In the Life of Chris Gaines

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Barnes & Noble - Seth Kaufman
It would have been a cinch for Garth Brooks to cut another guaranteed multi-platinum country album and reap the rewards. CHRIS GAINES: GREATEST HITS isn't a country album. At the very least, Brooks's foray into the rock and R&B styles of the past three decades demands fans and detractors alike to question their deeply held perceptions of him. What it all means may not be apparent for some time, but a tip of the Stetson to Garth nonetheless for having the brass cojones to challenge himself along the way. A collection of Don Was-produced fictional greatest hits performed by a fictional doomed rock star named Chris Gaines, whom Brooks will portray in an upcoming film ...
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Barnes & Noble - Seth Kaufman
It would have been a cinch for Garth Brooks to cut another guaranteed multi-platinum country album and reap the rewards. CHRIS GAINES: GREATEST HITS isn't a country album. At the very least, Brooks's foray into the rock and R&B styles of the past three decades demands fans and detractors alike to question their deeply held perceptions of him. What it all means may not be apparent for some time, but a tip of the Stetson to Garth nonetheless for having the brass cojones to challenge himself along the way. A collection of Don Was-produced fictional greatest hits performed by a fictional doomed rock star named Chris Gaines, whom Brooks will portray in an upcoming film titled "The Lamb," this is, as the company line has it, a "pre-soundtrack." So what's behind the music of "Gaines"? Overt echoes of the Beatles, the Wallflowers particularly on "Unsigned Letter," with Brooks's breathy vocal and the [Jakob] Dylanesque wordplay, ELO, The Carpenters, Stevie Wonder, and on through to the Average White Band map his '70s and '80s pop sensibilities. The Garth we know surfaces only on a couple of occasions, those being a twangy, sensitive ballad, "It Don't Matter to the Sun," and a deep-in-the-silky-groove boudoir confessional, "Lost In You." Was's production is immaculate and imaginative with all sorts of background commentary going on to add depth to the soundscape, and the album's content is nobly tenderhearted. Judging by his past, this Gaines fella might just have a future after all.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When his popularity reached a plateau in the late '90s, Garth Brooks knew it was time to try something new, deciding to become somebody new: Chris Gaines, a brooding, leather-clad rock star. When Brooks' new persona and his album was revealed to the public, they were unforgiving - they didn't think that he was playing a role, they simply though he'd lost his mind. Granted, the story behind Chris Gaines -- both the invented biography and the reasons why Brooks decided to become Gaines -- is more interesting than the record itself. Instead of encapsulating mainstream pop from the mid-'80s through the end of the '90s, thereby sounding like a true "greatest hits," it's basically the state of adult pop at the close of the '90s. Essentially, the record is anchored in the acoustic balladry Babyface constructed for Eric Clapton's "Change the World," with little touches of Mellencamp rock, lite Prince funk, and Beatlesque pop-craft. While the tunes might not have much flair, they're all sturdy, whether it's the silky ballad "Lost in You," the self-conscious Beatles tribute "Maybe," the folky "It Don't Matter to the Sun," or the Wallflowers-styled "Unsigned Letter." Judged as Brooks' first pop album, it's pretty good, and if it had been released that way, it likely would have been embraced by a wide audience. As it stands, it's an album more fascinating for what it is than for the music itself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/1999
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724352005123
  • Catalog Number: 20051

