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John Denver's Greatest Hits [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

John DenverAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 7, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Bmg Marketing
  • ASIN: B0009I7O2U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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His #1-smash "best-of" from 1973 plus three new bonus tracks! Includes his classic hits Take Me Home, Country Roads; Sunshine on My Shoulders , and Rocky Mountain High plus Follow Me; Goodbye Again; Leaving, on a Jet Plane; Sail Away Home; Daydream , and more.

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87 of 91 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than just a compliation... November 25, 2006
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Long after his untimely death in 1997, John Denver's songs continue to flicker through America's collective unconscious. Everyone, even the hip hop generation, can sing "Take me Home, Country Roads" and "Rocky Mountain High." Time has actually treated the oft-maligned Denver, born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., rather well. Stripped of the 1970s music culture that derided him as sappy, corny, hokey, shallow, and the essence of uncool, his songs can finally speak for themselves. The era of "art" and "glam" rock had no patience for a "high on life" grinning ear-to-ear songwriter who, to them, resembled the Marlboro Man's disowned hippy son. He got it from all sides. After climbing up the rock/pop charts, Denver soon began to score on the country charts. He became a crossover phenomenon, which meant, in his case, that neither the rock/pop nor the country music communities accepted him. Like usurped royalty they watched as his albums sold millions.

No album of Denver's outsold "John Denver's Greatest Hits." According to the RIAA, it has sold over nine million copies in the United States and still occupies a spot on their top 100 all-time best selling albums list. But its title remains a slight misnomer. At the time of its release in 1973 only four of the album's eleven songs really qualified as "hits." The others had appeared on his then neglected first three albums, released between 1969 and 1970. Those nonstarters nearly ended his career with a splat. Then, a miracle. The final album of his four album contract, 1971's "Poems, Prayers, and Promises," included the now archetypal "Take Me Home, Country Roads." In a flash Denver became ubiquitous. Another gargantuan hit followed in 1972, "Rocky Mountain High," that solidfied the Cheshire Cat nature boy as a major celebrity. The fuse was lit.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GIVING CREDIT WHERE IT'S DUE May 31, 2000
By Michael
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In the 70's, when Denver was at his creative and commercial peak--because he looked like a dork and made bad movies with George Burns and bad TV shows with the Muppets--it was not hip to like his music. I must admit that as a younger man I succumbed to this reasoning myself. I listened to James Taylor and the Eagles but turned my nose up at Denver, whose one hip credential at the time was writing "Leaving on a Jet Plane" for Peter Paul & Mary. . .But if you listen to some of these songs you will realize, if only in retrospect, that there is some real poetry, and some genuine musical majesty working here--particularly in "Rocky Mountain high" and "Take Me Home Country Roads", two of the best hit records of the decade. "Goodbye Again", "Starwood in Aspen" and "Rhymes and Reasons" are underrated songs that would have gotten a lot more respect if they'd been on a James Taylor or Dan Fogelberg album.
Fair is fair. The guy could write a song.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's A Long Way From LA to Denver February 13, 2007
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In 1974, my fourth grade teacher told us that on the last day of school we could bring a record of our choosing and we would listen to it while we had our end-of-school-celebration. You probably couldn't get away with doing that now because some fourth grader might bring Limp Bizket or Korn to to the these days...but in '74, there was some pretty innocuous music going on. My friend brought Jim Croce, another friend brought some Stevie Wonder, and this girl that I was absolutely crazy about brought this particular album.

The thing that was so great about John Denver was that he was a very accomplished musician and knew how to elicit some pretty strong emotions with his music. A lot of people think his music was just sweet without much substance, it was sweet but it was always on the border of being just a little bit sad, as well. I guess that is called 'bittersweet'.

For example, Sunshine. What a great song. It's so simple. It's about the sun. Do we even think about the sun? Do we even realize what a blessing it is? Did you know that if the sun was just a little bit closer we'd burn to a crisp or if it was just a little bit farther away, it would be too cold for the earth to sustain life? But this is just a touching little song about the beauty of the sun and how good it feels to be in the sunshine. Simple. Nice. Touching.

And then Poems, Prayers, and Promises. It's just about being with good friends...and, uhhhh "passing the pipe around"...but y'know, it's okay, it's John Denver. I mean, at least he wasn't all tatted out and had a bone through his nose.

And then there's Leaving On A Jet Plane. Now when I was nine, I didn't realize the heaviness of this song.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Whenever I head west and drive through the mountains, this is the CD I want to listen to. It might seem an obvious link, John Denver's music and the Rocky Mountains, but it is nonetheless appropriate. For some reason "Rocky Mountain High," "Starwood in Aspen," and "The Eagle and the Hawk" sound better at higher altitudes. These eleven songs are those Denver said were most requested in his concerts, but also "Rhymes and Reasons," which he considered having his best lyrics and which is my favorite on the album. Denver had been recording his own songs for only a short time, not really long enough of a period to justify a greatest hits collection, but these were the songs that defined John Denver and his music to the world.

This greatest hits album is somewhat unusual because Denver rerecorded many of the songs, explaining that he felt he was signing better and that he wanted to do something a little different with some of these songs than he had in the original versions. The improvements are noticeable, as is Denver's growth as a songwriter from his earliest hits, "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and "Take Me Home, Country Roads" (where, to be fair, he was the third of three writers) to his later works such as "Poems, Prayers and Promises." Recording their most popular songs would not make sense for a lot of artists, but it is hard to argue with the results in this particular instance.

This 1974 collection sold over ten million copies worldwide, and remained on the Billboard charts for over two years making it all the way to the top for a while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
This is a wonderful album! A must-have for John Denver fans. It's even better hearing him on vinyl
Published 7 hours ago by ladyruger
5.0 out of 5 stars Love John Denvers vocals
I had this on cassette and wore out two of them in the 70's. Having the CD now is great. "Rocky Mountain High" always reminds me of my eldest son (who will see absolutely... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jo Traveler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
John Denver's Greatest Hits is excellent music.
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Published 10 days ago by Sedfrey B. Cudilla
5.0 out of 5 stars What a beautiful voice he has.
I often pull out John Denver songs for my voice students to sing since I remember how beautiful he made all his music sound. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Ariella Vaccarino creator of Voice Lessons To Go
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite entertainers. It is a shame that so many ...
One of my favorite entertainers. It is a shame that so many in Hollywood suffer from depression and lack of self esteem. They don't really realize what a joy they are to people. Read more
Published 14 days ago by June A. Colwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's great. Bought it for my dad for his birthday!
Published 14 days ago by neewollah
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album of my favorites from JD.
Published 18 days ago by John Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Listening
We both enjoy John Denver and listen to it regularly especially when traveling. Especially while out on our boat on Jackson Lake.
Published 21 days ago by New Mimi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I needed to add these to my collection. I put them on my I-pod so that they're always available
Published 24 days ago by wayne
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