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Shania Twain, 'Discovery of Eilleen Twain' CD/DVD explores singer's early career

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Shania Twain, 'Discovery of Eilleen Twain' CD/DVD explores singer's early career

By Stephen L. Betts. CREATED Jan 15, 2014

Since 2012, Shania Twain has been thrilling fans in Las Vegas with her hit-filled concerts during her residency at the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace, but before she became a global superstar, the singer (born Eilleen Edwards and adopted by stepfather Jerry Twain), got her first musical break in the late 1980s in "Viva Vegas," a Las Vegas-style show at the Deerhurst Inn Resort in Shania's native Ontario, Canada.

While early audio recordings, prior to her mega-success with Nashville's Mercury Records in the mid-'90s, have previously been released, this package includes early, remastered recordings and a DVD, "The Discovery of Eilleen Twain," featuring interviews with former cast members and music veterans of the era. The DVD also includes footage of the budding entertainer performing "Somewhere Out There" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

The bonus CD, "Eilleen Twain: Beginnings 1989-1990," features 10 remastered tracks from the "Any Man of Mine" singer's early career. The recordings were originally intended to be used as demos to help draw attention to Shania as a singer, and instead of the pop-country blend for which she has become world-famous, these tunes are more rock, power pop and adult contemporary tunes.

"The Discovery of Eilleen Twain" will be released Feb. 11 and is now available for pre-order here.