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Country Roads Collection [Box set]

John DenverAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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listen  2. CircusJohn Denver 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Rhymes and ReasonsJohn Denver 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Catch Another ButterflyJohn Denver 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. DaydreamsJohn Denver 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Follow MeJohn Denver 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. AspenglowJohn Denver 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. MollyJohn Denver 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Sticky Summer WeatherJohn Denver 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. IsabelJohn Denver 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Sunshine on My ShouldersJohn Denver 5:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. My Sweet LadyJohn Denver 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Take Me Home, Country RoadsJohn Denver 3:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. I Guess He'd Rather Be In ColoradoJohn Denver 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Poems, Prayers And PromisesJohn Denver 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Starwood in AspenJohn Denver 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. City Of New OrleansJohn Denver 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. All Of My MemoriesJohn Denver 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Casey's Last RideJohn Denver 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. The Eagle and the HawkJohn Denver 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Friends w-ith YouJohn Denver 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Rocky Mountain HighJohn Denver 4:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. For Baby (For Bobbie)John Denver 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Goodbye AgainJohn Denver 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. We Don't Live Here No MoreJohn Denver 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. I'd Rather Be a Cowboy (Lady's Chains)John Denver 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Farewell Andromeda (Welcome to My Morning)John Denver 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Rocky Mountain Suite (Cold Nights In Canada)John Denver 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Annie's SongJohn Denver 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Back Home AgainJohn Denver 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Grandma's Feather BedJohn Denver 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Sweet SurrenderJohn Denver 5:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. EclipseJohn Denver 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Thank God I'm A Country BoyJohn Denver 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. This Old GuitarJohn Denver 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. SpiritJohn Denver 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Song Of WyomingJohn Denver 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. I'm SorryJohn Denver 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. WindsongJohn Denver 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Looking For SpaceJohn Denver 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Fly AwayJohn Denver 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. CalypsoJohn Denver 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Come And Let Me Look In Your EyesJohn Denver 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Like A Sad SongJohn Denver 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Polka Dots And MoonbeamsJohn Denver 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. In The Grand WayJohn Denver 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. How Can I Leave You AgainJohn Denver 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Ripplin' WatersJohn Denver 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. It Amazes MeJohn Denver 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Singing Skies And Dancing WatersJohn Denver 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Dearest EsmeraldaJohn Denver 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Thirsty BootsJohn Denver 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. I Want to LiveJohn Denver 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. SouthwindJohn Denver 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Garden SongJohn Denver 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. What's On Your MindJohn Denver 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. You're So BeautifulJohn Denver 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. In My HeartJohn Denver 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. The Mountain SongJohn Denver 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Song For The LifeJohn Denver 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. AutographJohn Denver 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone)John Denver 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Country LoveJohn Denver 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. DreamsJohn Denver 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Heart To HeartJohn Denver 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Shanghai BreezesJohn Denver 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Seasons of the HeartJohn Denver 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Perhaps LoveJohn Denver With Placido Domingo 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Falling Out Of LoveJohn Denver 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. It's About TimeJohn Denver 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Wild Montana SkiesJohn Denver Duet with Emmylou Harris 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Dreamland ExpressJohn Denver 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. If EverJohn Denver 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. I'm In The Mood To Be Desired TonightJohn Denver 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Don't Close Your Eyes, TonightJohn Denver 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Love Is the MasterJohn Denver 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. I Can't EscapeJohn Denver 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Love AgainJohn Denver 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Flying for MeJohn Denver 5:40$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 26, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: August 26, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000002X27
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,958 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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

Product Description

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!

