An Evening with John Denver [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Shawn M. Haney
For those who know or have heard of John Denver, his life, his songs, and his experiences have been legendary. Bursting onto the scene in the early '70s, Denver used his skill of folk-rock and mastery of composition to bring light and heartfelt spirit to the world of music. This compilation is remarkably engineered and produced. "I've been looking forward to this for a long, long time," said Denver during this live recording for RCA at the California Universal Amphitheater in August/September of 1974. He also tells the audience, most attentive to say the least, that he worked on his songs late into the evening on the beach's lifeguard stands the first time he arrived in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Shawn M. Haney
For those who know or have heard of John Denver, his life, his songs, and his experiences have been legendary. Bursting onto the scene in the early '70s, Denver used his skill of folk-rock and mastery of composition to bring light and heartfelt spirit to the world of music. This compilation is remarkably engineered and produced. "I've been looking forward to this for a long, long time," said Denver during this live recording for RCA at the California Universal Amphitheater in August/September of 1974. He also tells the audience, most attentive to say the least, that he worked on his songs late into the evening on the beach's lifeguard stands the first time he arrived in California in the late '60s. It was a long journey to the top of singing stardom, just eating in order to play for people in the early days. This is a different record from those of his individual ones. It is here that Denver is backed up by a phenomenal orchestra conducted by Lee Holdridge. Dick Kniss is there to back him up on bass guitar. Steve Weisberg adds the electric guitar, steel pedal, and dobro. Herb Lovelle sits in on drums, Hal Blaine adds the percussion, and John Sommers puts added touches with rhythm guitar, banjo, fiddle, and mandolin. The album begins with Denver's song of encouragement, "Farewell Andromeda." "Welcome to my morning/Welcome to my happiness/It pleases me to have you here for just a little while," sings Denver. Then it's off to the races with the uptempo Beatles cover "Mother Nature's Son," in which Denver received much praise for playing, keeping the spirit of the Fab Four alive. "Summer" takes the listener to their favorite vacation spot in the midst of a memory-filled season. He throws in Randy Sparks' song "Toledo" for laughs. The artist receives from the audience a strong reception for the hilarious tune. A song about Denver's uncle, "Matthew," brings to the listeners a lesson "that joy is the thing you should be raised on/And love is just a way to live and die." Denver gives the audience his version of Jim Connor's "Grandma's Feather Bed," another crowd pleaser. After quite an entertaining ending, he introduces his beautiful song "Annie's Song" in sentimental fashion, a song written and played in love of his wife. As the record seems to show, the list of songs flow with a great emphasis of highs and lows, such like the momentum of a roller coaster. It is after the soothing, sweet ballad for Annie that Denver puts on all the stops, pressing full forward with the intense and passionate tune "The Eagle and the Hawk." This song has the theme of the environment written all over its melody, as does nearly all of the artist's work. Another ballad is played with sheer eloquence and sincerity by Denver, "My Sweet Lady." This is certainly an album filled with the artist's best, and one must wonder how he manages to fit all these tunes into one concert for the listeners' enjoyment. A wonderful version of "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" ignites the audience with another rousing of applause, as do "Take Me Home, Country Roads" and his most well-known hit, "Rocky Mountain High." This is a must even for the casual John Denver listener. Only by fully taking in the music can listeners see his vision of good music and passion for protection of the environment. [The 2001 double-CD edition features the concert in full and adds bonus tracks from another show.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2001
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636935324
  • Catalog Number: 69353
  • Sales rank: 5,982

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Denver Primary Artist
Owen "Boomer" Castleman Track Performer
Technical Credits
Steve Goodman Composer
John Denver Composer
Bill Danoff Composer
Michael Hill Essay
Taffy Nivert Composer
Milton Okun Producer
Michael Taylor Composer
Mike Taylor Composer
Dick Kniss Composer
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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    BEST live album....LOVE it!

    This tales me back to John's best stuff at his best time. Probably my youth at the time plays into it, but I LOVE his voice - he has a sharp edge on every note - almost the most clarity of any singer I have ever liked...this is John at his best - and the music is sublime! Having this on CD with all the tracks restored is just nirvana! John - we still love you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album

    One of my favorite John Denver Albums and the CD is just great!! The sound quality is excellent.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Live Recording for Denver fans

    This fine Live recording was taken during the height of John Denver's popularity and in conjunction with a TV special. This album is a great listen, particularly for Denver fans. Denver's personality is on show here and he is charismatic and funny as ever. As for the songs this album contains a many of his biggest hits like "Rocky Mountain High" and "Annie's Song" and most of them don't stray too far from the studio versions which may detract some people. There are also some traditional sounding Country music songs like "Grandma's Feather Bed" and the hit "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" that are not included on other Denver albums. Also this is the only Denver album (to my knowledge) to feature the wonderful "Annie's Other Song." If there is a problem with this CD it is in the six bonus tracks, while I am happy they are included, the album now ends on a somber note with the awful song "Amsterdam." Also the bonus song "Saturday Night in Toledo, Ohio" is the same as "Toledo" and really not needed as a bonus. The other four bonus track are great, however, and include "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and "I'd Rather be a Cowboy." Overall, a great fun album with Denver in strong form backed by a strong band/orchestra.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I was there

    According to Public TV, this was recorded at a concert at Red Rocks in 1973. If so, I was there. We packed our cooler and drove to Red Rocks mid afternoon (only lived about 10 minutes away). Even then, we were over a third of the was up on the bleachers. It was a truely fun, party atmosphere. Beautiful sunny day and lots of neat kite flying to enjoy! The concert was fantastic - beautiful music outdoors in God's own space! Quite an experience to remember!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    absolutly the best john denver disk ever!

    Nothing more to say, if you like john denver you will love this live cd, I was raised on this cd and still listen to it all the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best John Denver Disk!

    I have loved this collection ever since I was a little girl. John Denver sings with such emotion -- more so than his studio cuts. The orchestra that accompanies Denver is fantastic. The audience is fun to listen to. I ususally dislike live albums because of all the background noise and the music is never as good as the studio versions. Definitely not the case here. Most of the great early Denver hits are here. A must for any John Denver fan or Folk music lover.

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