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Chris Gaines Greatest Hits

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  • Audio CD (September 28, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: September 28, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00000K29L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (510 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,199 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. That's The Way I Remember It
2. Lost In You - Garth Brooks
3. Snow In July
4. Driftin' Away
5. Way Of The Girl
6. Unsigned Letter
7. It Don't Matter To The Sun
8. Right Now
9. Main Street
10. White Flag
11. Digging For Gold
12. Maybe
13. My Love Tells Me So - Garth Brooks

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In... The Life of Chris Gaines is a way for Garth Brooks to indulge his rock-star fantasies without directly putting his country credibility on the line. This fictional greatest-hits album is supposedly a prequel to a movie (The Lamb) in which Brooks will assume the role of a mysterious Australian-born pop singer. The first single, "Lost in You," sounds like Kenny Loggins auditioning for a role in the Backstreet Boys. Gaines's other "hits" range from the funk-lite of "Snow in July" to the Prince-like "The Way of the Girl," the Beatlesesque "Maybe," and the blatant Wallflowers rip "Unsigned Letter." The tune on which Brooks most resembles the cat in the hat we all know is the melancholy ballad "It Don't Matter to the Sun." The most provocative tune is "Right Now," which interpolates (really) the Youngbloods' hippie classic "Get Together" with Cheryl Wheeler's antigun screed "If It Were Up to Me." As himself, Garth Brooks has sold almost 100 million albums. If he's lucky, many of those fans will forgive him for Chris Gaines. --Rick Mitchell

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Garth Brooks ~ Chris Gaines Greatist Hits

