Garth Brooks To Release 240-Page Book With 19 Unreleased Tracks As First Of Five-Part Anthology

Garth Brooks will reflect on his history-making career in a five-part anthology that will chronicle his rise from ambitious newcomer to becoming the first artist in history to earn seven RIAA diamond awards and to be named Entertainer of the Year five times by the Country Music Association. Brooks has earned over 148 million album sales in the course of his career.

He is also the first artist in history to receive 7 Diamond awards for the now seven albums certified by the RIAA at over 10 million album sales each and remains the No. 1-selling solo artist in U.S. history certified by the RIAA with over 148 million album sales.

The Anthology Part 1: The First Five Years, as told by Brooks as well as those involved in the creating, recording and promotion of his first five albums, offers details and true stories from the early days of his career, taking fans behind the scenes for moments such as when “The Thunder Rolls” was recorded and about to be released by another artist. Brooks recalls that “Friends In Low Places” and “The Dance” were almost never recorded, and discusses how “That Summer” was rewritten and rerecorded, and fans can hear the two different master versions. Readers can also learn about and listen to the first time Trisha Yearwood sang on a ‘Garth’ song, long before Brooks’ first album.

The 240-page book is accompanied by five CDs, containing 52 total songs including 19 new, unreleased or demo versions of tracks. The book also includes more than 150 never-before-seen photos, as well as sessions charts, tracking sheets and more.

The Anthology Part 1: The First Five Years will release Nov. 14.

Garth will air a very special Inside Studio G on his Facebook page this Monday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. ET. On the episode, he will share very personal details from the first five years of his career, along with special guests were involved and featured in the anthology.


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