Review: Garth Brooks - The Limited Series

A review of Brooks' second Box Set

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Garth Brooks: The Limited Series is the country star's second box set. It shares the same name as the singer's first box series, which makes it a little confusing, but this review will break everything down. The Limited Series includes the three albums that followed the release of his first box set in 1998: Sevens (1998), Scarecrow (2001) and the live album Double Live (1998). In total, the set has more than 90 minutes of music.

As an added bonus, it also includes The Lost Sessions, which was issued separately. Garth Brooks fans should consider this set a collectors item. With three albums in one place, plus all the extras, The Limited Series is worth purchasing.

Album Review:

This six-disc box set, issued in 2005, compiles three of Brooks' albums in one place, as well as a brand new album, The Lost Sessions, with 11 previously unreleased tracks recorded between 1995 and 2000. The Limited Series also includes the "All Access" DVD that contains 40 minutes of interviews with the singer, footage from his live shows, photos and the music videos for "Standing Outside the Fire," "Wrapped Up In You," "Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)" and "Callin' Baton Rouge." The box set also has a booklet with information about every album included, as well as song lyrics.

You just can't go wrong with The Limited Series. It's the ultimate purchase for any Garth Brooks fan.

It's hard not to love all of his songs, but these are the ones I've found myself enjoying most:

  • The Lost Sessions disc leads off with Brooks' cover of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Fishin' In the Dark." His version is fun to listen to and sounds similar to the original.
  • "That Girl Is a Cowboy" tells the story of how "sometimes the best cowboys ain't cowboys at all."
  • "For a Minute There" is about a guy who has lost the woman he loved, and when he sees someone that looks like her, he runs after her, only to discover it isn't her at all. Brooks dedicated the song to his father, and the wonderful Alison Krauss, who happens to be his father's favorite female country singer, sings backing vocals. It's a great track.
  • Martina McBride lends her talent to "I'll Be the Wind," a song about a woman coming out of a bad relationship who meets a guy who could help her love again.
  • "My Baby No Está Aquí" has a great Bakersfield sound to it.

Fans of Garth Brooks probably already own the three albums featured in this compilation, but the added features, The Lost Sessions and the "All Access" DVD make it totally worth buying for yourself or as a gift.

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