CD Fresh Horses [Pearl] (CD 1187515),
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Fresh Horses [Pearl]
1. Old Stuff, The
2. Cowboys and Angels
3. Fever, The
4. That Ol' Wind
6. Change, The
7. Beaches of Cheyenne, The
8. To Make You Feel My Love
9. It's Midnight Cinderella
10. She's Every Woman
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 6001
Personnel includes: Garth Brooks (vocals); Mark Casstevens, Leigh Reynolds (acoustic guitar); Chris Leuzinger, Gordon Kennedy (electric guitar); Bruce Bouton (steel guitar); Rob Hajacos, Jimmy Mattingly (fiddle); Ed Foote (hurdy
gurdy); Bobby Wood (piano, organ, keyboards); Mike Chapman (bass); Milton Sledge (drums, percussion); Sam Bacco (percussion); Trisha Yearwood, Susan Ashton (background vocals).
Recorded at Jack's Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee.
Personnel: Garth Brooks (acoustic guitar); Leigh Reynolds, Mark Casstevens (acoustic guitar); Chris Leuzinger, Gordon Kennedy (electric guitar); Bruce Bouton (steel guitar); Ed Foote (hurdy-gurdy); Rob Hajacos, Jimmy Mattingly (fiddle); The Nashville String Machine (strings); Bobby Wood (piano, organ, keyboards); Milton Sledge (drums, percussion); Sam Bacco (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Mark Miller .
Recording information: Jack's Tracks Recording Studio, Nashville, TN.
Photographers: Beverly Parker; Virginia Team.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Connie Ellisor; John Catchings; Kristin Wilkinson; Jim Grosjean; Robert Mason ; Mary Kathryn Van Osdale; Carl Gorodetzky; Pamela Sixfin; David Davidson ; Lee Larrison; Alan Umstead; David Angell; Catherine Umstead; Gary VanOsdale.
Loaded with the populist and humanist touches that differentiate his brand of modern country from that of the Nashville boy-crooners riding his coat-tails, FRESH HORSES continues Garth Brooks' streak of exciting, fresh-faced albums. It's not just that the Oklahoma-born singer has created a platform that offers something for every country music connoisseur--the instrumentation and song structures nod toward the traditional, the booming sound hints at southern fried and arena-rock, the lyrical stance is as progressive as Music City gets--but the fact that Brooks clearly reaches out to each of these constituencies, and is quite natural doing it.
Among Garth's contributions to country has been the infusion of that old-time rock and roll spirit to Nashville's age-old conventions. On FRESH HORSES, Brooks once again drinks from that fruitful well with memorable results. "The Old Stuff" is a reminiscence about life on the road "back when the old stuff was new," and gives guitarists Chris Leuzinger and Gordon Kennedy some space to do a Silver Bullet Band-styled battle with Bobby Wood's keyboard; "The Fever" updates an old Aerosmith thrasher for the rodeo set; and "Rollin'," a portrait of a female trucker's life on the road, is a hard-driving piece of honky-tonk with a vocal that's pure Elvis.
That woman behind the wheel brings up another point that separates Brooks and FRESH HORSES from country's other hunk-alikes: the strength of his female characters. The fate-bitten, single mother nurturingly caring for her offspring ("That Ol' Wind"), the wife drifting into the sunset after the sudden demise of her one true love ("The Beaches Of Cheyenne") and the trucker choosing her own path rather than letting her man do it for her ("Rollin'") leap above easy cliches, and embody the respect Brooks approaches the so-called fairer sex with. This makes him not only a talented country star, but one who's easy to admire.
Spin (2/96, p.83) - 8 - Very Good - "...Brooks looks back to [the '70s] generation, to James Taylor...Kiss, Aerosmith, and Billy Joel...all not so much naive entertainers as exaggerated Everymen. But Brooks encompasses more Every- than any of them....To really hear him, you have to commit....You've got to throw yourself into the wind pouring out of Garth's upraised lungs. Elvis wouldn't have asked any less..."
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