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Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits

Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits

by John Denver John Denver
Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits

Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits

by John Denver John Denver

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2004
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828766076424
catalogNumber: 60764
Rank: 9348


Disc 1

  1. Leaving on a Jet Plane
  2. Take Me Home, Country Roads
  3. Sunshine on My Shoulders
  4. Poems, Prayers and Promises
  5. The Eagle and the Hawk
  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
  2. The Weight
  3. Annie's Song
  4. Calypso

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Denver   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Vocals
Plácido Domingo   Vocals
Lee Holdridge   Conductor
Milton Okun   Conductor

Technical Credits

John Denver   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Robbie Robertson   Composer
Lennie Niehaus   Orchestral Arrangements
Bill Danoff   Composer
Lee Holdridge   Arranger,String Arrangements
Taffy Nivert   Composer
Milton Okun   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Audio Production,Song Notes
John Sommers   Composer
Michael Taylor   Composer
Mike Taylor   Arranger,Composer
David Wild   Liner Notes
Dick Kniss   Arranger,Composer
Erwin Gorostiza   Art Direction
Barney Wyckoff   Producer,Audio Production
Joseph DiMuro   Executive Producer
Stuart Rubin   Executive Producer

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