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Definitive All-time Greatest Hits
Artist: Denver, John
UPC: 00828766076424
Label: Rca Records/Sbme
Genre: Country & Western
    OUR PRICE: $7.13  
Product Type: Compact Disc
Released: October 2004
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Units: 2
Weight: 0.25 lbs
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Track Listing
1 DISC 1:
2 Leaving on a Jet Plane
3 Sweet Surrender
4 Thank God I'm a Country Boy
5 I'm Sorry
6 Calypso
7 Fly Away
8 Looking for Space
9 Like a Sad Song
10 My Sweet Lady
11 Perhaps Love
12 Shanghai Breezes
13 Take Me Home, Country Roads
14 Wild Montana Skies
15 Sunshine on My Shoulders
16 Poems, Prayers and Promises
17 Eagle and the Hawk, The
18 Rocky Mountain High
19 Farewell Andromeda (Welcome to My Morning)
20 Annie's Song
21 Back Home Again
22 DISC 2: BONUS DISC:
23 Leaving on a Jet Plane - (previously unreleased, original version)
24 Weight, The - (previously unreleased)
25 Annie's Song - (Acoustic Mix, previously unreleased, acoustic version)
26 Calypso - (Acoustic Mix, previously unreleased, acoustic version)
Release Date : 10/05/2004
General Description : Performer
Muze Genre-sub class : Rock & Pop
Number of Discs : 2
Running Time : 91 minutes 30 seconds
Performance Recorded : Studio
Misc Note : Initials pressings include bonus disc. Personnel: John Denver (vocals, guitar); Emmylou Harris, PlĀ 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.