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5.0 out of 5 stars A country music phenomenon
Garth Brooks recorded some great songs many of which are included in this fine collection, which was compiled from his first five albums (Garth Brooks, No fences, Roping the wind, The chase, In pieces). Garth's phenomenal success in his American homeland contrasts sharply with his international profile. He became very popular in some countries (notably Ireland) but...
Published on 16 July 2005 by Peter Durward Harris

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3.0 out of 5 stars Liked only a few tracks
Personal taste, but there are only two or three tracks that I really like on here, one of them being, of course, "The Dance" (it was worth buying just for that.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A country music phenomenon, 16 July 2005
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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Garth Brooks recorded some great songs many of which are included in this fine collection, which was compiled from his first five albums (Garth Brooks, No fences, Roping the wind, The chase, In pieces). Garth's phenomenal success in his American homeland contrasts sharply with his international profile. He became very popular in some countries (notably Ireland) but conspicuously failed to make more than a limited impact elsewhere, notably Britain, where he had a few hit singles but his chart history is not spectacular, so this review focuses primarily on his American career.

Garth's first single (Much too young) was a great song but the other two hits (If tomorrow never comes, The dances) from his debut album (simply titled Garth Brooks) really set up his career. Irish singer Ronan Keating later had a British number one hit with a cover of If tomorrow never comes. While his debut album provided Garth was a great start to his career, he was at that stage overshadowed by another rising country star, Clint Black. While Clint was never quite able to match the brilliance of his debut album, Garth took country music to a whole new audience.

Garth's second album (No fences) yielded four major hits (Friends in low places, Unanswered prayers, The thunder rolls, Two of a kind working on a full house). Garth co-wrote The thunder rolls before he had a recording contract and Tanya Tucker was the first singer to record it. Tanya's brilliant version was not released on an album at the time (it later appeared on a 4-CD boxed set in 1994) so Garth recorded it himself. The album eventually sold well over ten million copies in America, reaching out to a pop and rock audience that traditionally ignored country music.

Garth's third album (Roping the wind) consolidated Garth's status as a superstar. No less than six tracks from it can be found here, these being Burning bridges (a hit for Garth in Spain), Shameless (a cover of a Billy Joel song), What she's doing now (co-written by Garth but first recorded by Crystal Gayle), Rodeo, Papa loves Mama and the title track.

Garth's fourth album (The chase) is represented by just two tracks here (We shall be free, That summer). Garth is upset at the controversy generated by We shall be free. He and Stephanie Davis, who co-wrote the song, intended it to be a simple love song but the lyrics can be interpreted differently to make it sound like a political anthem. Listen and judge for yourself.

Garth's fifth album (In pieces) is represented by three tracks here (Ain't going down till the sun comes up, Calling Baton Rouge (a cover of a song first recorded by the New Grass Revival, who back Garth on his version of the song), American honky-tonk bar association). The European edition of this compilation, also long out of print, includes two further tracks from this album (Standing outside the fire, The red strokes).

This collection fairly represents Garth's classic period. Although he continued to record further albums, he never quite recaptured the magic of his first five albums. This hits collection was released as a limited edition and is long out of print, but the original albums are still in print. If you can't find a used copy, I recommend you begin with No fences, then pick up In pieces, Garth Brooks, Roping the wind and The chase in that order, stopping if you feel you've got as much of Garth as you want. Garth also recorded a Christmas album (Beyond the season) during this period, which is also worth hearing.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A MUST, 7 Dec 1999
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For anyone who has always berated country music, I challange you to listen to this album and NOT like one of the songs. The diversity of this album isn't great (hence 4 stars), but the quality is supreme. If you like cheese, then you'll love "Callin' Baton Rouge", or if love songs are your "thang", then I feel it's impossible to listen to "The Dance" without your heart being wrenched. Please give Garth a chance, and listen to this album....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars garth brooks cd, 21 April 2013
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garth brooks is one of the country music greats , this album has all of his best songs on it
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5.0 out of 5 stars At last!, 1 April 2014
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Last heard this album quite a number if years ago. have been unable to find a copy. Now I have, it's as brilliant as I remember it. Thank you amazon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not 4 me, 15 July 2013
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Purchased on behalf of a neighbour who is very keen so on his belhalf and since he was willing to pay the price and suffer the long import wait I thought that the highest rating appropriate.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Liked only a few tracks, 15 Dec 2012
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Personal taste, but there are only two or three tracks that I really like on here, one of them being, of course, "The Dance" (it was worth buying just for that.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Garth 'THE GREAT', 29 Jan 2011
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FANTASTIC ALBUM.....SHAME I'LL HAVE TO GO TO VEGAS TO SEE HIM NOW.....WILL BE MISSED ON TOUR....A MUST BUY FOR ANY 'TROYAL' FAN ! ! !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 8 Aug 2014
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Arrived as described. Quick delivery. Excellent !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 July 2014
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Very good. Good quality
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 Aug 2014
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Fantastic! Thank you.
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