Garth Brooks (album)

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Garth Brooks
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 12, 1989
RecordedJack's Tracks Recording Studios, late 1987 - early 1988
LabelCapitol Nashville
ProducerAllen Reynolds
Garth Brooks chronology
Garth Brooks 'No Fences
Singles from Garth Brooks
  1. "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)"
    Released: March 6, 1989
  2. "If Tomorrow Never Comes"
    Released: August 21, 1989
  3. "Not Counting You"
    Released: January 8, 1990
  4. "The Dance"
    Released: April 30, 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune3.5/4 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[3]

Garth Brooks is the eponymous debut studio album of American country music artist Garth Brooks, released on April 12, 1989 through Capitol Nashville. It was both a critical and chart success, peaking at #13 on the Billboard 200. On the Top Country Albums chart the album peaked at #2 for eight weeks behind Clint Black's Killin' Time.[4] In 2006 Garth Brooks was certified Diamond by the RIAA for shipments of 10 million copies in the US.

This album contains Brooks' earliest hits, for instance his first ever single, "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)", which peaked at #8 on the Country Billboard Charts in 1989. It put the name of an independent cowboy singer, Chris LeDoux, into the mainstream due to the lyric "The worn out tape of Chris LeDoux" Two other strong starts include his first #1, "If Tomorrow Never Comes" and the Academy of Country Music's 1990 Song of the Year and Video of the Year, "The Dance" (another #1).

Background[change | change source]

Brooks commented on the album, saying:

This album was released in April 1989, in the States. Definitely scared to death. I thought the album was very very innocent. And I gotta be truthful with you, every time I hear those songs off the radio or off the album itself, or even when we play them live. I really get that same kind of scared feeling, that I had, way back in 1988, and 1989. Whether you get the album or not, or whether you have the album or not. Thanks, for just, the interest. That first album is always a big one for any artist and I, without trying to sound egotistical, I'm very proud of my first one.[5]

Track listing[change | change source]

Original Release

  1. "Not Counting You" (Garth Brooks) – 2:30
  2. "I've Got a Good Thing Going" (Larry Bastian, Sandy Mahl, Brooks) – 2:50
  3. "If Tomorrow Never Comes" (Kent Blazy, Brooks) – 3:37
  4. "Everytime That It Rains" (Charley Stefl, Ty England, Brooks) – 4:07
  5. "Alabama Clay" (Larry Cordle, Ronny Scaife) – 3:35
  6. "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)" (Randy Taylor, Brooks) – 2:53
  7. "Cowboy Bill" (Bastian, Ed Berghoff) – 4:28
  8. "Nobody Gets Off in This Town" (Bastian, DeWayne Blackwell) – 2:17
  9. "I Know One" (Jack Clement) – 2:49
  10. "The Dance" (Tony Arata) – 3:37

Limited Series Release

  1. "Not Counting You"
  2. "I've Got a Good Thing Going"
  3. "Uptown Down Home Good Ol' Boy"
  4. "If Tomorrow Never Comes"
  5. "Everytime That It Rains"
  6. "Alabama Clay"
  7. "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)"
  8. "Cowboy Bill"
  9. "Nobody Gets Off in This Town"
  10. "I Know One"
  11. "The Dance"

Chart performance[change | change source]

Garth Brooks peaked at #13 on the U.S. Billboard 200, and peaked at #2 on the Top Country Albums.

Singles[change | change source]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country CAN Country UK
1989 "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)" 8 9
"If Tomorrow Never Comes" 1 2
1990 "Not Counting You" 2 1
"The Dance" 1 1 36

Personnel[change | change source]

  • Bruce Bouton - steel guitar
  • Garth Brooks - lead and backing vocals
  • Mark Casstevens - acoustic guitar
  • Mike Chapman - bass
  • Kathy Chiavola - backing vocals
  • Rob Hajacos - fiddle
  • Wendy Johnson - backing vocals
  • Chris Leuzinger - electric guitar
  • Jennifer O'Brien - backing vocals
  • Wayland Patton - backing vocals
  • Milton Sledge - drums
  • Hurshel Wiginton - backing vocals
  • Bobby Wood - keyboards, synthesizer
  • Trisha Yearwood - backing vocals
  • Nashville String Machine

Notable covers[change | change source]

Punk rock cover artists Me First and the Gimme Gimmes released a version of 'Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)' as the first track on their October 2006 album Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Love Their Country.

If 'Tomorrow Never Comes' has been covered by Ronan Keating (former lead singer of Irish group Boyzone)

References[change | change source]

  1. Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Garth Brooks at AllMusic. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  2. Hurst, Jack (April 6, 1989). "Garth Brooks (Capitol)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 13, 2013.
  3. 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.
  4. "Garth's Comeback Stalls". Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  5. "Garth's CD's". Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  6. 6.0 6.1 [1][dead link]
  7. "Gold & Platinum - February 12, 2010". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-02-12.