The Earth, a Small Man, His Dog and a Chicken

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The Earth, a Small Man, His Dog and a Chicken
REO - The Earth A Small Man album cover.jpg
Original album artwork by Mark Ryden
Studio album by REO Speedwagon
Released August 30, 1990
Recorded 1989-90
Genre Rock
Length 46:26
Label Epic
Producer Kevin Cronin and Tom Lord-Alge
REO Speedwagon chronology
The Hits
The Earth, A Small Man, His Dog And A Chicken
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The Earth, a Small Man, His Dog and a Chicken is the thirteenth studio album by REO Speedwagon, and was released in 1990. To date, it's the last REO album to chart, peaking at #129 on the Billboard 200. The song "Love Is a Rock" reached #65 on Billboard's Hot 100, and "Live It Up" reached #6 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[1]

Following the departure of two long-time members, guitarist and songwriter Gary Richrath and drummer Alan Gratzer, more than half of the songs on this album were written or co-written by keyboardist Jesse Harms. It is also the first album to include guitarist Dave Amato and drummer Bryan Hitt.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Love Is a Rock"   Kevin Cronin 5:36
2. "The Heart Survives"   Cronin, Jesse Harms 4:50
3. "Live It Up"   Harms 4:00
4. "All Heaven Broke Loose"   Neal Doughty, Adrian Gurvitz, Harms 4:11
5. "Love in the Future"   Cronin, Tom Kelly 4:32
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Half Way"   Cronin, Harms, Mark Spiro 4:17
7. "Love to Hate"   Harms 4:09
8. "You Won't See Me"   Cronin 3:21
9. "Can't Lie to My Heart"   Cronin, Diane Warren 4:40
10. "L.I.A.R."   Dave Amato, Cronin, Doughty, Bruce Hall, Bryan Hitt 3:09
11. "Go for Broke"   Amato, Cronin, Hall, Harms 3:28



Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog #
USA August 30, 1990 Epic Records Stereo Vinyl E-45246
USA 1990 Epic Records Tape ET-45246
USA 1990 Epic Records CD EK45246


  1. ^ a b c d e "The Earth, A Small Man, His Dog And A Chicken Billboard Albums / Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2015-01-04. 
  2. ^ Hung Medien. "REO Speedwagon - The Earth, a Small Man, His Dog and a Chicken". Retrieved 2015-02-01. 
  3. ^ "Song artist 682 - REO Speedwagon". TsorT. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 52, No. 19, September 22, 1990". RPM. RPM Music Publications Ltd. September 22, 1990. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 

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