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107 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for John Denver February 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is not for the neophyte John Denver fan. [They would be better served by the recently released 2-disc Portrait or the single disc Greatest Country Hits.] But true fans of the late John Denver will settle for nothing less than this sprawling 4-disc, 79-song box set. And even at that, this is not a complete retrospective, being limited to his 1969 to 1986 tenure at RCA. [So there are no songs from his stint with the Chad Mitchell Trio or anything from the albums he released on his own Windstar label after leaving RCA.] But what you do get shows the breadth and depth of one of America's best singer-songwriters of the past half century.
Of course, you get all the hits--fifteen top forty hits in all, and six of them sold at least a million copies!
Disc-1 covers his first four albums, beginning with the song which gave him his first national exposure as a songwriter--the lovely "Leaving on a Jet Plane" from 1969's Rhymes and Reasons (and covered by Peter, Paul & Mary who take it to No. 1). It wasn't until his fourth album, "Poems, Prayers, and Promises," that he charted with the single "Take Me Home, Country Roads."
Disc-2 essentially covers Denver's peak commercial years (1972-75). "Annie's Song," "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" and "Calypso" all went to No. 1. His anthemic "Rocky Mountain High" epitomized the wholesome, down-home qualities of this all-American boy next door. And perhaps it was these same qualities which became his undoing. As the seventies wore on and musical tastes changed, a fickle record-buying public were no longer enthralled with the bespectacled "country boy."
Disc-3 sees the hits charting lower and lower.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent retrospective December 21, 2002
Format:Audio CD
You have to enjoy John's music a lot to want this box, but you don't have to be a fanatic. This set provides a comprehensive overview of his career from his years at RCA (which are really the only ones that matter to most people).
The first CD is interesting. It is made up entirely of tracks from Rhymes and reasons, Take me to tomorrow, Poems prayers and promises and Aerie. These were his first, second, fourth and fifth albums. The third album (Who's garden was this?) is mentioned in the accompanying booklet, but is not represented here at all. The collection starts with Leaving on a jet plane, which John wrote before he was famous. It became a huge international hit for Peter Paul and Mary. The most famous track is Take me home country roads, but there are many other great songs here. I would like to have seen his cover of Buddy Holly's Everyday and something from that third album included, but I have no complaints about what has been included.
The second CD is compiled from the next four original albums - Rocky mountain high, Farewell Andromeda, Back home again and Windsong. This was the period when John's popularity was at its peak. Many of his famous songs are on this CD, including Annie's song, Back home again, Sweet surrender, I'm sorry and Rocky mountain high. Thank God I'm a country boy, originally a track on Back home again, was later recorded live and that recording became another huge hit. It is that version which is included here, not the original studio recording.
The third CD begins with one last track from Windsong - Calypso, a tribute to Jacques Cousteau. During the period covered by this CD, John recorded two Christmas albums including one with the Muppets. Neither of these are represented here.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor Mixes Compromise Fine Music December 28, 1999
Format:Audio CD
During the seventies, as a youngster, I had mixed emotions about John Denver's hit music. Tentatively, after the tragedy I decided to purchase this 4 c.d. set from BMG Direct - his old record company. After listening to the entire set, I gained tremendous respect for Mr. Denver. I'm now embarrassed that I didn't fully appreciate his talents. In my opinion, 25% of the songs are truly outstanding, 35% are good, 30% are average and 10% are unlistenable.
As such, I decided to puirchase more of Mr. Denver's music. After acquiring various individual albums (remember those things?) and c.d.'s, it became apparent this box set is poorly mixed. The vocals are upfront while the instumental work, especially the guitars, lacks presence. One simply cannot hear the complexity of the musical backing of which incoporates Mr. Denver's own guitar playing. I wonder if anybody else out there has the same impression?
Regardless, this set is a fine introduction To Mr. Denver's music from 1969-1986. Also,his music after this period is worth owning. I wish that BMG would reissue his complete catalogue - MIXED PROPERLY !
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Weakened instrumentals December 27, 2008
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Format:Audio CD
As soon as I started playing the first disc I thought to myself "something sounds different from what I remembered". I took out my old cassette tapes of his Greatest Hits album and compared each song. Sure enough, the instrumentals from the greatest hits album were much fuller sounding. Looking back through these reviews I see I'm not the only one to notice this. Very disappointed! Buy his "John Denver's Greatest Hits" rather than this collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Denver Forever!
John Denver is one of the few people I can easily say, "that I like everything he's made." This collection was through enough to include many of the classics and broad... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jesse Francis
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great collection
Like others who have commented, I have enjoyed this package and nothing beats singing with John in the car! Read more
Published 7 months ago by T. G. Fish
1.0 out of 5 stars sound quality ruins the music
The sound quality on this box set is terrible. I have the RCA box collection...so I know that this music can sound better than this. Read more
Published 7 months ago by tadmor
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice easy music
I love all of his songs and all of the words to the songs has a meaning to it. As if you were flying over a mountains
Published 7 months ago by Sharon L. Trimble
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection
This is a great collection of John Denver's music. It's so soothing and pleasant to listen to. I have also found no remakes of the songs.
Published 8 months ago by Amanda L. Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok - not great
This was a gift for my mother who is a big fan. I found that for a box set it was a pretty cheap deliverable, not as much extras as I would would have hoped.
Published 8 months ago by Steve v.
5.0 out of 5 stars John Denver Multi-CD Collection
This is an awesome collection that plays for hours. There are only a couple of songs I would have skipped in favor of others, but a great selection overall. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cat Captain
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for my mother
She loved it! It came quickly and in great condition. My mother is a huge John Denver fan and had lost her favorite CD in the set.
Published 11 months ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a true fan of John Denver
As a longtime fan of John Denver, this collection is just wonderful. I have really enjoyed listening to it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by E Sellers
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my most precious posessions
I love John Denver. He is always singing to me in my car. This is a beautiful collection of his songs. I love it.
Published 12 months ago by April Hughes-Spann
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