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Garth Brooks 11/6/2007

Review

In a way, it's like Garth Brooks never retired. He may have stopped touring and releasing new music, but he kept repackaging and reissuing his older albums, striking up an exclusive deal with Wal-Mart highlighted by a second box set called The Limited Series in 2006. That exclusivity contract expired in the summer of 2007, leaving Brooks a free agent, and he capitalized on his freedom almost immediately, delivering the double-disc singles collection The Ultimate Hits just in time for the holiday season of 2007. Where previous Garth repackagings could seem a little unnecessary -- it's not quite clear just how many of his fans needed that second Limited Series anyway -- The Ultimate Hits actually fills in a needed gap within his catalog, as Brooks hasn't had a hit compilation since his first, the 1994 The Hits. That disc was a "limited edition" at least in theory -- there were so many copies pressed it wasn't exactly rare -- and out of print since the mid-'90s, so it wasn't available in most retail stores, plus it didn't cover all the hits he had between its release and his retirement. The Ultimate Hits does exactly that, containing all 18 tracks from The Hits (albeit not in the same sequencing), adding 12 hits that he had in the last half of the '90s, along with four new songs highlighted by a cover of Huey Lewis & the News' "Workin' for a Livin'." The new songs are a nice touch, but the real purpose of this set is to offer casual fans a way to get all of Brooks' best-known hits in one package, and in that regard, The Ultimate Hits not only succeeds, it's long overdue. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Ain't Going Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up) Garth Brooks 4:34
  3. 2 Friends in Low Places Garth Brooks 4:19
  4. 3 Shameless [Cover] Garth Brooks 4:19
  5. 4 Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House Garth Brooks 2:32
  6. 5 The Beaches of Cheyenne Garth Brooks 4:14
  7. 6 If Tomorrow Never Comes Garth Brooks 3:40
  8. 7 Papa Loved Mama Garth Brooks 2:52
  9. 8 More Than a Memory Garth Brooks 3:23
  10. 9 Good Ride Cowboy Garth Brooks 3:26
  11. 10 In Another's Eyes Garth Brooks 3:34
  12. 11 The Fever Garth Brooks 2:41
  13. 12 Midnight Sun Garth Brooks 3:47
  14. 13 Learning to Live Again Garth Brooks 4:6
  15. 14 Longneck Bottle Garth Brooks 2:19
  16. 15 To Make You Feel My Love [Cover] Garth Brooks 3:55
  17. 16 We Shall Be Free Garth Brooks 3:48
  18. 17 The Dance Garth Brooks 3:39
  19. 1 Callin' Baton Rouge Garth Brooks 2:38
  20. 2 Two Piña Coladas Garth Brooks 3:34
  21. 3 The Thunder Rolls Garth Brooks 3:43
  22. 4 That Summer Garth Brooks 4:46
  23. 5 The River Garth Brooks 4:27
  24. 6 Beer Run Garth Brooks 3:4
  25. 7 Unanswered Prayers Garth Brooks 3:26
  26. 8 Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old) Garth Brooks 2:59
  27. 9 Workin' for a Livin' Garth Brooks 2:44
  28. 10 What She's Doing Now Garth Brooks 3:25
  29. 11 When You Come Back to Me Again [From Frequency] Garth Brooks 4:45
  30. 12 Standing Outside the Fire Garth Brooks 3:52
  31. 13 American Honky-Tonk Bar Association Garth Brooks 3:33
  32. 14 The Change Garth Brooks 4:6
  33. 15 Rodeo Garth Brooks 3:55
  34. 16 Wrapped Up in You Garth Brooks 4:32
  35. 17 [Untitled] Garth Brooks 0:10
  36. 18 [Untitled] Garth Brooks 0:9
  37. 19 Leave a Light On Garth Brooks 3:41
  38. 1 Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old) [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  39. 2 If Tomorrow Never Comes [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  40. 3 The Dance [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  41. 4 Friends in Low Places [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  42. 5 Unanswered Prayers [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  43. 6 Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  44. 7 The Thunder Rolls [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  45. 8 Rodeo [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  46. 9 Shameless [DVD][Cover] Garth Brooks null:null
  47. 10 Papa Loved Mama [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  48. 11 What She's Doing Now [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  49. 12 The River [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  50. 13 We Shall Be Free [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  51. 14 Learning to Live Again [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  52. 15 That Summer [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  53. 16 Standing Outside the Fire [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  54. 17 Ain't Going Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up) [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  55. 18 Callin' Baton Rouge [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  56. 19 American Honky-Tonk Bar Association [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  57. 20 The Fever [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  58. 21 To Make You Feel My Love [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  59. 22 The Beaches of Cheyenne [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  60. 23 The Change [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  61. 24 Two Piña Coladas [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  62. 25 Longneck Bottle [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  63. 26 In Another's Eyes [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  64. 27 Wrapped Up in You [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  65. 28 Beer Run [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  66. 29 When You Come Back to Me Again [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  67. 30 Good Ride Cowboy [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  68. 31 More Than a Memory [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  69. 32 Workin' for a Livin' [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null
  70. 33 Midnight Sun [DVD] Garth Brooks null:null

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