This Is Garth Brooks (1992)

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Intimate interviews by Garth Brooks as well as his band and crew are placed throughout the concert scenes that were filmed in Dallas, Texas. This video contains live performances of 15 of ... See full summary »



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11 March 2017 | zkonedog
| Garth Changes The Game
Up until the early 1990s, country music was populated by guys in sparkly jumpsuits with perfectly coiffed hairdos singing ponderous, slow ballads. It took a rock-and-roll fan from Oklahoma to change all that, and this tape showcases the transformation in full.

As soon as Garth Brooks burst onto the country music scene in the late 1980s, it quickly become clear that country music would never be the same. Garth kept the simple themes of country songs, but packaged it like a rock-and-roll arena show, the kind of performances he was mesmerized by in his own youth. Stadiums started filling up to seeing this rockin' cowboy, and the rest is history.

With his high-octane show and high-energy persona, Garth Brooks captivated music audiences like nobody had ever seen (or may ever see again). Plus, it didn't take political/lifestyle statements (e.g. Toby Keith) or outlandish antics (ala Lady Gaga) to fill the seats...just good old fashion country music with a rocking backbeat and energized vocals.

This tape, probably more than any other, showcases that frantic side of Garth, the one that can never stand still and is always jumping around and looking for new ways to get the audience involved in the performance. Though the Central Park concert may be his best ever effort, "This Is Garth Brooks" deserves a top spot for its showcasing of Garth's pizazz.

If you are already a Garth fan and haven't seen this tape, where have you been all these years?! If you are a little wary of the Garthster, this is as good a place as any to be introduced to his rollicking style of showmanship. Either way, there isn't much here that is not to like.

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Alternate Versions

When released on DVD in 2006, several changes were made, most prominently, "What She's Doing Now" & "Keep Your Hands To Yourself" are removed. Among the other changes:

  • An opening speech from Garth making fun of country music stereotypes, which was in the original broadcast & cut from the VHS release, is reinstated.
  • The title sequence is restored to the way it appeared in the original broadcast, with the title appearing as the camera zooms in on the stage; the VHS showed the title appearing much earlier.
  • Garth's first interview, after "Rodeo", is edited to remove all references to his ex-wife Sandy.
  • The background music for Betsy's first interview, after "Two Of A Kind", is changed from "Mr. Blue" to "Friends In Low Places".
  • The original version showed footage of Garth signing autographs, with Sandy at his side, while Betsy talks about his "thunder thighs". The DVD replaces this with footage of him singing "If Tommorow Never Comes" from later in the special, while the dialog remains.
  • Garth's spoken intro to "We Bury The Hatchet" is removed.
  • In Garth's interview about his musical influences, right before "Much Too Young", the background music is changed from "In Lonesome Dove" to "The Thunder Rolls".
  • The interviews between "If Tommorow Never Comes" & "Shameless" are severely edited.
  • All of Sandy's interviews are removed.
  • The end credit music is changed from "In Lonesome Dove" to "The Dance"


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Reunion Arena - 777 Sports Street, Dallas, Texas, USA

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