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2007 three disc set (two CDs + DVD). One artist...one decade...one hundred million albums sold! Garth Brooks remains the biggest Country artist of all-time. He harnessed the Country and Pop influences of his past and created a new kind of Country that appealed to different generations of fans and crossed over into the Pop market like no other artist before him. Garth Brooks changed the rules based on his talent alone. He became a worldwide superstar while remaining true to his humble roots, which added to his appeal. This three disc set features two CDs scheduled to contain 34 tracks including four new songs plus a bonus DVD containing videos for 33 of the CD's tracks. Pearl.
Record Label: Pearl
Country Of Release: USA
Year Of Release: 2007
Notes: + Dvd(Ntsc/Region1). Incl 4 Unrel. Tracks
|Audio CD Release Date:
||November 06, 2007|
|Number Of Discs:
||CD, Special Limited Edition, Extra tracks|
|Average Customer Rating:
|| based on 180 reviews|
|1. ||Ain't Going Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up) |
|2. ||Friends in Low Places |
|3. ||Shameless |
|4. ||Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House |
|5. ||The Beaches of Cheyenne |
|6. ||If Tomorrow Never Comes |
|7. ||Papa Loved Mama |
|8. ||More Than a Memory |
|9. ||Good Ride Cowboy |
|10. ||In Another's Eyes |
|11. ||The Fever |
|12. ||Midnight Sun |
|13. ||Learning to Live Again |
|14. ||Longneck Bottle |
|15. ||To Make You Feel My Love |
|16. ||We Shall Be Free |
|17. ||The Dance |
|1. ||Callin' Baton Rouge |
|2. ||Two PiÃƒÂ±a Coladas |
|3. ||The Thunder Rolls |
|4. ||That Summer |
|5. ||The River |
|6. ||Beer Run |
|7. ||Unanswered Prayers |
|8. ||Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old) |
|9. ||Workin' for a Livin' |
|10. ||What She's Doing Now |
|11. ||When You Come Back to Me Again [From Frequency] |
|12. ||Standing Outside the Fire |
|13. ||American Honky-Tonk Bar Association |
|14. ||The Change |
|15. ||Rodeo |
|16. ||Wrapped Up in You |
|17. ||Leave a Light On [*] |
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64 of 71 found the following review helpful:
It's "The Hits" updatedNov 09, 2007
By Allen Chapman
This is a great collection, no question, however there are a lot of songs that are missing from here, "The Red Strokes" for instance. What this album does is presents the entire original 18 songs from "The Hits" album with other songs released since that time. The focus though is primarily on the first half of his career. The DVD features videos for every song on the album, using live clips or TV show appearences for the songs that didn't have videos made.
Last year Garth released "The Entertainer" set which included all the missing videos from this set. It also included the full length concerts from which many of these clips are pulled.
Contrary to popular belief the four new tracks on this set are not the first songs we've gotten since his retirement. In 2005 he released his "Lost Sessions" which were all brand new songs recorded in 2005, they may have been written prior to '05, but they were all recorded in '05, and a great album that was too.
Garth has always been about selling records, so this set should come as no surprise to anyone. For the price you can't argue with it and even though it is missing some great songs, what you get here is Classic Garth.
51 of 56 found the following review helpful:
Perfect for Any CollectionNov 06, 2007
By A. Kulcsar
My apologies for the length. Lots to say about my favorite artist in what probably will be my only review of any of his material (at least for a while).
His only greatest hits compilation was "The Hits" from 1994.
Since then, he has reached the 100 million units mark in the United States (the second of four acts to be certified at that mark and one of two solo artists, the other, of course, being Elvis Presley). He has toured the world and performed in sold-out venues in over 20 countries. He has broken more records than can be compiled in one list. Now, finally, he has released a compilation that covers his entire career - to date, that is. What a collection it is.
For anyone who has forgotten why he remains one of the most popular artists in U.S. music history, one listen through the two-disc CD set should serve as a good reminder. There are no weak tracks (not that there would be in a greatest-hits collection), including the new material. His current single, "More Than a Memory," is included along with three additional songs, all of which stand up well against songs that have had 15 years to mature. While the current single is very good, perhaps my favorite of the new material is the bonus track, "Leave a Light On." Simple arrangement, dead-on vocals...Ultimate Garth.
