John Denver - Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits (2CD) (Remaster)


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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 Jacque 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. ~ James Christopher Monger, All Music Guide


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1, Leaving On A Jet Plane, Take Me Home Country Roads, Sunshine On My Shoulders, Poems Prayers And Promises, The Eagle And The Hawk, Rocky Mountain High, Farewell Andromeda (Welcome To My Morning), Annie's Song, Back Home Again, Sweet Surrender, Thank God I'm A Country Boy, I'm Sorry, Calypso, Fly Away, Looking For Space, Like A Sad Song, My Sweet Lady, Perhaps Love - Featuring Placido Domingo, Shanghai Breezes, Wild Montana Skies - Featuring Emmylou Harris, 2, Leaving On A Jet Plane (Babe I Hate To Go), The Weight, Annie's Song (Acoustic Mix), Calypso (Acoustic Mix)
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30472024, 30439954

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John Denver - Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits (2CD) (Remaster) is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great CD! I have always been a John Denver fan and this cd is great!
Date published: 2011-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best collection yet! The one way it could be better is if "Grandma's Feather Bed" was included.
Date published: 2009-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from John Denver Definitive all-time greatest hits love this album
Date published: 2015-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from John Denver forever Love love love john's music these are all my favorites
Date published: 2015-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic All the best in one place
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cd it's definitly what i was expecting all my favorite songs
Date published: 2016-11-17
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