Oklahoma music megastar Garth Brooks released today a eight-disc box set titled “Blame It All on My Roots” exclusively through Walmart in time for the holiday shopping frenzy.
“Blame It All on the Roots,” which includes six CDs plus two DVDs, lets fans experience the musical journey of how the legendary performer got his sound. It includes 77 songs, including new recordings; 33 videos, one for each of the 33 biggest songs in Brooks’ career; the live Las Vegas performance at the Wynn Las Vegas resort on Nov. 9; and a 68-page photo book.
The CDs include “Country Classics,” “Classic Rock,” “The Melting Pot” and “Blue-Eyed Soul.” The set also includes “The Ultimate Hits” with two CDs and one DVD. The DVD “Blame It All On My Roots” Live From the Wynn in Las Vagas rounds out the set.
As previously reported, the Owasso resident will perform a rare live broadcast concert special, “Garth Brooks, Live from Las Vegas,” from the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday on the CBS Television Network.
This television concert event will feature the Tulsa-born and Yukon-bred hitmaker’s final performance of his critically acclaimed, one-man show at the Wynn Las Vegas, which has played to sold-out audiences for the past three years, according to a news release from the network.
Here are the details of the “Blame It All on My Roots” box set, from garthbrooks.com:
“Country Classics” (1 CD with 11 songs)
The “Country Classics” song list reads like a Who’s Who of Country Music. Brooks pays tribute to the legends, as he sings Merle Haggard’s “Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down” and George Jones’ “White Lightnin’,” George Strait’s “Unwound” and Keith Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes.” Brooks sings hit after hit, like Jerry Reed’s “Amos Moses,” Buck Owens’ “Act Naturally,” and Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls Of Fire.” And with many more of the greatest songs in Country Music history, Garth Brooks’ “Country Classics” is a “must have” for your collection.
“Classic Rock” (1 CD with 11 songs)
There is a reason they call it “Classic” Rock. The songs in this collection are timeless. Brooks takes Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama”strong and the Eagles’ epic hit, “Life In The Fast Lane,” head on. His salute to Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” is out of this world. He’s at home singing anthems like Bob Seger’s “Against The Wind,” Elton John’s “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me,” and favorite, Robert Palmer’s “Addicted To Love.” With many more of the biggest hits of the Classic Rock era, Garth Brooks’ “Classic Rock” will be everyone’s favorite.
“Melting Pot” (1 CD with 11 songs)
You are standing at the crossroads. This is where country, rock, soul and folk come together. You will hear Brooks’ influences come to life when he sings Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson,” Cat Steven’s “Wild World,” Jim Croce’s “Operator,” and James Taylor’s “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight.” Brooks includes songs that have become the very fabric of our nation. Add Doobie Brothers’ timeless “Black Water,” Jackson Browne’s “Doctor My Eyes,” and Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May” Garth Brooks’ “Melting Pot” has something for everyone.
“Blue-Eyed Soul” (1 CD with 11 songs)
By far the biggest and most pleasant surprise you will ever get in music is Garth Brooks’ “Blue-Eyed Soul” record. Be it the Ray Charles classic, “What’d I Say,” Otis Redding’s “Dock Of The Bay,” or Marvin Gaye’s “Heard It Through The Grapevine,” Brooks sounds amazingly comfortable. “My mom listened to this stuff non-stop when I was a kid.” Brooks said, “There’s no way this music wasn’t going to be in my blood.” Brooks proves this sentiment with his rendition of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” and when he delivers the male version of Gladys Knight’s “Midnight Train To Georgia.” With many more of the songs that defined an era, Garth Brooks’ ”Blue-Eyed Soul” is timeless.
“Blame It All on My Roots” (1 DVD, more than 2 hours)
In 2009, casino and resort visionary Steve Wynn brought Brooks out of retirement, and one of the most successful runs in Las Vegas history began a run with three straight years of sold-out shows at the Wynn Resort. “When Mr. Wynn and I started,” said Brooks on the website, “we agreed that there would come a time when we would bring this show to the people who couldn’t see it in person.” And that is exactly what Wynn and Brooks have done. Come take the journey through time, as Brooks shares his memories of his childhood and the soundtrack behind it. Fans will watch Garth Brooks’ “Blame It On My Roots” Live At The Wynn over and over and over again.
“Ultimate Hits” (2 CDs with 33 songs and 1 DVD with 33 videos)
You can listen to the influences records; you can watch Brooks tell you all about his musical heroes; but in the end, the road leads us to “The Ultimate Hits.” From “Friends In Low Places” to “Thunder Rolls,” we move to “Callin’ Baton Rouge” and “The Dance.” Throw in “Shameless” and “Two Pina Coladas” and you will find yourself singing along with some of the biggest songs of the last two decades. This special package also contains a DVD, filled with 33 beautifully shot videos, one for each of the 33 biggest songs in Brooks’ career. This historic two CD/one DVD compilation offers the soundtrack of our lives in the unique and limited package, “The Ultimate Hits.”
According to walmart.com, the “Blame It All on My Roots” box set is priced at $24.96. It’s a really popular item online right now, so be patient if you’re trying to pick it up today (honestly, that’s good advice for the holiday shopping season in general).