Sevens is the eighth studio album by American country music artist Garth Brooks. It was released on November 25, 1997, and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, and on the Top Country Albums chart. The album also topped the Country album charts in Britain for several months and crossed over into the mainstream pop charts. His duet with Trisha Yearwood, "In Another's Eyes", won the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals at the Grammy Awards of 1998. Sevens was nominated for the Best Country Album Grammy the following year.

Sevens
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 25, 1997
StudioJack's Tracks Recording Studio, Nashville
Genre
Length46:01
LabelCapitol Nashville
ProducerAllen Reynolds
Garth Brooks chronology
Fresh Horses
(1995)
Sevens
(1997)
The Limited Series
(1998)
Singles from Sevens
  1. "Longneck Bottle"
    Released: November 22, 1997
  2. "She's Gonna Make It"
    Released: January 15, 1998
  3. "Two Piña Coladas"
    Released: March 16, 1998
  4. "You Move Me"
    Released: August 24, 1998
  5. "Do What You Gotta Do"
    Released: January 3, 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Consumer GuideB[3]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[4]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[5]

777,777 copies of Sevens were marked as First Editions. These albums have a gold seal on the CD booklet and a similar mark on the CD itself. Canadian versions of the albums have a maple leaf shaped seal on the cover. First Editions were not released outside of North America.

BackgroundEdit

Brooks commented on the album by saying:

"I'm proud, I'm excited, I'm nervous, and it feels good to be back in the game again. This is a very personal album. I only wrote six of the songs, but there are many that are so 'me' that people I work with every day thought I wrote them."[6]

Track listingsEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Longneck Bottle"Rick Carnes / Steve Wariner2:17
2."How You Ever Gonna Know"Kent Blazy / Garth Brooks3:36
3."She's Gonna Make It"K. Blazy / G. Brooks / Kim Williams2:46
4."I Don't Have to Wonder"Shawn Camp / Taylor Dunn3:05
5."Two Piña Coladas"S. Camp / Benita Hill / Sandy Mason3:35
6."Cowboy Cadillac"G. Brooks / Brian Kennedy2:48
7."Fit For a King"Carl Jackson / Jim Rushing3:59
8."Do What You Gotta Do"Pat Flynn2:58
9."You Move Me"Gordon Kennedy / Peirce Pettis4:33
10."In Another's Eyes"G. Brooks / John Peppard / Bobby Wood3:34
11."When There's No One Around"Tim O'Brien / Darrell Scott3:29
12."A Friend to Me"G. Brooks / Victoria Shaw3:06
13."Take the Keys to My Heart"B. Hill / Tommy Smith / Pam Wolfe2:32
14."Belleau Wood"G. Brooks / Joe Henry3:28
Total length:45:46
  • A music video was made for "I Don't Have to Wonder", even though it was not released as a single. It was directed by Jon Small and Garth Brooks.

CreditsEdit

TechnicalEdit

  • Recorded and Mixed by Mark Miller
  • Recorded at Jack's Tracks Recording Studio
  • Assisted by Duke Duczer and Joe Hayden
  • Strings recorded at Javelina Studios
  • Mastered at Georgetown Masters by Denny Purcell
  • Digital editing by Carlos Grier

PersonnelEdit

The following credits are sourced from liner notes.[7]

  • Susan Ashton – backing vocals ("She's Gonna Make It", "You Move Me")
  • Sam Bacco – percussion ("You Move Me", "Belleau Wood"), congas ("She's Gonna Make It")
  • Bruce Boutonpedal steel guitar
  • Garth Brooks – lead and backing vocals
  • Sam Bush – background vocals ("Do What You Gotta Do"), mandolin ("Do What You Gotta Do", "When There's No One Around")
  • Shawn Camp – acoustic guitar ("Two Piña Coladas")
  • Mark Casstevens – acoustic guitar
  • Mike Chapman – bass guitar
  • John Cowan – backing vocals ("Do What You Gotta Do")
  • Béla Fleck – banjo
  • Pat Flynn – acoustic guitar ("Do What You Gotta Do")
  • Dave Gant – keyboards, fiddle, backing vocals
  • James Garver – electric guitar, percussion, backing vocals
  • Kevin "Swine" Grantt – bass guitar ("Fit for a King")
  • Mark Greenwood – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Rob Hajacos – fiddle
  • Randy Hardison – drums ("Fit for a King")
  • Lona Heins – background vocals ("Fit for a King")
  • Randy Howard – fiddle ("Fit for a King")
  • Carl Jackson – acoustic guitar, backing vocals ("Fit for a King")
  • Chris Leuzinger – electric and classical guitars
  • Steve McClure – pedal steel and electric guitars
  • Jimmy Mattingly – fiddle, acoustic guitar
  • Edgar Meyerdouble bass ("Belleau Wood")
  • Debbie Nims – acoustic guitar, mandolin, backing vocals
  • Jim Ed Norman – string arrangements, conductor
  • Mike Palmer – drums, percussion
  • Al Perkinsdobro ("Fit for a King")
  • Milton Sledge – drums, percussion
  • Catherine Styron – piano ("Fit for a King")
  • Steve Wariner – acoustic guitar, backing vocals ("Longneck Bottle")
  • Bobby Wood – piano, keyboard
  • Trisha Yearwood – duet vocals ("In Another's Eyes")
  • Nashville String Machinestrings

Crowd vocals on "Two Piña Coladas": Dorothy "The Birthday Girl" Robinson, Charles Green, Mat Lindsey, Sandy Mason, Shawn Camp, Big Al, "Double D", Sam "The Man" Duczer, Garth Brooks

Chart performanceEdit

Sevens debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, becoming his fifth, and number one on the Top Country Albums, becoming his seventh Country number-one album. In November 2006, Sevens was certified 10× Platinum by the RIAA.

Decade-end chartsEdit

Chart (1990–1999) Position
US Billboard 200[21] 42

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Robert Christgau Consumer Guide". Robertchristgau.com. 1992-11-10. Retrieved 2013-07-08.
  4. ^ Alanna Nash (1997-11-28). "Entertainment Weekly review". Ew.com. Retrieved 2013-07-08.
  5. ^ Garth Brooks (1998-01-22). "Rolling Stone review". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on November 14, 2007. Retrieved 2013-07-08.
  6. ^ http://www.planetgarth.com/albums/sevens.php
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  17. ^ "Accreditations 1997 Albums - Australian Record Industry Association". Ariacharts.com.au. Retrieved 2010-02-15.
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  20. ^ "Gold & Platinum - February 12, 2010". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-02-12.
  21. ^ 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.