On Saturday, we were the first to bring you that Garth Brooks was releasing a new limited edition boxed to Walmart this month. At first, we thought the release date was November 19th, but late Monday evening, Walmart.com changed the date to November 28th, Thanksgiving Day. Now, Garth himself has announced more details including a track listing of what’s included in the 8 disc set.
The Country Classics song list reads like a Who’s Who of Country Music and features 11 tracks. Brooks pays tribute to the legends, as he sings Merle Haggard’s ”Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down” and George Jones’ ”White Lightnin’,” George Strait’s”Unwound” and Keith Whitley’s ”Don’t Close Your Eyes.” Brooks sings hit after hit, like Jerry Reed’s ”Amos Moses,” Buck Owens’ ”Act Naturally,” and Jerry Lee Lewis’ ”Great Balls Of Fire.” And with many more of the greatest songs in Country Music history, Garth Brooks’ Country Classics is a “must have” for your collection.
There is a reason they call it “Classic” Rock. The 11 songs in this collection are timeless. Brooks takes Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ”Sweet Home Alabama”strong and the Eagles’ epic hit, ”Life In The Fast Lane,” head on. His salute to Stevie Wonder’s ”Superstition” is out of this world. He’s at home singing anthems like Bob Seger’s ”Against The Wind,” Elton John’s ”Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me,” and favorite, Robert Palmer’s ”Addicted To Love.” With many more of the biggest hits of the Classic Rock era, Garth Brooks’ Classic Rock will be everyone’s favorite.
Melting Pot puts you standing at the crossroads. This is where Country, Rock, Soul, and Folk come together. You will hear Brooks’ influences come to life when he sings Simon and Garfunkel’s ”Mrs. Robinson,” Cat Steven’s ”Wild World,”Jim Croce’s ”Operator,” and James Taylor’s ”Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight.” Brooks includes 11 songs that have become the very fabric of our nation. Add Doobie Brothers’ timeless ”Black Water,” Jackson Browne’s”Doctor My Eyes,” and Rod Stewart’s ”Maggie May” Garth Brooks’ Melting Pot has something for everyone.
By far the biggest and most pleasant surprise you will ever get in music is Garth Brooks’ Blue-Eyed Soul R&B record featuring 11 tracks. Be it the Ray Charles classic,”What’d I Say,” Otis Redding’s ”Dock Of The Bay,” or Marvin Gaye’s ”Heard It Through The Grapevine,” Brooks sounds amazingly comfortable. “My mom listened to this stuff non-stop when I was a kid.” Brooks said, “There’s no way this music wasn’t going to be in my blood.” Brooks proves this sentiment with his rendition of Ben E. King’s ”Stand By Me” and when he delivers the male version of Gladys Knight’s ”Midnight Train To Georgia.” With many more of the songs that defined an era, Garth Brooks’ Blue-Eyed Soul is timeless.
In 2009, casino and resort visionary, Steve Wynn, brought Brooks out of retirement, and one of the most successful runs in Las Vegas history began a run with three straight years of sold-out shows at the Wynn Resort. “When Mr. Wynn and I started,” said Brooks, “we agreed that there would come a time when we would bring this show to the people who couldn’t see it in person.” And that is exactly what Wynn and Brooks have done. Come take the journey through time, as Brooks shares his memories of his childhood and the soundtrack behind it. You’ll watch Garth Brooks’ Blame It All On My Roots: Live At The Wynn, a two hour show available on DVD in this exclusive package, over and over and over again.
You can listen to the influences records; you can watch Brooks tell you all about his musical heroes; but in the end, the road leads us to The Ultimate Hits. From ”Friends In Low Places” to ”Thunder Rolls,” we move to”Callin’ Baton Rouge” and ”The Dance.” Throw in ”Shameless” and ”Two Pina Coladas” and you will find yourself singing along with some of the biggest songs of the last two decades. This special package also contains a DVD, filled with 33 beautifully shot videos, one for each of the 33 biggest songs in Brooks’ career. This historic two CD/one DVD compilation offers the soundtrack of our lives in the unique and limited package, The Ultimate Hits.
The set will go on sale at all Walmart stores, and also walmart.com, during the store’s Black Friday festivities at 6 pm Thursday, November 28th, for $24.95. That price will be valid until December 1st.
Fans who purchase the boxed set have a chance to win an all expense paid trip to Vegas to see him live in concert. Visit straighttalkswitch.com/garth for more details.
Author: Buddy Iahn
Accomplished Drummer & Percussionist / Owner & Founder of The Music Universe and Atolma Productions.