The Chase is the fourth studio album of American country music artist Garth Brooks. It was released on September 14, 1992 on Liberty Records and sold 403,000 copies in its first week,The Chase debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and Top Country Albums chart. and has been certified 9 x Platinum by the RIAA. It was also successful internationally, reaching #1 on the UK country albums chart and remained in the top ten for many months.
"Dixie Chicken" is a cover of the classic Little Feat song off of their 1973 album of the same name while "Night Rider's Lament" is a classic cowboy song that had been previously recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker and Chris LeDoux.
"The Chase is definitely the most personal album I think I've ever been involved with. This is as much me as anybody has ever seen. It was recorded at a time in my life that was probably the most trying time of my life. Not the fact that it was a hard time for me, I was just going through a lot of things at this time. Probably the biggest thing was expecting the birth of our first child Taylor. Was also in the business for record re-negotiations, we were remodeling our house. And still trying to go through the biggest tour I'd ever been on since Ropin' The Wind was seeing the success that it was. No Fences seemed to still be doing very well. So we were gone another 250 to 300 days out of the year. So, when you hear this album or snippets from it, and you hear things that are more, probably socially oriented as far as concerns of the world. And some things that are a little bit darker. That's probably 'cause that's where I was at that time. It was a big moment for me. And I gotta say of all the albums I've ever done, this one has the best writing on it, and probably the one that I feel the strongest about. I'm very proud and I love this album."
The Chase debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, becoming his second, and #1 on the Top Country Albums, becoming his third #1 Country album. This album was keeping Madonna's "Erotica" from taking the top spot. In November 2006, The Chase was certified 9 x Platinum by the RIAA
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 has since been part of subsequent releases of the album.