There have been a number of John Denver collections, but none of 'em measures up to this 4-CD, 79-track blockbuster! Inside are all of his hits, choice album cuts and unreleased material, with fine annotation it's the last word on one of the signature singer-songwriters of the '70s. Includes Take Me Home, Country Roads; Rocky Mountain High; Sunshine on My Shoulders; Annie's Song; Thank God I'm a Country Boy; I'm Sorry; Calypso they're all here and then some!
Massive and impressively comprehensive, the Country Roads Box Collection
is classic John Denver. Spanning four discs, the collection not only draws upon the obvious highlights of Denver's career, but also includes fan favorites that might not have received the same airplay as their more popular counterparts. Listening to Country Roads
, the finesse with which Denver balanced his folk rock tendencies with his country leanings emerges as testament to his talent. As a box set, the collection would be remiss if it didn't include "Leaving on a Jet Plane," "Annie's Song," "Thank God I'm a Country Boy," or "Rocky Mountain High"--and, of course, the box set's namesake is here. Later hits like "Calypso," with its sea-shanty yodeling, portray Denver's ability to ease himself into the role of balladeer, regardless of the genre. Novelty duets with Placido Domingo and Emmylou Harris were intended to rekindle what seemed to be lagging popularity, but Country Roads
establishes John Denver's contributions as timeless, nonetheless. --Steve Gdula