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 That's the Way I Remember It (4:29)
  2. 2 Lost in You (3:05)
  3. 3 Snow in July (4:20)
  4. 4 Driftin' Away (4:56)
  5. 5 Way of the Girl (3:44)
  6. 6 Unsigned Letter (4:17)
  7. 7 It Don't Matter to the Sun (4:21)
  8. 8 Right Now (3:24)
  9. 9 Main Street (4:12)
  10. 10 White Flag (4:43)
  11. 11 Digging for Gold (5:08)
  12. 12 Maybe (5:11)
  13. 13 My Love Tells Me So (4:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Garth Brooks Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Jack Jezzro Bass
Matt Rollings Keyboards
Phil Madeira Organ, Hammond Organ
David Angell Violin
Kenny Aronoff Drums
Jeff Bailey Trumpet
Eddie Bayers Drums
Lenny Castro Percussion
John Catchings Cello
David Davidson Violin
Connie Ellisor Violin
Carl Gorodetzky Violin
Barry Green Trombone
Jim Grosjean Viola
Mike Haynes Trumpet
Mark Heimermann Vocals
James "Hutch" Hutchinson Bass
Rami Jaffee Organ, Hammond Organ
Gordon Kennedy Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Wayne Kirkpatrick Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Clavinet
Anthony LaMarchina Cello
Lee Larrison Violin
Mike Lawler Keyboards, Clavinet
Carl Marsh Horn
Bob Mason Cello
Blair Masters Keyboards
Chris McDonald Trombone
Chris McHugh Percussion, Drums
Terry McMillan Percussion
The Nashville String Machine Strings
Craig Nelson Bass
Greg Phillinganes Keyboards
Tommy Sims Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass
Liz Stewart Bass
Crystal Taliefero Background Vocals
Chris Teal Violin
Alan Umstead Violin
Catherine Umstead Violin
Gary VanOsdale Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Violin
Kris Wilkinson Viola
Reggie Young Electric Guitar
Joann Cruthirds Violin
Dan Needham Drums
Gil Long Tuba
Monisa Angell Viola
Karen Winkelmann Violin
Julie Tanner Cello
Bruce Christensen Viola
Cate Myer Violin
Gerald Greer Violin
Betty Small Violin
Janet Askey Violin
Carolyn Wann Violin
Margaret Mason Cello
Jennifer Kummer French Horn
Linda Patterson French Horn
Denise Baker Violin
Lynn Peithman Cello
Beverly Drukker Violin
Christopher Farrell Viola
Ferne Cassel cast
Kelly Shane Voices
Chris Harris Vocals
Jocelyn Sprouse Violin
Technical Credits
Phil Madeira Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Dave Anderson Contributor
Steve Bishir Engineer
Don Cobb Digital Editing
Carlton "Santa" Davis Producer
Carlos Grier Digital Editing
Wayne Kirkpatrick drum programming
Carl Marsh Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
George Massenburg Engineer
Chris McHugh drum programming
Rik Pekkonen Engineer
Denny Purcell Mastering
Tommy Sims drum programming
Don Was Producer
Jerry Joyner Artwork
Glenn Spinner Engineer
Eric Conn Digital Editing
J.B. Baird Engineer
David Anderson Contributor
Melissa Orndorff Wardrobe Assistant
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Its about the music

    I think the fact remains that Garth Brooks is an ubelievably talented musician, who took a chance to make a truely diverse album. It goes completely beyond what he normally sings, I myself adore this album and think it is well worth the money spent. It may not be up to his normal style, and maybe its not an album that has a chance at breaking any records. Music should not be about making a number one selling album, but about the music and the heart put into it. Garth proved this by making the Chris Gaines Cd, I for one thank him for always putting his heart and soul into his music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE THIS ALBUM!

    I, like most people, was skeptical when I first heard about this new venture of Garths. However, I decided to buy the CD and I was amazed at what I heard. It is a great album. I can listen to every song and not get tired of them. It amazed me when I first heard it that it was Garth, but it is awesome. I love this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT!!!

    I loved this album! It has some wonderful and soulful hits! It's VERY romantic! You MUST BUY this CD!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really good CD

    I really liked this cd. I must admit that I'm not a country fan, but I am a Garth Brooks fan. I really like his voice on this cd. My favorite song is Snow in July. I recommend people give a listen to it and they just might be surprised.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Skeptic turns praise

    I admit that when I first heard of this strange approach of cutting this CD, I thought Garth had either FLIPPED HIS LID or his ego needed to finally break into the pop charts. Being a big GB fan since the beer tent days at the Colorado State Fair, I have always liked his edgy style but I thought this had gone to far. Then I got the CD, WOW, GB strikes again. The music reminds me of younger and less conservative days. Mr. Brooks you are not only the best entertainer of our times but also a marketing genius.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Something Wonderful & Different

    As a Garth fan from the U.K. I have to say that this album, was a bit of a suprise. But what a suprise, not only does it show Garth tremendous talents in different types of Music (R&B/Rock/Pop). It also shows that he isn't interested in just keeping his existing fan base happy, as this album will appeal to those who may not be country orientated. Rock on Garth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not a bad album....

    I have heard the critics slam this album and friends of mine praise this album, so it was time that I found out for myself. I certainly don't think that it is at the level of Garths country albums, but I did enjoy listening to the album. It doesn't have the power of some of his other works, but I think that that is why this is an enjoyable album... It, for being rock, is more understated for all the hype that surrounded it. Congrats to Garth for even trying this. I like the album and would recommend it to others

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Who Needs Country?

    I know that Mr. Brooks has made his fortune as a Country artist and I will be unpopular by writing this, but I truly like this side of him. Creating another persona is fun and though I have heard Djs comment on the weirdness of it, I can understand why Garth created this character because of of his popularity as a Country singer. This character allows him to use no twang, something I prefer, and shows that Garth has talent in R&B/Rock/Pop that is so strong, that I hope this isn't his only effort. Yey...Garth! I love listening to you now!

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