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Idea Gone Bad. September 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
"Garth Brooks In The Life Of Chris Gaines" is probably the most misunderstood album by the legendary Country music artist. The original idea behind the Chris Gaines project was made in conjunction with an idea for a feature length film entitled "The Lamb". Brooks' plan was to release the music by the fictional rock star Gaines prior to the film so that audiences would be familiar with the character by the time the movie would materialize. Unfortunately, Brooks' script for "The Lamb" was ultimately rejected. The film never went into production and the Chris Gaines album became the biggest failure of Garth Brooks' career. This is a sad thing because in actuality, the Chris Gaines album is quite good.
Unlike his usual Country style, the Chris Gaines album shows Garth Brooks displaying another side to his musical personality, his 'rocker' side. Influences like Billy Joel, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and Bob Dylan all come across in a big way here. Soulful ballads such as the hit 'Lost In You' and the emotional-driven "Driftin' Away" show off a more tender side to Brooks' singing voice (without the Country twang). There's even a slight hint of 'social awareness' in the song "Right Now" which includes the chorus of the '60s hippie anthem "Let's Get Together". Heavier tracks such as the funky "Snow In July" the Wallflowers-esque "Unsigned Letter, "White Flag" and the Fleetwood Mac-inspired "digging for Gold" show Brooks fully rocking out like he's never done before and he does a great job of it too. Not to be outdone, the ballad ?It Don?t Matter To The Sun? is a definitive Garth song which shows more of the style that he is known for.
It's unfortunate that people didn't seem to get it when Garth Brooks released this album.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A drastically underrated CD... June 3, 2002
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When this CD first came out, I had only heard its biggest hit, "Lost in You," and didn't realize that it was Garth Brooks or that it was part of this unorthodox project. That song alone made me want to buy the CD, and I have listened to it regularly over the past two years. It's easy for us to comment today about what would or would not have been popular over the past 20 years, because we have such imperfect memories. We can say these songs could never have been hits and that they lack anything remarkable, but then again, how can you explain Men at Work, Men Without Hats and Devo?
The songwriting team of Wayne Kirkpatrick, Gordon Kennedy and Tommy Sims (which won a Grammy for the Eric Clapton hit, "Change the World") also provided most of the studio work and background vocals. And one of the key producers was Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. This was not a half-effort, but instead was a genuine attempt on Brooks' behalf to do something new and unusual. Perhaps his greatest miscalculation was thinking that music fans -- including his most loyal -- would accept something so radically different. Rather, people have lashed out at him for this project as though he betrayed them, to the extent that the accompanying movie project (in which Garth would NOT have starred) has been shelved, if not scrapped.
For all of its flaws, "In the Life of Chris Gaines" is a grossly underrated album which deserves a listen on its own merits, of which there are many.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Don't Listen to Country-Western Music or Garth Brooks December 18, 2002
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I inadvertently discovered Garth Brooks via this recording. This is because I don't own a single country-western album nor do I listen to country-western. Thus, Brooks was unknown to me. I picked this up in the library as a rock album and enjoyed it enormously. I then read about it and discovered that it was a country-western singer, Garth Brooks, doing the entire rock n' roll album under another name, the fictional Chris Gaines. I've since listened to some of Brooks's other albums (also from the library) and I like him a lot when he veers away from country-western into more of the rock mode. When he is in solid country-western mode, I can do without his singing. So if you are a country-western fan, you may well hate this album. If you are more of a rock or pop fan, Brooks is a really good discovery for you if you are willing to sort through his music, picking out the rock and pop and leaving the country-western in his albums. You can find 2-3 good songs an album doing this generally (on one I found an absolutely bang-up version of "Mr. Blue" and on another my absolute Brooks favorite, "I'm Head Over Heels in Love"). This particular album of his fits me best though because there is NO country-western music on it. So I like ALL of it. I am one of those people for whom virtually all country-western music sounds the same. I am beginning to enjoy aspects of C-W when rock and pop singers incorporate elements of it into their own genres, with Mark Knopfler perhaps doing that best. As a musical hybrid only, I'm liking country-western as it joins onto other musical forms. Brooks also has begun to branch out by appearing with other singers, such as Billy Joel. Read more ›
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Great Idea Poorly Executed December 8, 1999
By Mookie
Format:Audio CD
I couldn't wait to hear this CD. I've never been a Garth fan or country fan, but I love all types of music and love to hear artists challenge themselves. Having said that, this album is the audio equivalent of watching Michael Jordan play baseball. I gave the disc two stars. Garth is a talented enough musician that even his worst is worth one star. He earned his second star just by doing this project. The guy doesn't have to ever record again. He could retire and go play Nintendo. Instead, he decided to have fun. The problem is that it's not as much fun for the listener as it was for him. Here's the situation: Garth took off 20 pounds (!) and put on funky clothes and wigs to become a different character named Chris Gaines. Gaines was to be his "rock" persona. The pictures are brilliant. Gaines looks like he might fit on a mix-tape with the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, maybe even Beck. The hysterically funny bio inside tells a different story. We're supposed to believe that Chris was part of a pop boy-band in the late 80's who went his own way and sounds a lot like Prince. Mind you, both these possibilities are intriguing and I couldn't wait to hear Garth get goth and/or funky. So what does Chris Gaines actually sound like? Imagine if Dan Fogelberg was still kicking. If Cat Stevens hadn't found Islam. If Harry Chapin had lived. Only one song on this whole CD sounds like it could have been popular in the 80's. The rest sound like mid-to-late 70's country-pop. The sad thing is, I think Garth thinks he made a huge leap from his usual fare. He learned to do some different things with his voice, he hired "rock" musicians (i.e. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars worst album?! this was great! misunderstood is right!
This is one of the best "albums," wish he'd do more Chris Gaines-style! Can't believe how little credit this CD received, even being panned! there are some awesome songs!
Published 4 days ago by Kim Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Gaines
I had not heard of Chris Gaines until I did a little research on Garth Brooks. I bought this on a bit of a whim, being a Brooks fan. Didn't know what to expect. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Star
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Purchase
It was what I expected great It is nice to hear Garth sing other than country. If you are a Garth Brooks lover I would buy this.
Published 6 months ago by Jackie benard
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, I wish he would embrace it
Probably oneof my all time favorite albums. I will never understand why Garth disowned it. Such a great piece of work, I wish he would finish the project!
Published 6 months ago by Silasil
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop listening to it!
Have always loved this cd. Awesome sound! Sends chills throughout my body!! Highly recommended! I should have bought more than one
Published 6 months ago by Rose D. Snow
5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing album!
Revisiting this album after receiving Garth's new box set for Christmas. 14 years later, I'm still blown away by the music on this disc and even more so, Garth's singing on these... Read more
Published 7 months ago by J. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Garth Brooks still rocks!
Great CD So happy I purchased! I would recommend to others. Great music, great artist, great sound and good quality!
Published 8 months ago by Cassandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad buy......
OK this CD was for my CNA who always wanted me to play mine so I just said, U know I can get U your own U just pay me the $.....
Published 10 months ago by John Todd Petit
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Garth/ Chris fan
I forgot how much I liked this CD and was crushed that my original was scratched up and unplayable. I was very happy to find it at a reasonable price on Amazon! It plays perfectly!
Published 10 months ago by Jennifer Cordio
5.0 out of 5 stars Garth Brooks - multi-talented
I think he is a wonderful artist in whatever genre he records. Style is so different from his usual but excellent performances and well worth the money. Read more
Published 11 months ago by M. Sensibaugh
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This was the bomb
I love Garth Brooks! I even liked this CD as his alter-ego. I think that why this is hated is because no one understood it. This was supposed to be the soundtrack to a movie. It came out before the movie came out, nad the movie ended up running out of money and failed, leaving this out and... Read More
Nov 22, 2007 by Kari |  See all 3 posts
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