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Garth Brooks
"The Hits"

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Year of Release: 1992

track listing
  • Ain't Going Down
    (Til The Sun
    Comes Up)
  • Friends In Low Places
  • Callin' Baton Rouge
  • The River
  • Much Too Young
    (To Feel
    This Damn Old)
  • The Thunder Rolls
  • American Honky-Tonk
    Bar Association
  • If Tomorrow
    Never Comes
  • Unanswered Prayers
  • Standing Outside
    The Fire
  • Rodeo
  • What She's Doing Now
  • We Shall Be Free
  • Papa Loved Mama
  • Shameless
  • Two Of A Kind
    Workin' On
    A Full House
  • That Summer
  • The Dance

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    Garth Brooks
    "The Hits"

    Garth Brooks -- The Hits, a greatest hits compilation of the beginning of his career, 12 number one country hits are here, all from his first 5 Capitol label albums. My only complaint is that the songs were not arranged in chronological order (as most greatest hits packages are), yet every song makes it a great retrospective of a gentleman who triggered country music in a new direction in the late 1980s into the 1990s.

    His albums:
    1989Garth Brooks
    1990No Fences
    1991Ropin' The Wind
    1992The Chase
    1993 In Pieces

    His first album (S/T) contains three songs on the Hits compilation, where two reached #1: "If Tomorrow Never Comes" and "The Dance." The non-#1, "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)" is a great medium tempo'd country song, mixing well with the remaining well-known hits.

    His album No Fences would put Garth Brooks on the country map, with four #1's, as they are all contained on The Hits: "Friends In Low Places," "Unanswered Prayers," "Two Of A Kind Workin' On A Full House" and "The Thunder Rolls."

    His next album, Ropin' The Wind, contained four #1's: "Shamelessly," "What She's Doing Now," and "The River." "Rodeo" is also from the Ropin' album, as it didn't reach #1, yet it was another big hit. Also, "Papa Loved Mama" is here, another great honky-tonk'er.

    From The Chase album, there are three songs on The Hits compilation. The two mentioned reached #1: "Somewhere Other Than The Night" and "That Summer." The gospel-tinged "We Shall Be Free" is another great tune song from The Chase.

    In Pieces was another huge album for Brooks, as it contained his next two #1's: "Ain't Going Down" (Til The Sun Comes Up) and "American Honky Tonk Bar Association." Other great country songs from this album are "Standing Outside The Fire" and "Callin' Baton Rouge."

    They're all here -- Garth Brooks' biggest hits from the beginning of his superstar career, 18 songs, containing his first 13 #1's, and great album cuts. For anyone just learning of his songs, The Hits is a great retrospective look at the man who would develop a new sound in country music. Brooks would land this album at #1 on the Pop album chart as well, as his career would continue to skyrocket well into the end of the 1990s decade. Although there are far many great songs from his albums not on The Hits, as if anyone who wishes to get away from the "standard" Garth Brooks' most popular songs, check out the WSVNRadio review of In Pieces.

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