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The Best of John Denver
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2000
The only thing that saves this CD is the very low price. Other than that, it's a collection of inferior rerecordings of his greatest hits (look for the very small print on the back). Stick with the original greatest hits collections or find a collection that is not so slyly described.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2002
An older John Denver is not necessarily a lesser John Denver. If you grew up listening to his music, then his voice will sound slightly different. What you hear is a more mature John Denver as this was recorded in the mid-1990s (produced in September 1996).
This is just the music. The sleeve for the CD just has the cover art; there are no lyrics, pictures, or notes to read or reminisce over. I wish that had been included given his death.
"Rocky Mountain High," "Sunshine on my Shoulders," "Thank God I'm a Country Boy," "Annie's Song (You Fill up My Senses)," "Take Me Home, Country Roads," "Windsong," and "Leaving on a Jet Plane" are all part of this collection. Given his maturity at this recording, you will hear these classics from a different perspective. It is worth the listen, especially at this price.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2000
SINCE J.D. DIED THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF RELEASES TITLED THE BEST OF ECT. MOST OF THEM ARE RE-RELEASES OF HIS EARLY HITS BUT ALL THE ORIGINAL RECORDINGS.IF YOU HAD THE GOOD FORTUNE OF SEEING JOHN IN CONCERT IN THE LAST FEW YEARS HE WAS WITH US AND HEARD HOW PURE AND STRONG HIS VOICE WAS AND HOW HE JUST MASTERED EVERY SONG AND HIT AND SUSTAINED EVERY NOTE HE SANG,THEN THIS IS THE CD FOR YOU!EVERY SONG IS EXACTELY SUNG LIKE HE WAS PERFORMING THEM IN THE LAST FEW YEARS OF HIS LIFE.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2000
I love John Denver. It took me years to say that but as I look back on this singer I realize I was tainted by others poor opinion of him and his music. Now I do my thinking for myself and realize I was missing out on a great artist. His songs are touching and his voice of no real equal. Listening to Annie's Song fills me with such a lush, loving sentiment. Leaving on a Jet Plane could rival any pop song of today. It's a wonder why no one covers John Denver songs. They're missing out. John was an artist that leaned towards folk and country music but transcended those genres. His music will live on long after his death to capture other generations of music fans. Myself being twenty four years of age, I can only hope my generation will realize what a talent he was. He was just one of the finest singers and guitar players of his day - as well as an underrated songwriter. Buy this CD and experience the magic of John Denver. This was an artist who truly believed in what he wrote. Indeed, John writes "I knew he'd be a poor man if he never saw an eagle fly." Well, we'd be poor people if we never heard John sing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I am listening to this disk even as I write this. The first time I played it, I was disappointed that the versions were "wrong". It only took a couple of plays through to reverse my disappointment, though. I really like the mature voice and exuberant energy John put into this collection, and yet it's contemplative. It's like going to a little nightclub for an impromptu concert, (even though it's not a "live" album). "Rocky Mountain High" comes off powerful! I recommend it and by the way, look at the price! Not to mention the kool picture on the cover. Buy it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2001
Was looking for the original "greatest hits" by John Denver; saw this at the store, couldn't pass it up because of the price. I'm old enough to remember when his songs were over-played on AM radio. I'm surprised at all the bad reviews because John Denver went back to the studio to re-do these songs. There is nothing wrong with the sound quality, instrumental backing or John's voice. To me, it's kind of nice to hear slightly different arrangements of the songs I've heard so many times on the radio. What puts this CD in the 5 star category for me are the songs that I had never heard before. Especially the sad love songs "Perhaps Love" and "Seasons of the Heart". These are great, sad, but beautiful songs. I would imagine John wrote these when he was in the process of divorce. None of the songs that were big hits for him had such a sad, personal viewpoint of the pain of breaking up.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 1999
John does not hesitate to let his feelings flow through his music. You can feel his pain when singing the songs he wrote for his wife. I listen to this CD often while taking a bubble bath and contemplating on my life and where it is going. It is a very uplifting CD.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 1999
"I'm Sorry," What money grubbing person put this album together? It is NOT John at his finest, nor his worst, there is no way you can rate his voice, his feelings or emotions, this is a total insult to those of us who followed this lovely man from early on. I'm sure he would NEVER have allowed this to be released. He certainly gave 100% of himself to his craft, and causes. I know his early works, and the latest. His voice became stronger, his concerts, though few and far between in later days were better than ever. Each song in this release deserves better than an under water sound, quality is what he deserves and truly the best we can lay tribute to. I have EVERY piece he released, though much repeat, when he grew his music grew with him, this for me is such a slap in the face. "Im Sorry" is all I can say.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 1999
The Best of John Denver CD proved to be one of the best displays of John Denver's Classics. I listen to this album frequently and i enjoy it every time. I am disapointed though that i bought this one and not a different one. The one called "The Best of John Denver Live" has a greater selection of his songs. I wish I could have realised that one when I purchased this one. Because The Best of John Denver Live" has more variety of songs.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2000
The tracks on this CD are re-recordings
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