Poems, Prayers and Promises
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Denver also does an unusually good cover of "Let It Be" by Lennon and McCartney, and also serves up a later hit, "My Sweet Lady'. He really surprises with his terrific cover of "Fire And Rain", and he is the only one besides Tom Rush that I have ever heard do a good cover of a James Taylor song. Indeed, the simple and well arranged acoustic blast of infectious energy and sweet simplicity that was John Denver is here in spades, whether it be in original songs like "Country Roads" or with covers of others' work, the kid who had adopted the majesty of Colorado for his setting and his inspiration sings simply, sentimentally, and superbly about the simple pleasures and undying verities of a homespun and simple life well lived.Read more ›
The cover of James Taylor's "Fire and Rain" leaves the original standing in the shade. The stripped down arrangement and pregnant pauses invest the tune with a raw emotional power that the original's production job seemed to lack in comparison. The song has stayed with me and held me all of these years. As a musician myself, I revisit it from time to time, usually when I'm feeling down, for the second verse is a prayer. Certainly, there aer other highlights to this album, but this one's the high-water mark for me.
Denver's original songs, whether solo or accompanied by group arrangements, reflect a generational idealism in song, and may be seen as inspiraton for the outdoor lifestyle and conservation movements; "Guess He'd Rather Be in Colorado" would be my case-in-point. The pacifist movement was also represented on this album in a rather unusual fashion with the spoken-word, "The Box," a powerful anti-war poem that is all-too-applicable in today's times. The acoustic cover of the Beatles' "Let It Be" also stands out. While not eclipsing the original, it is nonetheless a testament to what John Denver was all about, and it fits perfectly with the rest of the material.
"My Sweet Lady" is one of the most tender love songs you'll ever hear. The title track deserved more than it got, in terms of being a hit.Read more ›
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Always delightful! A wonderful entertainer who is greatly missed. Wonderful to be able to hear his music again!Published 28 days ago by Chris McShane
It's so great to hear John Denver again . I've missed his music . It gave me a sense of peace and purpose, now I see why. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laurie Jones
I was six years old in 1971 when this album came out. Part of my elementary school education back then involved singing songs. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jerrold Shelton