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The best 2-CD set ever compiled, 36 tracks that capture the essence of John's glittering recording career. Includes Leaving on a Jet Plane; Thank God I'm a Country Boy; Take Me Home Country Roads; Annie's Song; I'm Sorry; Sunshine on My Shoulders; Rhymes and Reasons; Poems, Prayers and Promises; I Guess He'd Rather Be in Colorado; Friends with You; Rocky Mountain High; Goodbye Again; Farewell Andromeda (Welcome to My Morning); Back Home Again; Matthew , and more.

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  1. Leaving on a Jet PlaneJohn Denver 3:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Rhymes and ReasonsJohn Denver 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Take Me Home, Country RoadsJohn Denver 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Poems, Prayers and PromisesJohn Denver 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. I Guess He'd Rather Be in ColoradoJohn Denver 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Friends with YouJohn Denver 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Rocky Mountain HighJohn Denver 4:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Goodbye AgainJohn Denver 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. I'd Rather Be a Cowboy (Lady's Chains)John Denver 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Farewell Andromeda (Welcome to My Morning)John Denver 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Sunshine on My ShouldersJohn Denver 5:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Back Home AgainJohn Denver 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. MatthewJohn Denver 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Thank God I'm a Country BoyJohn Denver 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. Annie's SongJohn Denver 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. Sweet SurrenderJohn Denver 5:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Looking for SpaceJohn Denver 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. I'm SorryJohn Denver 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  2. Fly AwayJohn Denver 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Baby, You Look Good to Me TonightJohn Denver 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Like A Sad SongJohn Denver 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. How Can I Leave You AgainJohn Denver 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. It Amazes MeJohn Denver 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. I Want to LiveJohn Denver 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. My Sweet LadyJohn Denver 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. AutographJohn Denver 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone)John Denver 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. The Cowboy and the LadyJohn Denver 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Seasons of the HeartJohn Denver 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Shanghai BreezesJohn Denver 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Perhaps LoveJohn Denver 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Wild Montana SkiesJohn Denver Duet with Emmylou Harris 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Love AgainJohn Denver 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Dreamland ExpressJohn Denver 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Is It Love?John Denver 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 27, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000MM0Y8Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
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199 of 202 people found the following review helpful By Comic Online on February 20, 2009
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So, i'm a John Denver nut. The same is true when it comes to Elvis, CCR, and Steely Dan. But Denver's catalog is the most elusive of all. His current catalog of music goes from fresh 21st Century remixes all the way down to echo-chamber, muffled CD masters created in 1987. Because i'm a stickler for sound quality, i will give every Denver fan a quick lesson in the remastering history of JD's catalog...

There are 3 distinct remastering periods of John Denver's music on CD. I know this because being a stickler for high-quality audio, i did a lot of research of liner notes, and online sources to find out when, where, and by whom John Denver's catalog was remastered.

1.) 1987-1991. This is the first period in which John Denver's music was mastered for CD, and with few exceptions, they sound awful. The more acoustic ones sound better than the ones with lush string orchestras, but still not great. Without proper mastering, those strings become one big mess of sound. Unless you are a completist, i urge you to stay away from any CD's originally released in this time period.

2.) 1996-2001. This is the second period, in which John's music was given a much needed overhaul. Unfortunately, it wasn't the entire catalog, but mostly various box sets, single-disc compilations, and the remaining albums that were oerlooked the first time around. Lucky for those albums that got passed over in the '80s, because the ones done during this period sound far better (Spirit, JD, and Autograph). Nearly every disc mastered in this period was done by the team of Paul Williams, Bll Lacey, and Mike Hartry. Their names can usually be found on the liner notes of these CD's.

3.) 2004-2008. This is the newest and best period of JD's remasters.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on March 4, 2007
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Denver's run of signature hits made him both one of the 1970s most beloved country-folk singers and one of the decade's most lampooned. His earnest "Far Out!" trademark was at once a echo of the '60s hippie vibe, and a good fit for the mainstream of the '70s. RCA/Legacy celebrates Denver's rich catalog with this 2-CD anthology that spans his biggest pop hits, lower-charting singles, album tracks and a few odds and ends. It's a perfect overview for those who love Denver's hits and want a collection that offers a bit more. Yes, this set reiterates material that's already been reissued many times, but that's the nature of the retail music industry - new reissues garner new reviews, renew shelf space and spur sales. And that's the point of this release - to preserve the artistic relevance of Denver's core catalog by promoting its commercial vitality among new generations of fans.

Denver debuted as a solo artist in 1969 with his "Rhyme and Reason" LP, the title track of which is included here alongside Denver's original recording of his own "Leaving on a Jet Plane." Though neither were a hit, they showed Denver to be a songwriter whose words could provide a personal touch in a mass market. "Leaving on a Jet Plane" was a memorable, emotion-drenched hit for Peter, Paul & Mary, but as rendered here without Mary Travers' gut-wrenching vocal it's equally poignant, with Denver's bittersweet delivery backed by an arrangement of high-hat, guitar, bass and organ that's as light as the dawn underlying the lyrics.

Two albums in 1970 ("Whose Garden Was This" and "Take Me to Tomorrow") failed to generate any hits, and are left off this anthology.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 11, 2007
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You're never going to find a better valued John Denver collection than this. Sure there are other best-of's and sorts but this "Essential" has ALL of John's best songs.Everyone thought his "Definitive Greatest Hits" that came out a few years ago was good but this is SO MUCH BETTER!!! Hats off to RCA for relasing this, I've been waiting for a real good John Denver collection with the original versions and finally I now have it! 5 STARS ALL THE WAY!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 16, 2007
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Here's a genuine guilty pleasure... John Denver was part of the musical aether when I was a kid, and his hit songs like "Thank God I'm a Country Boy," "Rocky Mountain High" and "Take Me Home Country Roads" are burned into my DNA. Heck, I even like the super-sentimental "Annie's Song," and will sing along whenever I hear it... This 2-CD set gathers all those chart-toppers, along with dozens of other tracks taken from Denver's career... There are even rarities that include collaborations with opera legend Placido Domingo and country-rock pioneer Emmylou Harris... All that's missing is his work with Sesame Street's Muppets! Although Denver's crunchy-granola faux-hippieism became something of a pop culture punchline during the 1970s, he proved a durable artist, working in a mellow folk-pop mode... This collection should fill the bill for longtime fans and newcomers alike... Personally, I'm just glad I can cuddle up with "Annie's Song" again, in the privacy of my own home. (Don't tell anyone, though!)
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. Graham on March 1, 2007
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I couldn't agree more with the first review of this compilation - enough is enough! I give the music 5 stars; the folks who released it one star. These repeated compilations all feature the same 15-20 big hits, plus some extra tracks. Whether these songs are the "essential" ones is certainly up for debate. I would prefer a collection of 35 songs without the big hits...2-3 album cuts from each of JD's albums..this would be a better collection. There is nothing from 1988's excellent "Higher Ground" album on this "essential collection". Of all the compilation/live albums out there, I would most recommend the Wildlife Concert or the Harbor Lights concert. The former is a bit heavier on the hits, the latter has many of the hits, but a good mix of lesser known, but still great songs spanning many phases of JD's illustrious career.
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Not to quibble with the reviewers, but..
Denver's 2-CD set "Rocky Mountain Collection" is a much better compilation and more inclusive, but if you don't own a lot of his albums and want just about everything he recorded than go for the 4-CD "Country Roads" collection. You'll get ALL the hits plus a few gems that I'm... Read More
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