Rocky Mountain High: Live In Japan
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For one of the most prolific and successful writers and performers of his time, Denver was an outsider in most musical circles. He was considered too pop by Country fans, too sentimental by Country Rock fans and too wimpy to be taken seriously by Rock fans. But millions of music fans and musicians not hung-up on labels came to appreciate Denver as a great writer and performer. This DVD captures Denver at his peak - and in a setting that really conveys what a compelling artist he was. On a simple, understated stage Denver manages to mesmerize an audience in Japan with songs rooted in a foreign culture and language. The fact that so many in the audience know every song is remarkable. So is his band, which includes the masterful but understated guitarists James Burton and Herb Peterson, drummer Hal Blaine and Jim Horn on saxophone and flute. The audio and video quality of the DVD make this 1981 recording seem much more recent, thanks to outstanding 5:1 surround audio and video restoration. This 18 song performance of most all of his strongest songs gives us a chance to hear and appreciate his strength as a writer and performer and, quite possibly, to to elevate our opinion of Denver's music.
If you like John Denver, this DVD is highly recommended.
Boomer isn't?) I certainly enjoyed it. In a lot of live performances it is easy to tell
that the artist is bored at having to perform his "classics" yet once again -- not so
with John Denver! He sings every song at this concert with love and joy, everything
is so fresh.
I have most of the songs on this cd on other tapes and cds, so I didn't think about
buying it until the camera found Renee Armand. An absolutely gorgeous lady with
an astonishing voice. She did "Fly Away" with John, and I was floored. When
John introduced her, he said she had the voice of an angel - I certainly agree. So glad to have
belatedly discovered her. I only wish she would have been featured a bit more.
Watching John perform on a Japanese style set was an unusual and nice touch.
Amazon has this cd for about thirteen bucks. I ordered it with some books and chose the
"super saver" free shipping option. Everything arrived, as usual, just a few days later. Can't beat the
price, can't beat the concert. Don't miss this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
OOOps. This is excellent. His clarity and emotion is outstanding. In an earlier Denver review entitled Country Boy I gave a great review. This is the one that is great. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bill Watkins
I bought this after seeing the special on public television, and we enjoy it every time we watch it.Published 16 months ago by Shetland shepherd
Brilliant All Johns hits and you can see how much he enjoyed this concert.Published 16 months ago by Mrs H.
What a treat to have a record of this incredible artist at this early stage in his career. Great sound and set list.Published 17 months ago by M porter