Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits

Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits

by John Denver

CD(Bonus CD)

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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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2004
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828766076424
catalogNumber: 60764
Rank: 1733

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
Barney Wyckoff   Producer,Audio Production
Joseph DiMuro   Executive Producer
Stuart Rubin   Executive Producer

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Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
slimikin More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago