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Sevens (album)

Studio album by Garth Brooks
Released November 25, 1997
Genre Country Western
Length 46:01
Label Capitol Nashville
Producer Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks chronology
Fresh Horses
The Limited Series
Singles from Sevens
  1. "In Another's Eyes"
    Released: August 18, 1997
  2. "Longneck Bottle"
    Released: November 22, 1997
  3. "She's Gonna Make It"
    Released: January 15, 1998
  4. "Two Piña Coladas"
    Released: March 16, 1998
  5. "You Move Me"
    Released: August 24, 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C+[2]
Robert Christgau B[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]

Sevens is the seventh 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.

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.


  • Background 1
  • Track listings 2
  • Chart performance 3
    • Charts 3.1
    • Certifications 3.2
    • End of decade charts 3.3
    • Chart Successions 3.4
  • Credits 4
    • Technical 4.1
  • Personnel 5
    • Art 5.1
  • References 6


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".[5]

Track listings

  1. "Longneck Bottle" (Rick Carnes, Steve Wariner) – 2:15
  2. "How You Ever Gonna Know" (Kent Blazy, Garth Brooks) – 3:35
  3. "She's Gonna Make It" (Blazy, Kim Williams, Brooks) – 2:45
  4. "I Don't Have to Wonder" (Shawn Camp, Taylor Dunn) – 3:04*
  5. "Two Piña Coladas" (Camp, Benita Hill, Sandy Manson) – 3:34
  6. "Cowboy Cadillac" (Bryan Kennedy, Brooks) – 2:50
  7. "Fit for a King" (Jim Rushing, Carl Jackson) – 3:58
  8. "Do What You Gotta Do" (Pat Flynn) – 2:57
  9. "You Move Me" (Gordon Kennedy, Pierce Pettis) – 4:34
  10. "In Another's Eyes" (Bobby Wood, John Peppard, Brooks) – 3:33
  11. "When There's No One Around" (Tim O'Brien, Darrell Scott) – 3:33
  12. "A Friend to Me" (Victoria Shaw, Brooks) – 3:05
  13. "Take The Keys to My Heart" (Hill, Pam Wolfe, Tommy Smith) – 2:31
  14. "Belleau Wood" (Joe Henry, Brooks) – 3:29
  • A music video was made for I Don't Have to Wonder, even though it wasn't released as a single. It was directed by Jon Small and Garth Brooks.

Chart performance

Sevens debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, becoming his fifth, and #1 on the Top Country Albums, becoming his seventh #1 Country album. In November 2006, Sevens was certified 10 x Platinum by the RIAA.

End of decade charts

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[19] 42

Chart Successions

Preceded by
ReLoad by Metallica
Billboard 200 number-one album
December 13, 1997 - January 16, 1998
Succeeded by
Let's Talk About Love by Celine Dion
Preceded by
Come On Over by Shania Twain
Come On Over by Shania Twain
Come On Over by Shania Twain
Top Country Albums number-one album
December 13, 1997 - February 6, 1998
February 28 - March 13, 1998
March 21 - April 10, 1998
Succeeded by
You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs by LeAnn Rimes
Come On Over by Shania Twain
Come On Over by Shania Twain
Preceded by
Come On Over by Shania Twain
Come On Over by Shania Twain
RPM Country Albums number-one album
December 8, 1997 - January 25, 1998
March 9–29, 1998
Succeeded by
Come On Over by Shania Twain
Come On Over by Shania Twain
Preceded by
by LeAnn Rimes
Top Country Albums number-one album of the year
Succeeded by
Come On Over
by Shania Twain



  • 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


As listed in liner notes.[20]

  • Susan Ashtonbackground vocals ("She's Gonna Make It", "You Move Me")
  • Sam Bacco – percussion ("You Move Me", "Belleau Wood"), congas ("She's Gonna Make It")
  • Bruce Bouton – steel guitar
  • Garth Brooks – lead vocals, background vocals
  • Sam Bush – background vocals ("Do What You Gotta Do"), mandolin ("Do What You Gotta Do", "When There's No One Around")
  • Shawn Campacoustic guitar ("Two Piña Coladas")
  • Mark Casstevens – acoustic guitar
  • Mike Chapman – bass guitar
  • John Cowan – background vocals ("Do What You Gotta Do")
  • Béla Fleckbanjo
  • 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 Heid – background vocals ("Fit for a King")
  • Randy Howard – fiddle ("Fit for a King")
  • Carl Jackson – acoustic guitar, background vocals ("Fit for a King")
  • Chris Leuzinger – electric guitar, nylon string guitar
  • Jimmy Mattingly – fiddle, acoustic guitar
  • Steve McClure - steel guitar, electric guitar
  • Edgar Meyerarco bass ("Belleau Wood")
  • Debbie Nims – acoustic guitar, mandolin, backing vocals
  • 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, background vocals ("Longneck Bottle")
  • Bobby Wood – piano, keyboard

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

All strings performed by the Nashville String Machine; conducted and arranged by Jim Ed Norman.


  • Production: Carlton Davis
  • Production Assistant: Denise Jarvis
  • Art Direction: Virginia Team
  • Design: Jerry Joyner
  • Photography: Beverly Parker
  • Additional Photographs: Henry Diltz, Virginia Team and Jerry Joyner
  • Make-Up: Mary Beth Felts
  • Digital Imager: Harris Graphics


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