Buy Used
$6.99
FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Used: Good | Details
Sold by BadeExpress
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Good condition, fast shipping. Minor wear from storage and/or use. Eligible for Amazon Prime and Super Saver shipping programs. Satisfaction guaranteed!
Trade in your item
Get up to a $0.40
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

No Fences Original recording reissued

4.4 out of 5 stars 102 customer reviews

See all 9 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Audio CD, Original recording reissued, November 21, 2000
$13.29 $0.01

Stream Millions of Songs FREE with Amazon Prime
Get Started with Amazon Prime Stream millions of songs anytime, anywhere, included with an Amazon Prime membership. Get started

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Garth Brooks ~ No Fences

Amazon.com

No Fences captures Garth Brooks just after his initial success yet before superstardom. Though it includes "The Thunder Rolls," another of the pop-country power ballads he'd introduced with "The Dance," No Fences bounces mainly between impersonations--often catchy and engaging ones, but impersonations nonetheless. "Wild Horses" is straight-up George Strait, while "Two of a Kind" and "Friends in Low Places" are John Anderson and Hank Jr. respectively. The best moment, the Dan Fogleberg-like "Unanswered Prayers," relays a message either highly spiritual or hugely rationalized. Regardless, it succeeds because its delivery is earnest, sweet, and humble--something Garth wouldn't be for long. --David Cantwell

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Wild Horses
  2. Unanswered Prayers
  3. Same Old Story
  4. Mr. Blue
  5. Wolves


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 21, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00005176A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Amazon's Garth Brooks Store

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Joey Porter on December 28, 2010
Format: Audio CD
1. The Thunder Rolls
2. New Way To Fly
3. Two Of A Kind Workin' On A Full House
4. Victim Of The Game
5. Friends in Low Places
6. Wild Horses
7. Unanswered Prayers
8. Same Old Story
9. Mr. Blue
10. Wolves
1 Comment 88 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
Garth Brooks became a music superstar with the release of his second CD, "No Fences," in 1990. He released four singles from the CD in 1990-1991, and all of them hit #1. The first single was "Friends in Low Places," which was #1 for 4 weeks on the country chart, making it Garth's biggest song ever. Country Music Television (CMT) recently named it one of the Top 10 country songs of all time. It's a rollicking good time and undeniably great music; the kind of song you'll hear in bars and honky-tonks now and for decades to come.

"Unanswered Prayers" was the second single - a sweet ballad about life working out as it should, even when you don't get what you wanted at the time. It was #1 for 2 weeks, and was named by CMT as one of the Top 10 love songs of all time. "Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House" is somewhat retro-sounding with extremely clever lyrics (#1 for 1 week). The CD actually starts with the fourth single, the rock-tinged "The Thunder Rolls." Although the song's video tells the story of an abusive husband, the song lyrics actually are about a woman waiting for her potentially unfaithful husband to arrive home late at night. The song was a bit risky at the time, as it represented a more rock-influenced direction for Garth. Indeed, the CD overall is less traditionally country-sounding than his debut.

More than a decade later, a fifth song hit the Top 10 when "Wild Horses" peaked at #7 in early 2001. The song is about a rodeo rider who has to travel and be away from his family, and it's one of the highlights of the CD. The remaining songs are all fairly solid, including another Garth interpretation of a Tony Arata-penned song - "Same Old Story" (Tony wrote "The Dance" from Garth's first CD).
Read more ›
Comment 17 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
Rarely have I seen critics trash an entertainer in the manner that they attacked Garth Brooks. Are there better country acts out there? Of course there are. Are there better pop acts out there? Same answer, yet again, but it seems like critics seemed especially harsh on Brooks because of how successful he was in ushering the era of country-pop to the masses. Many saw him as the devil incarnate using with marketing skills by using the purity of more traditional acts, such as Merle Haggard, George Straight, and Jack Anderson just to name a few, and somehow prostituting it to the masses. I think that the perception is unjust as Garth's music is influenced as much as any other artist as they don't work in a vacuum.
In my opinion Garth's music could be compared to more critically acclaimed country/pop/rock acts, such as The Eagles, Jackson Browne, Kenny Loggins, and Dan Fobelberg. Although two of my favorite songs (If Tomorrow Never Comes and The Dance) come from his self-titled debut CD, "No Fences" (his second release) was his most cohesive and the one to hit pay dirt with gems like sweeping The Thunder Rolls, the honky tonk Friends In Low Places, and Unanswered Prayers, which always gets a rise out of me.
While some may just think that he is a lightweight with an ear for what will succeed, other reviews start getting into irrelevant issues like his culpability in the Trish Yearwood divorce so I wanted to put in my two cents as I really like this CD. While not a masterpiece or an innovator, Garth Brooks, especially in this release, put together a set of songs that represent pure entertainment and it certainly does not make me feel bad the morning after.
Read more ›
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I started listening to country music ten years ago, once the lyrics that made pop accessible melted away into thumping beats and indecipherable mumbles. Garth Brooks' "No Fences", as inspired by Billy Joel and James Taylor, literally SPOKE to me as I turned 30 in 1991. Back then, and still as I near 40, he wrote songs that were passionate, understated, and sincere, like the Piano Man and Sweet Baby James in their heydays. On "No Fences" he pours his heart and soul into every note of every song, from the unforgettable "Unanswered Prayers" to his own now-signature tale, "Friends In Low Places." He is all of these characters and none of them still, just a storyteller by the fire, but possessed by his protagonists. Few artists have succeeded in blending seamlessly the melody of pop and the resonance and grit of country - but Brooks pulls it off. "No Fences" is the first of a succession of brilliant American fare that made Brooks the unparalleled success of the 90s. It's easy to see why "No Fences" launched Garth's career into the stratosphere, up there with the Beatles and Elton John. He crafts universal themes with every one of his instruments as a songwriter, vocalist and musician.
At once epic ("The Thunder Rolls") and soft ("New Way to Fly") "No Fences" will stand the test of time and emerge as the 1990's version of "Tapestry" or "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road." Fun, clever, and emotionally charged all at the same time, Brooks delivers a heartfelt, magical set.
Comment 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Forums



What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?