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Vinyl LP pressing. 15 years after his death and 40 years after the release of his widely beloved song 'Rocky Mountain High,' ATO Records celebrates John Denver's life and music with The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver. The album features covers of Denver's most popular songs by a diverse group of artists including Dave Matthews, My Morning Jacket, Train, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and many others.. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Wilderness Society in John's name.

1. My Morning Jacket Leaving on a Jet Plane
2. Dave Matthews Take Me to Tomorrow
3. Kathleen Edwards All of My Memories
4. J. Mascis & Sharon Van Etten Prisoners
5. Train Sunshine on My Shoulders
6. Old Crow Medicine Show Back Home Again
7. Lucinda Williams This Old Guitar
8. Amos Lee Some Days Are Diamonds
9. Allen Stone Rocky Mountain High
10. Brett Dennen and Milow Annie s Song
11. Evan Dando Looking for Space
12. Emmylou Harris & Brandi Carlile
13. Blind Pilot The Eagle and the Hawk
14. Mary Chapin Carpenter I Guess He d Rather Be in Colorado
15. Josh Ritter and Barnstar! Darcy Farrow
16. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Wooden Indian

Product Details

  • Vinyl (April 16, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ato Records
  • ASIN: B00B1OWENU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,777 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

Both are evident in this tribute album to the wonderful music of John Denver.
William Foley
I thought with the groups on this album it would be good, but I didn't enjoy the remakes - guess I like the original versions too much!
orangepineapple
When I first listened, I thought "ut oh, this isn't good" but then I listened to it several more times and it began to grow on me.
OregonBuckeye

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98 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Nathan on April 4, 2013
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I have had this album on pre-order for several months... from the moment I first saw that it was coming out. I have read through the reviews and I think the people writing the negative reviews simply do not understand this project. This album is not intended for the Baby Boomers who grew up waiting for John Denver to record his next album but rather for those who were in grade school at the time of his death. Clearly the purpose was not to emulate John Denver's style but rather to introduce his songs to a new generation which has probably only heard one John Denver song... the Aerosmith cover of "Leaving on a Jet Plane" that appeared in the movie "Armageddon"!

Yes, the artists take some liberties with the songs, but Brett Dennen's cover of "Annie's Song" is brilliant and the minor shift in the chorus of Allen Stone's cover of "Rocky Mountain High" gave me chills. I am a rarity in the fact that I have always been a big fan of John Denver but I have been in a college environment for many years and have grown to appreciate many of the modern musical styles that are popular with those in their 20's (and are illustrated on this album). Over the past 10 years I have, at many times, played John Denver songs in the car while driving around 18-22 year olds and quite often the reaction is not very favorable. John Denver is a genius but, because of his style, many young people never give the music a chance and thus don't listen enough times to actually grasp the depth of his lyrics. But 30 seconds after I played this version of "Annie's Song" to a 26 year old, he said "Wow, I really like this a lot.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on April 2, 2013
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I've loved John Denver's music since I was a child. It never fails to put a smile on my face. This tribute has the exact same effect. It's wonderful to hear so many talented artists give their take on so many favorites. I think John would be so pleased with how this turned out. Some make the songs their own, others do a nice replica of the originals, both are superb. Highly recommended to fans of John Denver who also love the current folky/bluegrass music scene.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By William Foley on April 5, 2013
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Tribute albums can be difficult. Fans of an artist are used to hearing their favorite songs in a certain way. Yet trying to record a song that matches how the original artists did it can seem pointless. The question becomes how creatively different or close to the original arrangement do these songs need to be? There really is not a correct answer. Sometimes a different and creative approach works well and sometimes it doesn't. There are also times when staying close to the original arrangement doesn't work either. Both are evident in this tribute album to the wonderful music of John Denver.

First off, let me speak of the good. The CD opens with a cover of "Leaving ona Jet Plane" by a group called My Morning Jacket. This stays pretty close to how John did the song and they produced a poignant and beautiful version. I am not a big Dave Matthews fan. I don't dislike him its just that his music really isn't my style. He also chose a Denver tune "Take Me To Tommorow," that really is not one of my favorites. I have to say I really like what he did with this song! A very creative and soulful rendition. "All of My Memories" by Kathleen Edwards stays close to the way John did it and I honestly say you can hear the angst in her voice. The group, Train, did a stellar job with "Sunshine On My Shoulders." Old Crow Medicine Show brings a bluegrass touch to "Back Home Again" and I love this take on the classic song. Amos Lee does a different take on "Some Days Are Diamonds" and it really works well.

"Annie's Song," The Eagle and the Hawk," and "Darcy Farrow," are also very well done and creatively produced. These renderings stay very close to how John did them and these versions really show how great these songs are.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A.E.N. "Amanda" on April 2, 2013
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I bought the MP3 album today. I had anxiously awaited release after reading about it on NPR.com a few weeks ago.
Worth every penny!
I admit, the only "not great" track on the album is, unfortunately, Dave Mathews' cover of "Take Me Tomorrow" which I might just delete when I burn my car CD of the MP3 album.
However, the "Wooden Indian" cover is an especially fantastic rendition by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, as is "Back Home Again" by Old Crow Medicine Show.
I'm not sure if the $5.00 MP3 price is a sale price just for today (release day), but I was thrilled to get it at that discount. You should buy it too, especially if you are a fan of the songs and covers of John Denver.
Mind you, this is not a slavish cover album full of 1970's Quaalude-induced mellowness, but rather a beautiful and tempered 21st century tribute to a man who still influences contemporary music, long after his untimely death.
5 out of 5 (Excellent!)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Wicklund on May 12, 2013
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I did not preview these songs- but I bought this CD for my wife, who sometimes wistfully looks back to the 1970's and when these songs were new.

We listened to it in the car on a road trip and when the CD was done, she said, "Don't play that again." Most of the artists just seem awfully self-indulgent, showing off their own talents, rather than honoring the song, and ultimately, the emotions Denver put into them.

A couple of the remakes are OK, and "Rocky Mountain High" is actually pretty good.

I had always liked "Some Days are Diamonds" but the tempo on this cover version could not have been any more ill-conceived.

We also thought the song selection was pretty weak. Some of these songs were not even written by John Denver and are fairly obscure.

I gave the Amazon review "Two Stars" only because of Rocky Mountain High and the producers for at least trying to coming up with a long-overdue Tribute album. To me, the effort just fell flat.

Good luck- not the worst CD I ever bought- but below average.
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