Garth Brooks UPDATE

Alright…so previously, I talked about the Garth Brooks box set that came out Thursday, for Black Friday sales. It had 8 discs, four of which were new recordings, along with the two-disc Ultimate Hits album, with an accompanying DVD of “Ultimate Video Hits”, and a live DVD of Garth’s one man acoustic show from Las Vegas at the Encore Theater at The Wynn Hotel. I talked about the scheme behind the box set. It’s a way for Garth to artificially inflate his record sales. I explained how sick it was…so I got it! SORRY! I’m a 90’s child grew up listening to Garth Brooks on the radio. At the time, I had no idea that Garth was singing other people’s songs, most of which he would take credit for years later in interviews. I just loved the music! Just like I told my Mom this morning “Sure, he stole some songs, but by golly, he stole some good ones!” Now, I don’t know first hand that he stole songs. Let’s get that out of the way. This is what I’ve heard from other music industry insiders. It’s a very complicated thing, and I’m not sure we were on the same page of what the word “stealing” meant. I realized why Garth is so popular. The songs he sang were produced so well that you can go back to where you were the first time you heard them. I was immediately taken back to when I was a little kid, riding in my Mom’s minivan on the way to my Grandma and Grandpa’s house near Fourche Valley, which seemed like the other side of the world back then. At times, we’d roll the windows down, and the wind would hit me right between the eyes as songs like “What She’s Doing Now” or “Shameless” would come on the radio. That being said, the new albums in the box set were produced just as well. They’re cover albums of Garth’s favorite music that influenced him. He was going after the production of the original versions, and he achieved it. Until Garth starts singing, you can’t tell the difference in some cases. Every effect, every note, every analog recording trick…all the same. It impressed me at how well they did with these songs! When artists release cover albums like this, they’re typically done in very half-a** ways, and nobody’s even trying. That’s not the case with the Garth set. They strived to get the perfect sound, and they got it! In conclusion for now, if he’s going to artificially inflate his record sales, this was a great product to do it with!

Here’s footage from the broadcasting truck during Garth’s CBS special: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CX5dFZx3z4
Here’s Garth Brooks doing a fan chat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcAWnLNaxlg
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