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Rocky Mountain High

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Audio CD, October 25, 1990
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Editorial Reviews


1. Rocky Mountain High
2. Mother Nature's Son
3. Paradise
4. For Baby (For Bobbie)
5. Darcy Farrow
6. Prisoners
7. Goodbye Again
8. Summer
9. Fall
10. Winter
11. Late Winter, Early Spring (When Everyone Goes To Mexico)
12. Spring

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000002W7S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,505 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful By William Foley on May 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I have been a musician now for over twenty years and no other musician has inspired me more than John Denver. I love acoustic music and John Denver's album "Rocky Mountain High" is acoustic music at its best. This album does have bite. It has some of the best acoustic guitar playing I have ever heard. From the opening lick on "Rocky Mountain High," which proclaims the reverent majesty of the mountains, this album is an homage to the environment, a subject very dear to JD. The title track is personally my very favorite song and it finally galvanized my desire to play the guitar. The song is not just about a man who lives in the rocky mountains, it is a personal anthem about the spiritual quest to find oneself.
"Mother Nature's Son" indeed is a song that JD made his own. I love the Beatles, but this is, in my opinion, the definitive version. "Paradise" was written by John Prine and is pure folk music. With the senseless destruction of the environment as its theme, it is interwoven with a nostalgic reminiscence for what once was. The love song and lullaby "For Baby (For Bobbie)" was an early song written by JD and first recorded back in his Mitchell Trio days. It displays one of JD's predominate talents...the gift of melody. Its a beautiful song, pure and simple. "Darcy Farrow" has become a classic folk tune and although it did not originate from JD it was another song that has become closely associated with him. It is another example of poignant and heartfelt finger-style guitar playing and singing that JD was a master craftsman at. It is another personal favorite song of mine to sing and play on the guitar.
"Prisoners" is one of the many songs in JD's career that are rare undiscovered gems.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
John Denver's sixth album contained the song for which he is best known, the album's title song "Rocky Mountain High". This song went top 10 and secured John Denver a place as Colorado's musical hero, and became an unofficial anthem for the state.
John continued the largely acoustic musical style of his previous albums, using electronic effects and instruments sparingly to create a style of pop/country/folk that remains as unusual today as it was then. The classic "Rocky Mountain High" was dominated by acoustic guitars and John Denver's voice in a echo effect, that creates a more expansive musical piece than a description would imply. The song itself is a song of loss and discovery in the mountains of Colorado. One point of the song is that someone finds themselves in the solitude of the Colorado mountain wilderness. Another point is a lament of the number of people moving to Colorado and the loss of that solitude.
"Mother Nature's Son" is a country/pop song. Open fields and blue skies. Born poor, singing on the street corners. A kind of theme for John Denver and his life, though the song was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. John's version is a mellow version with a country flavor.
"Paradise" will remind you of Appalachian folk music. Strong on violin, with vocals taking center stage. A very wonderful song which will remind you of the bluegrass music of the 40s and 50s. The topic of this song is environmental, a tale of paradise lost to strip miners.
The next song switches back to easy listening pop. "For Baby (For Bobbie)" is a pop love ballad somewhat in the tradition of Simon and Garfunkel, but without the harmonies.
"Darcy Farrow" is a folk tale of two lovers; she dies in an accident, he kills himself because he couldn't handle the loss.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on September 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
With the release of this album in 1972, John Denver was launched into superstardom. All the elements he then used to achieve such singular fame and fortune as the best-selling and most popular singer of the 1970s is here, from the anthem-like "Rocky Mountain High", a song that almost single-handedly began the outdoor backpacking, hiking, and orienteering movements of the young babyboomers, who like John, were more than ready for the kind of unconventional intimacy with nature he sang about so effortlessly and so elegantly. From "Rocky Mountain High" to "Mother Nature's Son" (written by Lennon and McCartney) to the ironic country-music favorite "Paradise", the simple and well arranged acoustic blast of infectious energy and sweet simplicity that was John Denver is here. Whether it is in the elegiac "Darcy Farrow" or in the back to back Denver original compositions of "Prisoners" and "Goodbye Again", 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. My special favorite here is the "Four Season Suite", and I especially favor the long acoustic guitar solo in the midst of it. This is an album that literally soared at the top of the Billboard charts for years! Hearing John sing in his youthful enthusiasm about what turns him on is still a rare treat. This one has weathered the years with all its energy and beauty intact. I love this album, and I think you will too. Enjoy.
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