The Wildlife Concert

The Wildlife Concert

by John Denver
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The Wildlife Concert

John Denver's first live album, An Evening with John Denver (1975), was a lavish two-LP set accompanying a network TV special, released at his commercial peak. His second live album, The Wildlife Concert, is a lavish two-CD set accompanying a cable TV special and home video, released at his commercial trough. Denver performs most of his Top Ten hits from the '70s (but not "Thank God I'm a Country Boy," the big hit off the last live album), getting the bulk of them out of the way early on the first disc. He adds some well-chosen covers by folk peers such as David Mallett (the antiwar "You Say the Battle Is Over") and Tom Paxton ("Bet on the Blues"), selects some of his better, if less familiar, songs of the last decade ("The Harder They Fall," "Falling Out of Love"), and introduces new material touching on his favorite romantic ("Is It Love?") and political/philosophical ("Amazon") themes. With such a balanced set list, he manages to revitalize the best of his catalog, reassert his folk roots, and, to an extent, redefine himself.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/13/1995
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646465523
catalogNumber: 64655
Rank: 67169

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Denver   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
James Burton   Dobro,Guitar,Slide Guitar
Pat Hawk   Vocals
Jim Horn   Flute,Recorder,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Karen Karlsrud   Violin
Michito Sánchez   Percussion
Alan Deremo   Bass
Caryl Paisner   Cello
Pete Huttlinger   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Chris Nole   Synthesizer,Piano,Vocals
Jennie Hansen   Viola

Technical Credits

John Denver   Composer
Bill Danoff   Composer
John Harris   Engineer
Taffy Nivert   Composer
Michael Taylor   Composer
Mike Taylor   Composer
Dick Kniss   Composer
Bob Irwin   Producer

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The Wildlife Concert 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Magnum-1 More than 1 year ago
"The Wildlife Concert" is John Denver's second live recording (released 20 years after the first) and was recorded during two benefit concerts for the Wildlife Conservation Society in 1995. Like his previous live album, "An Evening with John Denver," Denver performs the songs straight forward with not much difference from the studio versions. He plays the hits like "Sunshine on my Shoulders" and "Country Roads" as well as some of his best if lesser known songs from the 1980s like "Dreamland Express." The version of "Rocky Mountain High" featured here is my favorite rendition of the song. One detraction is that the songs on the first disc, aside from the hits, are very somber and not as well constructed as some of Denver's other work. The second disc is quite excellent and includes the previously unreleased song "For You." Denver is more serious here than on his first live album but there are some fun audience interactions such as when he utters his 70s catch phrase "Far Out," and then follows it with "Did I say that, I didn't say that." Overall this album is geared more toward die-hard Denver fans but novices will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Denver did a fine job with this concert. He sang his heart out! In my opinion, this concert could have launched a comeback for Denver. Although he has some lively performances on the disc, the concert is full of the hits that made denver a star in the 70s.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John captures in his voice, style and heart what mattered to him in life with this album. You ride the rollercoaster of life in the songs he performs. He takes you from the wings of an eagle to the pounding hooves of a stallion, from the lofty mountain peaks to the crashing waves against the bow of the Calypso. THE album for not only the utimate John Denver fan but for those of us who love the planet as much as he did.
mimi6x More than 1 year ago
My husband and I have been fans of John's since the beginning. The format is wonderful since it was his passion and love for the environment that we remember him the most for. Having been to his live concerts it was like being there again and hearing him perform. We love it and play it often.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you even just kinda-sorta liked John Denver, this is a "must-have" DVD...... his sincerity, clarity, and message via music is a real blessing..... Beautiful songs with Pat Hawk doing a fantastic job on the background vocals... God bless you John Denver and band.... we miss you and thank you for this concert