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Superstar’s sprawling ‘Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection’ includes an all-star collaboration on “Friends in Low Places”

Garth Brooks’ forthcoming 10-disc box set Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection spans a lot of territory, from his early hits at the dawn of the Nineties to his globally-revered live performances in the years that followed and influences that shaped him. But the collection, available November 11th exclusively at Target, also includes a handful of unreleased and rare tracks, such as a new all-star recording of his classic “Friends in Low Places” and a live performance of the enduring “American Pie” with Don McLean, among others.

Cover songs figure prominently into the mix, with Brooks’ own hits like “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)” and “If Tomorrow Never Comes” mingling with his interpretations of Jerry Reed’s “Amos Moses” and George Strait’s “Unwound” on one disc. Elsewhere, he shows his affinity for classic rock by tackling Bob Seger’s “Against the Wind” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama.” Most of these covers are either available on the sprawling 2013 box set Blame It All on My Roots, but The Ultimate Collection pools those covers with the singer’s hits and covers from his albums, like Bob Dylan’s “To Make You Feel My Love” and Little Feat’s “Dixie Chicken.”

Songs are grouped thematically by disc, with subtitles like “Anthems,” “RPMs” and “Turn It Up” noting the overall feeling of that group of tracks. Two live discs – subtitled “The Road” – in the box set boast previously unreleased recordings of Randy Travis’ “1982” and a live cover of “American Pie” with its originator Don McLean, along with a duet on “New York State of Mind” with Billy Joel and “In Another’s Eyes” with Trisha Yearwood.

Target is bundling seven discs of themed songs, the two-disc live set and the new album Gunslinger – which won’t be available at retailers or through his new digital streaming partner Amazon until after November 25th. Gunslinger, which features the lead single “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” (watch Brooks singing it on Ellen above), will include two exclusive bonus tracks on the Target box set version: “Cowboys and Friends” and an all-star new version of “Friends in Low Places” with George Strait, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban.

Tonight (October 24th), Brooks will give a free performance at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater to celebrate his recent seventh diamond certification, which makes him the first artist in history to hit that mark. The performance, given in conjunction with Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, will feature Brooks performing one song from each of his seven diamond-certified albums.

Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection track listing:

Old School  

1. “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)”

2. “If Tomorrow Never Comes”

3. “1982”

4. “Unwound”

5. “Longneck Bottle”

6. “Two of A Kind, Workin’ on a Full House”

7. “Good Ol’ Boys Like Me”

8. “Amos Moses”

9. “That Ol’ Wind”

10. “Alabama Clay”

11. “White Lightning”

12. “Don’t Close Your Eyes”

Midnight Fire

1. “Shameless”

2. “The Red Strokes”

3. “She’s Every Woman”

4. “What She’s Doing Now”

5. “In Another’s Eyes” (duet with Trisha Yearwood)

6. “One Night a Day”

7. “A Friend to Me”

8. “Anonymous”

9. “Victim of the Game”

10. “Which One of Them”

11. “More Than a Memory”

12. “To Make You Feel My Love”


1. “Good Ride Cowboy” 

2. “Rodeo”

3. “That Girl Is a Cowboy”

4. “Rodeo or Mexico”

5. “Night Rider’s Lament”

6. “My Baby No Esta Aqui”

7. “Cowgirl’s Saddle”

8. “Cowboy Bill”

9. “Midnight Sun”

10. “Rodeo and Juliet”

11. “In Lonesome Dove”

12. “The Cowboy Song”

The Road (Disc One)

1. “Standing Outside the Fire”

2. “Rodeo”

3. “Shameless”  

4. “If Tomorrow Never Comes”

5. “That Summer”  

6. “In Another’s Eyes” (duet with Trisha Yearwood)

7. “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)”

8. “Unanswered Prayers”

9. “Longneck Bottle” 

10. “One Night a Day”

11. “To Make You Feel My Love”

12. “Wrapped Up in You” (featuring Keb Mo)  

13. “The River”  

14. “American Pie” (featuring Don McLean) 

The Road (Disc Two)

1. “The Thunder Rolls” (the Long Version) 

2. “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House”  

3. “Two Piña Coladas”

4. “More Than a Memory”  

5. “Good Ride Cowboy”

6. “Wild as the Wind” (duet with Trisha Yearwood)

7. “Working for a Living” (duet with Huey Lewis in Los Angeles)

8. “It’s Your Song”  

9. “New York State of Mind” (duet with Billy Joel)  

10. “Midnight Sun”

11. “The Dance”


1. “The Dance”

2. “Standing Outside the Fire”

3. “Unanswered Prayers”

4. “Thicker Than Blood”

5. “How You Ever Gonna Know”

6. “The Change”

7. “Belleau Wood”

8. “People Loving People”

9. “The River”

10. “Mom”

11. “Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream”

12. “When You Come Back to Me Again”

The Covers

1. “Against the Wind”

2. “Sweet Home Alabama”

3. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me”

4. “Mrs. Robinson”

5. “Midnight Train to Georgia”

6. “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”

7. “Hard Luck Woman” (with Kiss)

8. “Who’ll Stop the Rain”

9. “Wild World”

10. “All Right Now”

11. “Drift Away”

12. “Goodnight Saigon”


1. “Against the Grain”

2. “She’s Tired of Boys”

3. “Rollin'”

4. “Addicted to Love”

5. “Cold Like That”

6. “You Move Me”

7. “Ireland”

8. “Don’t Cross the River”

9. “I’ll Be the Wind”

10. “Doctor My Eyes”

11. “Working for a Living” (duet with Huey Lewis)

12. “Do What You Gotta Do”

Turn It Up

1. “The Thunder Rolls”

2. “That Summer”

3. “You Wreck Me”

4. “Why Ain’t I Running”

5. “Wrapped Up In You”

6. “I’d Rather Have Nothing”

7. “Allison Miranda”

8. “Black Water”

9. “Midnight Train”

10. “Dixie Chicken”

11. “Man Against Machine”

12. “Two Piña Coladas”


1. “Honky-Tonk Somewhere”

2. “Weekend”

3. “Ask Me How I Know”

4. “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance”

5. “He Really Loves You”

6. “Whiskey to Wine”

7. “BANG! BANG!”

8. “Pure Adrenaline”

9. “8teen”

10. “SugarCane”

11. “Cowboys and Friends” (Target exclusive track)

12. “Friends In Low Places – 25th Anniversary Edition” (Target exclusive track)

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