Seven years after he announced a retirement, Garth Brooks returns to music scene with a greatest hits. Not only sporting 30 of his classics, the double CD compilation called 'The Ultimate Hits' also include four new songs.
Like always, Brooks co-wrote most of his new songs. 'More Than a Memory' is half the work of songwriters Lee Brice, Kyle Jacobs and Billy Montana. Meanwhile in 'Midnight Sun', Brooks sat down with old time partners Jerrod Niemann and Richie Brown.
He also put a new duet version of Huey Lewis' 'Workin' for a Livin' with the artist himself. As for the fourth song 'Leave the Light On' has been designed as a bonus track. Within the album which is due November 6, there will also be a DVD containing 33 music videos that he has done in the past 18 years.
'More Than a Memory' was announced on Saturday (August 18) to hit the radio on August 27. Promotion for this song will be done by Big Machine Records but Brooks confirmed that he won't tour for this one. "You're going to see us everywhere," said Brooks. "It's my job to let people know it's out there. And then after February, I'm going to go back to whatever I was doing before this."
The album will be distributed through retail at the cost of $33 but a discounted version can be as low as $11 to 14. The country crooner still refuses to release his albums digitally, saying that his music always have a conceptual meaning in each album and should not be sold individually.
"If you want to go online, if you want to pay 99 cents (per track) for all of them - at 33 bucks, the math's pretty easy. So I feel really good about this," he said.