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Brooks announces book/CD anthology set

Thursday, September 28, 2017 – Garth Brooks will release a five part book and CD anthology looking at the first five years of his career. The package will include a book written by Brooks.

The release, set for Nov. 14, will five CDs. The CDs contain music that has never been heard, songs written long before the debut album, outtakes, first takes, demos, more than 150 never before seen photos, sessions charts, tracking sheets, all in a 240 page hardcover complete package written by Brooks. It will be on sale November 14.‬

A total of 52 songs will be on the package, including 19 new and unreleased songs or demos.

"Part 1, The First Five Years" goes into detail about the creation, recording and promotion of the first five albums

Tidbits include how "The Thunder Rolls" was recorded and about to be released by another artist, while "Friends in Low Places" and "The Dance" were almost never recorded. "That Summer" was rewritten and rerecorded, and listen to the two different master versions. Trisha Yearwood also sang on a Brooks record before it was even released.

Brooks will air an Inside Studio G on his Facebook page on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. eastern where he will share details from the first five years of his career, along with special guests who wer there during those years and are featured in the anthology.

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