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Take Me Home: Tribute to John Denver

Take Me Home Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 18, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: April 18, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Badman Records
  • ASIN: B00004SG4K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,498 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Eagle And The Hawk - Bonnie Prince Billy
2. Follow Me - The Innocence Mission
3. Poems, Prayers, And Promises - Rachel Haden
4. Fly Away - Red House Painters
5. Around And Around - Mark Kozelek And Rachel Goswell
6. Looking For Space - Hannah Marcus
7. Matthew - Granfaloon Bus
8. Annie's Song - Sunshine Club
9. Whispering Jesse - James Hindle
10. Leaving On A Jet Plane - Tarnation
11. Back Home Again - Low
12. I'm Sorry - Red House Painters

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a different perspective on denver June 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I thought it necessary to respond to the review where someone said they thought it sounded like the artists on this disc maybe were more concerned about their paycheck for their contribution than anything else. I'd have to contend that I believe nothing could be further from the truth, in that it's quite obvious these songs were performed in a way which will not bring them any sort of mass airplay or exposure whatsoever.
It's certainly true that these versions of Denver's songs are pretty far out there and may indeed not be able to be appreciated by a vast contingent of Denver's fans. The musicians involved are typically looking for another window into Denver's music, and the result is generally a pretty drastic reworking of the material. Certainly they could have been more faithful and direct in their interpretations, but it seems to me that the value of such a project is to do something distinctly different from the existing versions.
It is, unquestionably, evidence that Denver's music means something to artists whose interests lie far beyond the boundaries of what you'd hear on commercial radio these days. Whether that's a good or a bad thing may depend on how interested you are in venturing beyond those boundaries. The artists involved deserve, I believe, to be respected for their willingness to take Denver's songs out of their usual confines, even if the results may not agree with a lot of his fans.
Also, just to be clear, not everything here is really that far out on a limb. I'd venture to guess most any Denver fan would enjoy the Innocence Mission's take on "Follow Me", and probably Mark Kozelek & Rachel Goswell's version of "Around And Around" as well. And possibly Sunshine Club's "Annie's Song".... Beyond that, yes, it does get a bit esoteric. And it may not be worth exploring for many Denver fans. But I did feel that comment about the artists just looking for a paycheck needed to be contradicted.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars perceptive, respectful, moody May 21, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I liked John Denver's music when it was first out, through the years of mockery, and now after his death. Not in a kitsch way either, I just like most of what can be called his sappy and positive songs. After he did the est training (for you youngsters, est was a late 1970s-era enlightenment weekend seminar), he was the butt of jokes, personal and media, but I continued to listen to his music. And my husband Eric is even worse; we're old folkies (in our mid-40s) and he would sing John Denver tunes at our music circles. "Who wrote that?" people would ask admiringly, then feel they had to sneer when they heard it was John Denver tune. We hosted a John Denver song night when he died, all John Denver tunes, all evening. We mourned his death. Positive people are often looked down on as being Pollyanna-ish, but I tell you, having upbeat, loving people in one's life -- people who aren't afraid to swoon over the pleasure and mystery of life despite our overwhelmingly negative and superficial culture -- is a blessing.
That said, I also like a lot of contemporary music too, and I love this collection. It's moody and emotional and personal. I admire what the artists have done with Denver's songs. I hear the songs anew and appreciate them all over again.
Rachel Haden's playful rewrite of "Poems, Prayers, and Promises" is brilliantly executed, and Hannah Marcus does a dark "Looking for Space" that I found quite effective. "The Eagle and the Hawk" is a spare rendition, austere even, that highlights Denver's songwriting ability.
