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1970年代に世界各国で人気を獲得した米国のカントリー／フォーク系シンガー・ソングライター、ジョン・デンヴァーのオリジナル録音（デジタル・リマスター版）を集めたベスト盤。有名な大ヒット曲「Take Me Home, Country Roads」の他、「Sunshine on My Shoulders」、「Rocky Mountain High」、「Annie's Song」、「Back Home Again」、「Thank God I'm a Country Boy」、「I'm Sorry」等の代表曲20曲に加えて未発表のボーナストラック4曲も収録。ポップなメロディーの素朴で親しみやすい曲多数。「Leaving, on a Jet Plane」はピーター、ポール&マリーのヒット曲としても知られるジョン・デンヴァーのオリジナル曲
I am very familiar with the songs on this CD. I was one of the people of my generation who didn't mind admitting I loved John Denver despite the fact that made me a "nerd." I thought, right from the start, that his voice and his personality were genuine. His music made me feel good, sad, happy or a little crazy!
His songs had many topics; his life on the road, the beauty of our country, love songs for his Annie, growing up as a "country boy," and they all touched me. Additionally, John was a conservationist before most of us knew what the word meant.
I studied the Denver CD's available and thought this one had the best collection of any. I don't mind that the songs have been remastered. They remind me of his 1997 PBS Concert, The Wild Life Concert. His voice had mellowed and deepened, either because of voice lessons or because he was free of drugs. I thought the strings helped to enhance its beauty of his music. As I write this, I am listening to "Calypso" and riding the waves with Jacques Cousteau and John. From a TV special, his guest, Olivia Newton John, did a perfect job of complimenting his voice on "Fly Away." The original song was good but that rendition was perfect and is included on this CD.
My children grew up listening to his music, along with the other music I loved by Eric Clapton, The Doors, The Eagles, Frank Sinatra, and too many artists to mention. In my opinion, good music shouldn't be labeled. Good music is simply music that one can relate to and for me, despite having been raised in a small town and then a city in New England, Denver's music touched something in me. I pitied my contemporaries back in the early seventies who were "too cool" to listen to him and enjoy him as his genius emerged and matured.
I highly recommend this CD and for comparison, one should buy "John Denver's Greatest Hits" to hear the original renditions of these songs. Either will allow you to appreciate the musical genius that we lost too soon.
EDIT, February,26,2014: I've been listening to some "mixed CD's" I made a few years ago and there were a number of John Denver's songs that were from his original albums, such as "John Denver's Greatest Hits," and I realized that I don't think this album actually is that great after all. I took away two stars to give it three for an OK rating.
When I heard his songs the way he originally recording them, I realized that he sounds all wrong with the orchestra behind him. He meant his songs to be simple songs, even if some bordered on masterpieces. They were meant to be sung with just his voice and his guitar, and maybe a few other guitars for back-up. I wish I'd bought his Greatest Hits, which I'd had on vinyl, instead of this album.
Buy his Greastest Hits album and the one with him and Annie on the cover (don't remember the name) instead.
One of the CDs has poor sound quality, probably from the original recording. It's going to the thrift store. The other is a better quality sound so I'll keep it. Love his music. Too bad he got such a bad rap from the media. He was a great entertainer, song writer, and musician.
The CD did not have the UPC sticker along the top of the CD case. The CD case arrived with a small crack. When ripped to Windows Media Player (please don't laugh), Microsoft found a different CD cover image and title from the one that came with the CD.
Seemd to rip fine and otherwise be in OK shape, but I do not think this was a 'New' CD.
Maybe in my "older" age I have just forgotten, but many of these songs are merely okay. There are two (2) discs but the second one is just a repeat of some of the songs on the first disc but remastered. I prefer John Denvers "Greatest Hits".