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, Tom Lord-Alge
REO Speedwagon chronology
The Hits
(1988)
The Earth, a Small Man, His Dog and a Chicken
(1990)
Building the Bridge
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Entertainment Weekly C+ link

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.[1] 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.

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

Personnel[edit]

REO Speedwagon[2]

Charts[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Albums (Seventh ed.). Record Research. ISBN 978-0-89820-183-3. 
  2. ^ REO Speedwagon — The Earth, a Small Man, His Dog and a Chicken. Sony Music Entertainment. 1990. p. 3. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Artist Chart History – REO Speedwagon". Billboard charts. Retrieved 2016-10-07. 
  4. ^ Hung Medien. "REO Speedwagon - The Earth, a Small Man, His Dog and a Chicken". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2015-02-01. 
  5. ^ "Song artist 610 - REO Speedwagon". TsorT. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ "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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