assumes the fictitious persona of Australian rock artist Chris Gaines. Originally, this album was intended to be the soundtrack for a movie called The Lamb that would star Brooks as a rock star recalling the different periods of his life. This album was purposely released a year in advance from the scheduled film release date to pique interest in Brooks performing rock instead of country. The Lamb, however, was never filmed due to financial and management problems.

This was released on September 28, 1999. It reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, and also gained Brooks his first and to date only appearance in the top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100, with "Lost in You", which peaked at No. 5. The track "It Don't Matter to the Sun" was later covered in 2005, by Rosie Thomas on her If Songs Could Be Held album.

On November 13, 1999, Brooks hosted Saturday Night Live as himself but performed the musical numbers as Chris Gaines without acknowledging to the audience that they were the same person. He performed "Way of the Girl". The album had disappointing sales compared to Brooks previous albums, with some citing Brooks' image change of wig and make up, and the album's rock-star concept for this fact.[10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "That's the Way I Remember It" (Tommy Sims, Tony Arata) – 4:29
  2. "Lost in You" (Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Sims) – 3:05
  3. "Snow in July" (Kennedy, Kirkpatrick, Mike More, Andrew Logan) – 4:20
  4. "Driftin' Away" (Sims) – 4:56
  5. "Way of the Girl" (Kennedy) – 3:44
  6. "Unsigned Letter" (Kennedy, Kirkpatrick) – 4:17
  7. "It Don't Matter to the Sun" (Kennedy, Kirkpatrick, Sims) – 4:21
  8. "Right Now" (Cheryl Wheeler, Chet Powers) – 3:24
  9. "Main Street" (Kennedy, Kirkpatrick, Trisha Yearwood) – 4:12
  10. "White Flag" (Kennedy, Kirkpatrick) – 4:43
  11. "Digging for Gold" (Kennedy, Kirkpatrick) – 5:08
  12. "Maybe" (Kennedy, Phil Madeira) – 5:11
  13. "My Love Tells Me So" (Kennedy, Kirkpatrick, Sims) – 4:33

Chart performance[edit]

Garth Brooks in.... The Life of Chris Gaines peaked at No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard 200, and peaked at No. 5 on the Canadian Albums Chart. In November 1999, it was Certified 2 x Platinum by the RIAA.



  1. ^ Shelly Fabian. "Garth Brooks - 'Garth Brooks... in the Life of Chris Gaines'". Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  2. ^ Greatest Hits at AllMusic
  3. ^ Stephen Thompson (2002-04-19). "Garth Brooks: In The Life Of Chris Gaines". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  4. ^ Christopher Thelen (1999-10-13). "The Daily Vault Music Reviews : Chris Gaines Greatest Hits (aka In The Life Of Chris Gaines)". The Daily Vault. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  5. ^ David Browne (1999-10-01). "In... The Life of Chris Gaines Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  6. ^ a b "Garth Brooks - In The Life Of Chris Gaines CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  7. ^ Nikki Tranter (1999-09-27). "Garth Brooks: In the Life of Chris Gaines". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  8. ^ Robert Christgau. "CG: Garth Brooks". Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  9. ^ David Wild (1999-10-28). "Garth Brooks: In...The Life Of Chris Gaines". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-11-13. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
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  12. ^ "Hits of the World - Ireland". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 30 October 1999. p. 43. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Album Info: In the Life of Chris Gaines". Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  14. ^ "Canadian Recording Industry Association: Certification Results- February 15, 2010". CRIA. Archived from the original on September 23, 2012. Retrieved 2010-02-15. 
  15. ^ "Gold & Platinum - February 12, 2010". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 

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