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listen  1. Leaving on a Jet PlaneJohn Denver 3:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Take Me Home, Country Roads (Remastered)John Denver 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Sunshine On My Shoulders (Digitally Remastered)John Denver 5:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Poems, Prayers & Promises (Digitally Remastered)John Denver 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Eagle And The Hawk (Digitally Remastered)John Denver 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Rocky Mountain HighJohn Denver 4:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Farewell Andromeda (Welcome To My Morning) (Digitally Remastered)John Denver 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Annie's SongJohn Denver 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Back Home Again (Digitally Remastered)John Denver 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Sweet Surrender (Digitally Remastered)John Denver 5:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Thank God I'm A Country Boy (Live Version - Digitally Remastered)John Denver 3:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. I'm Sorry (Digitally Remastered)John Denver 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Calypso (Digitally Remastered)John Denver 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Fly Away (Digitally Remastered)John Denver 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Looking For Space (Digitally Remastered)John Denver 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Like A Sad Song (Digitally Remastered)John Denver 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. My Sweet Lady (Digitally Remastered)John Denver 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Perhaps LoveJohn Denver With Placido Domingo 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Shanghai Breezes (Digitally Remastered)John Denver 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Wild Montana Skies (Digitally Remastered)John Denver Duet with Emmylou Harris 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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listen  1. Leaving On A Jet Plane (Babe I Hate To Go)John Denver 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The WeightJohn Denver 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Annie's Song (Previously unreleased acoustic mix)John Denver 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Calypso (Previously unreleased acoustic mix)John Denver 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B0002WZT4S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #727 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

BMG Strategic Marketing Group assembles here, the definitive single disc collection of Denver favorites, along with a bonus disc of special & previously unreleased songs that every fan will want to have. Pulled from the original master tapes & remastered to perfection, this is the purest sounding John Denver ever.

Customer Reviews

Really like John Denver's music and have enjoyed listening to this album.
Prefl96
Released on the 35th anniversary of JD's first album "Definitive All Time Greatest Hits" is an assortment of his most popular songs.
Joseph E. Farrell
When i was young,i listened to a lot of denver's music and this cd brought back a lot of good memories.
Carolyn J. Wilson

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144 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on October 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
John wrote Leaving on a jet plane before he was famous. It became a huge international hit for Peter Paul and Mary. As well as John's own recording of that song, this collection includes all his big American hits including Take me home country roads (a UK hit for Olivia Newton John), Sunshine on my shoulders, Annie's song (his biggest hit - number one in Britain and America), Back home again (my favorite song of his), Sweet surrender, I'm sorry, Rocky mountain high, Thank God I'm a country boy and Calypso (a tribute to Jacques Cousteau). The eighties were less successful but yielded two superb duets - Perhaps love (with Placido Domingo) and Wild Montana skies (with Emmylou Harris).

The bonus CD contains some fascinating alternative versions of Leaving on a jet plane, Annie's song and Calypso, plus a cover of The weight, a song normally associated with The Band.

The first CD is the strongest single CD collection of John's music yet released. Furthermore, the sound quality is better than on any previous collection.

Dedicated fans should be aware that this collection was released as Definitive all time greatest hits in the USA, but as A song's best friend - the very best of John Denver in Britain, where the collection has been issued in two versions - with and without the second CD. This difference is justified since only Annie's song and Perhaps love made the UK charts. Just don't waste your money buying both. Buy your local version.
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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Craig Steven Phillips, Author of The Buddha's Dog on August 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
As a longtime fan who actually saw John perform at the Forum in L.A. way back in 74' and again a year before he died, I agree with the other reviewer who would have preferred the "Greatest Hits" versions of these songs to have been included. There was a reason that John re-recorded those song's for that album way back in 73'. He felt his voice was better (and it was!)and the songs had grown since he first recorded them (and they do sound better). To my ear, he was right. For my money, I'll take the newly remastered "Greatest Hits", which by the way, sounds amazing and the newly remastered "Back Home Again", where I can find one of Denver's best songs "Matthew", which is amazingly NOT on this collection, and the "Rocky Mountain Collection", where I can find gems such as "I'de Rather be a Cowboy" in remastered glory. And I'll wait for John's best album's, "Rocky Mountain High","Farewell Andromeda" and "I Want to Live" to be properly remastered. For those of you who are more than casual fans, buy the remasters and listen to the songs the way you remember them from all those years ago. I have a feeling that that's the way John would have liked it!!
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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful By mirasreviews HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits" was released on the 35th anniversary of John Denver's first album and aims to be a comprehensive collection of Denver's most popular songs for a general audience, while providing big Denver fans who have everything with some previously unreleased material.

The first disc contains the hits: 20 songs representing 12 albums from 1969 to 1983 remastered from original studio recordings. Among the big hits which most everyone will recognize from radio airplay are "Sunshine On My Shoulders", the Tchaikovsky-inspired "Annie's Song", and "Fly Away", all of which reached #1 on the adult contemporary charts, "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "Rocky Mountain High", "Calypso", "Shanghai Breezes", "Wild Montana Skies" (duet with Emmylou Harris), and a live version of the twangy, upbeat "Thank God I'm a Country Boy". "Leaving on a Jet Plane", which John Denver wrote, was a hit for Peter, Paul & Mary, but Denver's version is also excellent. Casual John Denver fans will be pleased with this great selection of songs.

Disc 2 is "bonus" material: 4 previously unreleased recordings of "Leaving on a Jet Plane", "The Weight" (written and made famous by The Band), "Annie's Song", and "Calypso", for a total of about 14 minutes of material. This is the earliest recording of "Leaving on a Jet Plane", from 1966, recorded before John Denver got his first solo recording contract. "Annie's Song" and "Calypso" are acoustic versions with only guitar, mandolin, and voice. "The Weight" sounds good but just doesn't have the emotional impact of some other recordings of the song. The bonus tracks tend to have more prominent vocals than the same songs on disc 1, but the quality of the recordings is not as good.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There are numerous John Denver collections to choose from dating all the way back to his first 1973 greatest hits package, but this one is nearly perfect. The only real flaw is the omission of his 1981 hit "Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone)." That aside, this disc includes each of his other top 40 hits from "Take Me Home, Country ROads" through "Shanghai Breeze."

The brief 4-track bonus disc is highlighted by a breathtaking acoustic version of "Calypso" that is even better than the hit version. Just to get this song is worth the price of admission. Denver may not have gotten much critical praise during his heyday in the early seventies, but these tracks explain what made him one of the most popular artists of the decade. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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