No Fences

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No Fences
Garth Brooks-No Fences (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Garth Brooks
Released August 27, 1990
Recorded 1989-1990
Studio Jack's Tracks Recording Studio, Nashville
Genre Country
Length 38:29
Label Capitol Nashville
Producer Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks chronology
Garth Brooks
(1989)Garth Brooks1989
No Fences
Ropin' the Wind
(1991)Ropin' the Wind1991
Singles from No Fences
  1. "Friends in Low Places"
    Released: August 6, 1990
  2. "Unanswered Prayers"
    Released: October 1990
  3. "Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House"
    Released: January 1991
  4. "The Thunder Rolls"
    Released: April 30, 1991
  5. "Wild Horses"
    Released: November 20, 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 4/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly A[3]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[5]

No Fences is the second studio album by the American country music artist Garth Brooks. It was released on August 27, 1990, and reached #1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. The album also reached #3 on the Billboard 200. On the latter chart it stayed in the top 40 for 126 weeks.[6] No Fences remains Brooks' best-selling studio album to date with 17 million copies shipped in the US,[7] and is the album that made him an international star. It was his first album issued in Europe (the original European release contained the four singles from his U.S. debut as bonus tracks). This was Garth's first album to have a crossover-friendly country-pop sound, which was a departure from the neotraditional country sound of his first album.


Some of Brooks' most famous songs appear on No Fences, including: "The Thunder Rolls" (CMA's 1991 Video of the Year), "Friends in Low Places" (Academy of Country Music's 1990 Single of the Year), "Unanswered Prayers" and "Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House". A cover version of The Fleetwoods' "Mr. Blue" appears on the album. The album itself was named Album of the Year by the ACM in 1990. It reached Number 1 on the British country music charts (earning Brooks his first gold album in that country) and remained charted for over five years.

The track "Victim of the Game" was later covered by Brooks's friend and future wife Trisha Yearwood for her 1991 eponymous debut album.

Brooks later re-recorded the track "Wild Horses", and released the new recording as a single in early 2001, reaching #7 on the country chart.

25th anniversary reissue[edit]

In September 2015, it was announced No Fences would be reissued later in the year to commemorate its 25-year release anniversary. The release would include a new version of "Friends in Low Places", featuring George Strait, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, and Keith Urban singing along with Brooks. The album release has since been delayed due to royalty disputes.[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Thunder Rolls" (Pat Alger, Garth Brooks) – 3:42
  2. "New Way to Fly" (Kim Williams, Brooks) – 3:54
  3. "Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House" (Bobby Boyd, Warren Haynes, Dennis Robbins) – 2:31
  4. "Victim of the Game" (Mark D. Sanders, Brooks) – 3:06
  5. "Friends in Low Places" (Dewayne Blackwell, Earl "Bud" Lee) – 4:18
  6. "This Ain't Tennessee" (Jim Shaw, Larry Bastian) - 4:08A
  7. "Wild Horses" (Bill Shore, David Wills) – 3:08
  8. "Unanswered Prayers" (Alger, Larry Bastian, Brooks) – 3:23
  9. "Same Old Story" (Tony Arata) – 2:52
  10. "Mr. Blue" (Blackwell) – 3:16
  11. "Wolves" (Stephanie Davis) – 4:08

AThis track was not on the original release of the album. It first appeared when the album was re-released as part of Brooks' first Limited Series box set collection, and remained part of subsequent releases of the album until 2014, when it was released digitally for the first time.


The following credits are sourced from liner notes included with the album's release.[9]

Backing and harmony vocalists
Recording personnel
  • Denny Purcell - mastering engineer
  • Mark Miller - recording and mixing engineer
  • Dan Heins - harmony and backing vocals, audio engineer


Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Talk To Me" by Frances Black
Irish Albums Chart
7 April 1994 – 5 May 1994 (4 weeks)
26 May 1994 - 16th June 1994 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Talk To Me" by Frances Black
"Music for the Jilted Generation" by The Prodigy
Preceded by
Killin' Time by Clint Black
Top Country Albums number-one album
October 13 - November 24, 1990
Succeeded by
Heroes & Friends by Randy Travis
Preceded by
Heroes & Friends by Randy Travis
Top Country Albums number-one album
December 1–22, 1990
Succeeded by
Put Yourself in My Shoes by Clint Black
Preceded by
Put Yourself in My Shoes by Clint Black
Top Country Albums number-one album
February 9 - May 18, 1991
Succeeded by
Eagle When She Flies by Dolly Parton
Preceded by
Eagle When She Flies by Dolly Parton
Top Country Albums number-one album
May 25 - September 28, 1991
Succeeded by
Ropin' The Wind by Garth Brooks
Preceded by
Killin' Time by Clint Black
Top Country Albums number-one album of the year
Succeeded by
Ropin' the Wind by Garth Brooks


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[15] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[16] 7× Platinum 700,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[17] 5× Platinum 75,000^
United States (RIAA)[18] 17× Platinum 17,000,000^
Worldwide 23,000,000

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Coleman, Kathy. "Garth Brooks - 'No Fences'". Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (1990-08-27). "No Fences - Garth Brooks". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  3. ^ Alanna Nash (1990-09-21). "No Fences Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Garth Brooks". Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Albums, 3rd edition, Billboard Books, 1995, p. 46.
  7. ^ "RIAA – Searchable Database". Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  8. ^ Newman, Melinda. "Garth Brooks' All-Star 'Friends in Low Places' & Album Reissue On Hold Over Royalty Dispute: Exclusive". Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  9. ^ No Fences (CD). Garth Brooks. Capitol Records. 1990. 93866. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Hits of the World - Eurochart". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 17 May 1994. p. 43. 
  12. ^ "Hits of the World - Ireland". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 23 April 1994. p. 47. 
  13. ^ a b "No Fences - Garth Brooks". Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  14. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Garth Brooks – No Fences". Music Canada. 
  17. ^ "Irish album certifications – Garth Brooks – No Fences". Irish Recorded Music Association. 
  18. ^ "American album certifications – Garth Brooks – No Fences". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH