Definitive All Time Greatest Hits (Bonus Cd)

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Review Text Placing the word definitive on a best-of collection is usually a panicked label attempt to fill last-minute Christmas stockings, but in the case of RCA's Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits John Denver retrospective, it's a truly apt description. Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of Denver's first album release on RCA, the two-disc, 24-track overview of the country-pop singer's storied career is the most concise and nuanced yet. Digitally remastered from the original master tapes, road-trip classics like "Take Me Home, Country Roads," "Rocky Mountain High," and "Back Home Again" are as warm as the singer's lauded tenor. There are no gimmicky re-recorded cuts or disappointing live tracks -- "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" spent its time on the charts in its live incarnation -- and his spotty '80s material is only briefly covered ("Perhaps Love" and "Shanghai Breezes"). The only real omission is "Grandma's Feather Bed," but the 20-page booklet and song-by-song commentary by longtime friend Milt Okun more than suffice. The bonus disc, maddeningly sparse at just four tracks, makes up for its brevity by including a goose bump-inducing 1975 acoustic version of "Calypso." With the pompous string section, clanging ship bell, and unnecessary drum fills removed, his ode to Jacques Cousteau's tenacious vessel is a wonder of emotion and nautical kinsmenship that inarguably exhibits Denver as one of the greatest vocalists of his time. For those unwilling to sift through the exhaustive four-CD Country Roads Collection, this Definitive package is a good buy and a rewarding visit with an old friend.

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Leaving on a Jet Plane - 4:38
  2. 2. Take Me Home, Country Roads - 3:10
  3. 3. Sunshine on My Shoulders - 5:12
  4. 4. Poems, Prayers and Promises - 4:06
  5. 5. Eagle and the Hawk - 2:07
  6. 6. Rocky Mountain High - 5:44
  7. 7. Farewell Andromeda (Welcome to My Morning) - 4:03
  8. 8. Annie's Song - 3:00
  9. 9. Back Home Again - 5:45
  10. 10. Sweet Surrender - 5:29
  11. 11. Thank God I'm a Country Boy - 3:21
  12. 12. I'm Sorry - 4:32
  13. 13. Calypso - 4:37
  14. 14. Fly Away - 4:10
  15. 15. Looking for Space - 4:59
  16. 16. Like a Sad Song - 4:43
  17. 17. My Sweet Lady - 4:24
  18. 18. Perhaps Love - 3:57
  19. 19. Shanghai Breezes - 3:12
  20. 20. Wild Montana Skies - 4:03

CD: 2

  1. 21. Leaving on a Jet Plane - 3:13
  2. 22. Weight - 5:30
  3. 23. Annie's Song - 3:00
  4. 24. Calypso - 4:35

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10/5/04 

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