I mark this CD down a star because of the interminable version of "Fly Away" by Red House Painters, 6+ minutes of jangly guitar noise, out of place on an otherwise atmospheric and delicious disc. However, their finale tune, "I'm Sorry," shows that they do understand both the sentiment and the songwriting of John Denver. I'm glad this isn't a mocking "tribute" to a dead Pollyanna, but rather a tender and insightful homage.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Tribute! July 18, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Because of his straightforward and honest approach to music, you have to give John Denver just a little bit of credit. As much as it may shame you to admit that you sing along to "Sunshine on My Shoulders", I bet that you also know the words to "Leaving on a Jet Plane". Four years after his untimely death in a plane accident, it is suddenly o.k. for one to admit that they are a John Denver fan. Luckily, Mark Kozelek, one of the best singer/songwriters of the 90s, is also a Denver fan, and his passion for Denver's lyrics and melodies led him to assemble this rewarding compilation of songs. Most the artists on this cd have placed their own unique stamps on Denver's song, a strategy that pays off for Low ("Back Home Again"), The Innocence Mission ("Follow Me"), and Will Oldham (The Eagle and the Hawk.") Unfortunately, Tarnation destroy the beauty of "Jet Plane", but that is the only disappointment here. The highlights come from Kozelek, who harmonizes beautifully with Rachel Goswell from Mojave on "Around and Around." Additionally, Kozelek and his acoustic guitar shine on "I'm Sorry", a sad tale of yearning and love lost. Despite the depressing lyrics: "I'm sorry for the way things are in China, I'm sorry things ain't what they used to be, but more than anything else, I'm sorry for myself", they ultimately reflect Denver's social conscious and desire to deliver from the heart. I highly recommend this cd for anyone interested in discovering the magic of John Denver, or to hear current independent musicians honor this great songwriter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tribute to John Denver
This CD has brought me a lot of pleasure. I really enjoy listening to it often. The various artists do a good job presenting John Denver's music.
Published 11 months ago by D. Pleasant
4.0 out of 5 stars A Darker, Deeper Denver
For me, a long-time Denver fan, it was good to stumble upon this album. I liked the album because the new interpretations of old and familiar melodies and lyrics helped to give the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by John DeVilbiss
1.0 out of 5 stars Listen to the samples before you buy...
I am a huge John Denver fan and have been for almost 40 years. I'm glad they have samples you can listen to because I found all of the performers (I won't call them singers) hurt... Read more
Published on July 15, 2012 by LMN
2.0 out of 5 stars Stay Home. Listen to your old John Denver albumns
Take Me Home: A Tribute to John Denver[[ASIN:B00004SG4K
A musical tribute piece to John Denver is a wonderul idea. Read more
Published on May 18, 2008 by greg snead
5.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag... Very good overall
John Denver was a really complicated guy. Real highs and abyssmal lows. His music is already beautiful, so if you also cringe when you are relaxing around a campfire when the... Read more
Published on August 18, 2006 by Stephen Brogdon
4.0 out of 5 stars great interpreters
This quirky CD is the perfect example of the fact that there is an endless number of great songs out there in search of a great interpretation. Read more
Published on December 29, 2005 by Douglas Stone
4.0 out of 5 stars sunny days of past and present
My mother used to have a well loved and beat-up copy of a two lp john denver live album. She would always play it on saturday mornings when she was cleaning the house. Read more
Published on November 3, 2005 by YLD
4.0 out of 5 stars A somber tribute to John Denver by alternative artists
The first concert I ever went to was to see John Denver and to this day when I drive through the Rocky Mountains I have to listen to his original "Greatest Hits" album. Read more
Published on March 3, 2005 by Lawrance M. Bernabo
4.0 out of 5 stars The Artists They Selected Are Very Good.
What's with the reviewer who said it's suddenly ok to like John

Denver ??

Hey sweetie..

We have all loved him for years.. Read more
Published on November 23, 2004 by C. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a beautiful album . I purcahsed this CD exclusively for "Poems,Prayers, and Promises"sung by the TALENTED Rachel Haden (That Dog,The Rentals, & Jimmy Eat World). Read more
Published on May 7, 2003
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