Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits

Performers John Denver

BMG Heritage | October 5, 2004 | Compact Disc

Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
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. ~ James Christopher Monger

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 5, 2004

Genre: Folk Rock

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2004

Label Name: BMG Heritage

UPC: 828766076424

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Have CD - Even if you have entire JD collec Pleasantly pleased with this compilation. The quality is great. Bonus track The Weight previously unreleased is worth the cost of the CD by itself. I didn't think I would be hearing anything new (to me at least)since I pretty much have all his CDs. If you have a John Denver fan in the family (and who doesn't?), or if you are one, I would highly recommend this CD for under the Christmas tree. It also contains a 1966 previously unreleased recording of Leaving on a Jet Plane from the album John Denver Sings . I've been a fan for over 20 years and I had never heard of the album John Denver Sings . Also there are tracks of Annie's Song from March 1974, and Calypso from July 1975, both previously unreleased. There are some very early photos of John with long hair that were a treat to see, and a centrefold picture of him on a motorcycle driving through the countryside with the wind in his hair(from the BMG archives). Also included a fan's notes by david wild ; and a song-by-song commentary with Milt Okun in the jacket notes - did you know that Leaving on a Jet Plane was almost called Oh Babe I Hate to Go? (Insert is 10 pages colour double sided = 20 pgs). Also includes mini photos of 20 of JD's album jacket covers and their release dates. Milt's insight regarding each of the tracks is a real value add to the CD. Great job!
Date published: 2004-11-11

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Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits

Performers John Denver

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 5, 2004

Genre: Folk Rock

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2004

Label Name: BMG Heritage

UPC: 828766076424


Title Track Time
0.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.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.Calypso --
13.I'm Sorry --
14.Fly Away --
15.Looking For Space --
16.Like A Sad Song --
17.My Sweet Lady --
18.Perhaps Love - (with Placido Domingo) --
19.Shanghai Breezes --
20.Wild Montana Skies - (with Emmylou Harris) --
0.DISC 2: BONUS DISC: --
1.Leaving on a Jet Plane (babe I Hate To Go) - (previously unreleased, original version) --
2.Weight, The - (previously unreleased) --
3.Annie's Song - (previously unreleased, acoustic version) --
4.Calypso - (previously unreleased, acoustic version) --

Editorial Notes

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. ~ James Christopher Monger
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