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  1. Performer
  2. Rock & Pop
  3. Folk Rock
Mono / Stereo
John Denver; Barney Wyckoff; Milton Okun; Milton Okun; John Denver; Barney Wyckoff; Rob Santos (Compilation)
Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits

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.

Country of Origin
BMG Heritage
Studio / Live
John Denver
  1. John Denver
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Leaving on a Jet Plane
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Take Me Home, Country Roads
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Sunshine on My Shoulders
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Poems, Prayers and Promises
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Eagle and the Hawk, The
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Rocky Mountain High
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Farewell Andromeda (Welcome to My Morning)
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Annie's Song
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Back Home Again
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Sweet Surrender
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Thank God I'm a Country Boy
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] I'm Sorry
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Calypso
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Fly Away
  15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Looking for Space
  16. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Like a Sad Song
  17. [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] My Sweet Lady
  18. [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] Perhaps Love
  19. [ Disc 01 Track 19 ] Shanghai Breezes
  20. [ Disc 01 Track 20 ] Wild Montana Skies
  21. [ Disc 02 Track 01 ] Leaving on a Jet Plane - (previously unreleased, original version)
  22. [ Disc 02 Track 02 ] Weight, The - (previously unreleased)
  23. [ Disc 02 Track 03 ] Annie's Song - (Acoustic Mix, previously unreleased, acoustic version)
  24. [ Disc 02 Track 04 ] Calypso - (Acoustic Mix, previously unreleased, acoustic version)
BMG (distributor)
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amanda, Craighall. 15 January 2011

Love it. Denver is the original country music star, his music is timeless. Thanks to Take 2 for getting it to me so quickly.

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