John Denver Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits CD (2004)

Artist: John Denver

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Label Rca Records
SKU 62123520
UPC 828766076424
UPC 14 00828766076424
Format CD
Release Date 10/5/2004
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Author John Denver
Compilation Appearance Duets
Compilation Appearance Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Vol. 2
Compilation Appearance Singers Songwriters
Compilation Appearance Hard To Find 45S On Cd Volume 14 70S
Compilation Appearance Singers Songwriters:1974-1975
Compilation Appearance Romancing The 60S
Compilation Appearance Pop Goes The 70s
Associated Artist/Work Craig Duncan and the Smoky Moun
Associated Artist/Work Duncan, Craig
Associated Artist/Work Mitchell, Chad
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Special Consensus (The)
Artist Influence Bob Dylan
Artist Influence Dolly Parton
Artist Influence Eric Andersen
Artist Influence Fred Neil
Artist Influence Gordon Lightfoot
Artist Influence Jacques Brel
Artist Influence Nick Drake
Artist Influence Pete Seeger (Folk)
Artist Influence Peter, Paul and Mary
Artist Influence Simon & Garfunkel
Artist Influence The Byrds
Artist Influence The Lovin' Spoonful
Artist Influence Tom Paxton
Artist Contemporary Albert Hammond
Artist Contemporary America
Artist Contemporary Anne Murray
Artist Contemporary Bread
Artist Contemporary Carly Simon
Artist Contemporary Carole King
Artist Contemporary Cat Stevens
Artist Contemporary Dan Fogelberg
Artist Contemporary Dave Loggins
Artist Contemporary Don McLean
Artist Contemporary Donny Osmond
Artist Contemporary Eagles
Artist Contemporary Gene Clark
Artist Contemporary Glen Campbell
Artist Contemporary Gordon Lightfoot
Artist Contemporary Harry Chapin
Artist Contemporary J.D. Souther
Artist Contemporary Jackson Browne
Artist Contemporary James Taylor (Soft Rock)
Artist Contemporary Jim Croce
Artist Contemporary Jimmy Buffett
Artist Contemporary John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful)
Artist Contemporary Jonathan Edwards
Artist Contemporary Justin Hayward (Vocals/Guitar)
Artist Contemporary Kenny Loggins
Artist Contemporary Laurel Canyon Ramblers
Artist Contemporary Linda Ronstadt
Artist Contemporary Loggins & Messina
Artist Contemporary Neil Young
Artist Contemporary Olivia Newton-John
Artist Contemporary Paul Simon
Artist Contemporary Phoebe Snow
Artist Contemporary Pure Prairie League
Artist Contemporary Rick Nelson
Artist Contemporary Roger McGuinn
Artist Contemporary Seals & Crofts
Artist Contemporary The Bellamy Brothers
Artist Follower Carrie Underwood
Artist Follower Dave Elder
Artist Follower David Roth
Artist Follower Jewel
Artist Follower Mickey Guyton
Artist Follower Mojave 3
Artist Follower Red House Painters
Artist Follower The Innocence Mission
Artist Follower Timothy Monger
Technical Info
Producer John Denver; Barney Wyckoff; Milton Okun; Milton Okun; John Denver; Barney Wyckoff; Rob Santos (Compilation)
CatalogID 60764
Lable Name BMG Heritage
Released 10/05/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00828766076424
Album Notes and Credits
Initials pressings include bonus disc.
Personnel: John Denver (vocals, guitar); Emmylou Harris, Pl cido Domingo (vocals).
Audio Mixer: Chris Theis.
Liner Note Authors: Milton Okun; David Wild.
Recording information: Goldstar Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (??/1966-04/1983).
Photographer: Lowell Norman.
Arrangers: John Denver; Milton Okun; Dick Kniss; Lee Holdridge ; Mike Taylor .
Placing the word definitive on a best-of collection is usually a panicked label attempt to fill last-minute Christmas stockings, but in the case of RCA's Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits John Denver retrospective, it's a truly apt description. Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of Denver's first album release on RCA, the two-disc, 24-track overview of the country-pop singer's storied career is the most concise and nuanced yet. Digitally remastered from the original master tapes, road-trip classics like "Take Me Home, Country Roads," "Rocky Mountain High," and "Back Home Again" are as warm as the singer's lauded tenor. There are no gimmicky re-recorded cuts or disappointing live tracks -- "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" spent its time on the charts in its live incarnation -- and his spotty '80s material is only briefly covered ("Perhaps Love" and "Shanghai Breezes"). The only real omission is "Grandma's Feather Bed," but the 20-page booklet and song-by-song commentary by longtime friend Milt Okun more than suffice. The bonus disc, maddeningly sparse at just four tracks, makes up for its brevity by including a goose bump-inducing 1975 acoustic version of "Calypso." With the pompous string section, clanging ship bell, and unnecessary drum fills removed, his ode to Jacques Cousteau's tenacious vessel is a wonder of emotion and nautical kinsmenship that inarguably exhibits Denver as one of the greatest vocalists of his time. For those unwilling to sift through the exhaustive four-CD Country Roads Collection, this Definitive package is a good buy and a rewarding visit with an old friend.
Artist Overview
As John Denver, the former John Henry Deutschendorf was a ubiquitous icon of the 1970s. Although he had been a musician and songwriter in the 1960s, penning "Leaving on a Jet Plane" for Peter, Paul & Mary, Denver hit his stride in the '70s with earnest folk songs celebrating the glories of the natural world and life's simple pleasures. Although he was sometimes savaged by critics for his overarching earnestness, his songs speak for themselves, and his records still sell in large numbers. In the wake of his premature death in a 1997 plane crash, a number of contemporary artists have recorded Denver's songs, without any hint of irony.
Disc 1
1 Leaving on a Jet Plane,Leaving on a Jet Plane - (previously unreleased, original version)
2 Take Me Home, Country Roads,Weight, The - (previously unreleased)
3 Sunshine on My Shoulders,Annie's Song - (Acoustic Mix, previously unreleased, acoustic version)
4 Poems, Prayers and Promises,Calypso - (Acoustic Mix, previously unreleased, acoustic version)
5 Eagle and The Hawk, The
6 Rocky Mountain High
7 Farewell Andromeda (Welcome To My Morning)
8 Annie's Song
9 Back Home Again
10 Sweet Surrender
11 Thank God I'm A Country Boy
12 I'm Sorry
13 Calypso
14 Fly Away
15 Looking For Space
16 Like A Sad Song
17 My Sweet Lady
18 Perhaps Love
19 Shanghai Breezes
20 Wild Montana Skies
Disc 2
1 Leaving on a Jet Plane,Leaving on a Jet Plane - (previously unreleased, original version)
2 Take Me Home, Country Roads,Weight, The - (previously unreleased)
3 Sunshine on My Shoulders,Annie's Song - (Acoustic Mix, previously unreleased, acoustic version)
4 Poems, Prayers and Promises,Calypso - (Acoustic Mix, previously unreleased, acoustic version)
5 Eagle and The Hawk, The
6 Rocky Mountain High
7 Farewell Andromeda (Welcome To My Morning)
8 Annie's Song
9 Back Home Again
10 Sweet Surrender
11 Thank God I'm A Country Boy
12 I'm Sorry
13 Calypso
14 Fly Away
15 Looking For Space
16 Like A Sad Song
17 My Sweet Lady
18 Perhaps Love
19 Shanghai Breezes
20 Wild Montana Skies
Product Attributes
Artist Denver,John
Label Rca Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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