In case that was not enough, Garth throws in a companion DVD. Think of it as the video version of the compilation, as every track from the CD version is presented in video - whether it is the original music video of the track or a special television performance. Recall that Garth did not produce original music videos for all of his singles - oftentimes, his production team would release a concert performance or concert montage to serve as a music video for country music television. Regardless, every single track has an accompanying video, which I found truly amazing. There is a little duplication of effort here, though - you will find some of these same videos available in the second "Limited Series" box set as well as in the original video compilations from some 15 years ago. You do, however, get brand new material, which I thought was really cool. No "recording room" videos, either, with the new material - these are real music videos. Don't miss the video for "Midnight Sun" - it is a riot.
If you have not seen it yet, catch the current video for "More Than a Memory" circulating on country music television. Amazing. Simple. Direct. Dark. Emotional. The video matches the song brilliantly, and adds that "third dimension" that Garth always likes to put into his videos.
All for about $12? You can't beat it.
One other thing. In one of my Listmania lists, I talk about full-length albums. To paraphrase, a good full-length album, to me, has a life of its own and is very much more than the sum of its parts. You listen to it from front to back and hear something on top of the individual tracks - be it a story, a theme, or some other thread that holds the songs together. These two CDs are just that. The tracks are not presented in chronological order, as many would do. The tracks are very specifically ordered, and makes for a front-to-back listen that is amazing. Do me a favor - when you listen to it, do not pop it in the CD drive and hit "shuffle." Instead, listen to it as it was intended - from track 1 to track 34 (or 36, depending on how you count). You'll love the collection even more.
There is enough new stuff to make this a "must own" for Garth fans, no question. For people who do not own any Garth material in their collections: start here. There is a lot of other stuff that you are missing, to be sure...but this should get you hooked! :-)
Five stars...no question...not just for the content, but additionally for the value. Thanks, Garth.
39 of 44 found the following review helpful:
Great CD but I thought I'd post what was missing along with country chart positions!Nov 06, 2007
By James H. Morgan
1990 "Not Counting You" #2
1992 "Whatcha Gonna Do with a Cowboy?" (w/Chris LeDoux & on Chris' CD) #7
1993 "Somewhere Other Than the Night" #1
1994 "One Night a Day" #7
1994 "Hard Luck Woman" #67 Country, #45 Hot 100, #28 AC
1994 "The Red Strokes" #49
1995 "She's Every Woman" #1
1996 "It's Midnight Cinderella" #5
1996 "That Ol' Wind" #4
1998 "She's Gonna Make It" #2
1998 "Burnin' the Roadhouse Down" (w/Steve Wariner & on Steve's CD) #28
1998 "Where Your Road Leads" (w/Trisha Yearwood) #18
1998 "You Move Me" #3
1998 "It's Your Song" #9
1999 "Lost in You" (credited to Chris Gaines) #62 Country, #5 Hot 100
1999 "It Don't Matter to the Sun" (credited to Chris Gaines) #24 Country
2000 "Do What You Gotta Do" #13
2000 "Katie Wants a Fast One" (w/Steve Wariner & on Steve's CD) #22
2001 "Wild Horses" #7 (originally on No Fences, 10 anniversary remix released to radio)
2001 "Thicker Than Blood" #18
2002 "Squeeze Me In" (w/Trisha Yearwood) #16
2002 "Why Ain't I Running" #24
2006 "Love Will Always Win" (w/Trisha Yearwood) #23
2006 "That Girl Is a Cowboy" #34
Hope this list helps someone to make them a companion CD to go with this already great 2CD/1DVD set. Other artists and their labels could take note from Garth on how to give their fans their money's worth.
I'd would have loved Hard Luck Woman to be on the CD along with Garth in full KISS makeup. That would have been a cool video. I'm glad to see the original video for In Another Eyes on the set. Trisha looks so beautiful in it.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Mostly the same stuff but with the 33 music videos and new hits, this is the ultimate dealNov 06, 2007
Of course Garth has had other hits packages but this one takes the cake, mostly due to the DVD with all his music videos, 33 of them. And at only $13, this is a very generous set. You are getting a lot of music including 4 new songs and his biggest hit yet, More than a Memory included. I'm sure he's going to sell millions of this ultimate set
14 of 17 found the following review helpful:
a ridiculous amount of great music for the price....5 STARSNov 06, 2007
I wasn't a big Garth fan in the day...but I picked this up and what a ton of great songs are on the two music discs..wow! The DVD is a real eye opener..I understand why this guy was so popular...he is a whirling dervish of a live enetertainer..truly magical and this is a ridiculously full package of songs and DVD for under $15..any ..ANY of the discs on their own would be worth that money ..all three terrific.
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