In Pieces

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In Pieces
Garth Brooks In Pieces.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 31, 1993
RecordedJack's Tracks Recording Studio
ProducerAllen Reynolds
Garth Brooks chronology
The Chase
In Pieces
The Garth Brooks Collection
Singles from In Pieces
  1. "Ain't Going Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)"
    Released: July 26, 1993
  2. "American Honky-Tonk Bar Association"
    Released: September 7, 1993
  3. "Standing Outside the Fire"
    Released: December 13, 1993
  4. "One Night a Day"
    Released: May 2, 1994
  5. "Callin' Baton Rouge"
    Released: August 1, 1994
  6. "The Red Strokes"
    Released: November 15, 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[2]
Robert ChristgauA−[4]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[5]

In Pieces is the sixth studio album by American country music artist Garth Brooks. It was released on August 31, 1993. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums chart. It was also a huge hit outside the United States. In the United Kingdom it was Brooks' highest placed album on the charts. It reached the top ten of the country album charts before it was issued officially (due to imports from both the United States and Ireland). Critics felt that this would ruin the album's sales once it was issued. However, when it was eventually issued in Britain in early 1994 it went to #1 on the country charts and reached #2 in the pop charts and also produced two top 40 hit singles on the British pop charts.

The track "Callin' Baton Rouge" was previously a #37 peaking single in 1987 for the New Grass Revival, whose members back Brooks on his rendition. It was the first time the group had recorded together since they disbanded in 1989.

In an interview with BBC Radio DJ Richard Wooton, Brooks stated that the track "The Cowboy Song" (which was composed in 1987 by Roy Robinson) was found in a trash can by someone on his team who liked the song and played the track to him.


Brooks commented on the album saying:

"In Pieces was just time to smile. It was time to laugh, it was time to get loud. It's definitely the most live album that we've ever cut. I think the band went to a different level on this. They seemed to play more like a band that had been together for years than studio musicians that come together and play at time to time. So this one is all there for me. I like to listen to it loud, and I just love the stuff like Baton Rouge and Ain't Going Down Til The Sun Comes Up. From One Night A Day, all the way to the very last song, The Cowboy Song, which is definitely my favorite off In Pieces and it will stand up with anything that I have cut over the past five years. Like the other things, I'm very proud of this one and I hope you like it."[6]

Track listing[edit]

The track ordering has varied on different releases of this album.

Original release[edit]

1."Standing Outside the Fire"Garth Brooks / Jenny Yates3:55
2."The Night I Called the Old Man Out"Pat Alger / G. Brooks / Kim Williams3:12
3."American Honky-Tonk Bar Association"Bryan Kennedy / Jim Rushing3:33
4."One Night a Day"Gary Burr / Pete Wasner4:07
5."Kickin' and Screamin'"Tony Arata4:03
6."Ain't Going Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)"Keny Blazy / G. Brooks / K. Williams4:33
7."The Red Strokes"G. Brooks / James Garver / Lisa Sanderson / J. Yates3:44
8."Callin' Baton Rouge"Dennis Linde2:33
9."The Night Will Only Know"G. Brooks / Stephanie Davis / J. Yates3:47
10."The Cowboy Song"Roy Robinson3:52
Total length:37:19

Limited series[edit]

  1. "Standing Outside the Fire"
  2. "The Night I Called the Old Man Out"
  3. "American Honky-Tonk Bar Association"
  4. "One Night a Day"
  5. "Kickin' and Screamin'"
  6. "Anonymous" (Tony Arata, Jon Schwabe) – 2:55
  7. "Ain't Going Down ('Til The Sun Comes Up)"
  8. "The Red Strokes"
  9. "Callin' Baton Rouge"
  10. "The Night Will Only Know"
  11. "The Cowboy Song"

The Remastered series[edit]

  1. "Standing Outside the Fire"
  2. "The Night I Called the Old Man Out"
  3. "American Honky-Tonk Bar Association"
  4. "One Night a Day"
  5. "Ain't Going Down ('Til The Sun Comes Up)"
  6. "Anonymous"
  7. "Kickin' and Screamin'"
  8. "The Red Strokes"
  9. "Callin' Baton Rouge"
  10. "The Night Will Only Know"
  11. "The Cowboy Song"



In Pieces debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, becoming his third, and #1 on the Top Country Albums, becoming his fourth #1 Country album. In July 1998, In Pieces was certified 8 x Platinum by the RIAA.

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Provider Certification Sales/shipments
Australia ARIA 2 x Platinum [14] 140,000
Brazil ABPD Gold[15] 100,000
Canada CRIA 5 x Platinum [16] 500,000
Ireland IRMA 4 x Platinum 60,000
Japan Oricon N/A[17] 10,000
New Zealand NZ Gold[18] 7,500
Spain PROMUSICAE N/A[17] 20,000
United Kingdom BPI Gold[19] 100,000
United States RIAA 8 x Platinum[20] 8,000,000
Worldwide 8,937,500


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