Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits

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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 ...
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All Music Guide
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: 10/5/2004
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828766076424
  • Catalog Number: 60764
  • Sales rank: 1,035

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
Vic Anesini Mastering
Barney Wyckoff Producer, Audio Production
Joseph DiMuro Executive Producer
Stuart Rubin Executive Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great introduction to John Denver

    John Denver was a hugely prolific singer-songwriter, and anyone wanting to become familiar with his work is likely to find his vast pile of music a bit intimidating. Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits is an excellent place to start. Containing some of his best-known songs, it also manages to capture the depth and width of John Denver's musical history and abilities. And while some of his live recordings may occasionally illustrate the verve and humor that characterized his performances a little better than those created in the studio, the songs on this album, all studio tracks, are so sharp and clean in their sound that they could almost be live.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good memories

    I recently watched John Denver on PBS - and realized how much I have missed hearing his music. My previous cassettes were lost along the way with many moves. This CD is full of old favorites and a few songs I had not previously heard. There is something about John Denver's music that makes you feel everything is going to be okay.

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