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All of My Memories: The John Denver Collection

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John Denver 11/4/2014

Review

Since his tragic death in 1997, John Denver's legacy has been well-covered in a wide variety of greatest-hits packages and various anthologies. His most well-known work has always been widely available, but Sony's career-spanning four-disc set, All of My Memories: The John Denver Collection, digs a bit deeper, offering tracks from nearly every one of the acclaimed singer's studio and live albums from 1964 until the year of his death. They've also uncovered a selection of rare, unreleased tracks in the form of early demos and alternate versions. With his warm, dynamic tenor and earnest, folksy demeanor, Denver's career soared in the late '60s and '70s with hits like "Take Me Home, Country Roads," "Rocky Mountain High," and "Back Home Again," songs that have since become firmly entrenched standards in American music. For many fans, a simple Best Of collection will suffice. But in a recording career that spanned over three decades, it's important to look past the key tracks to get a clearer picture of what so endeared fans to his music. Part of Denver's appeal was his relatable, unthreatening character. In a time when the dramatic counterculture had crossed into the mainstream, his polite songs about love, country living, and appreciating nature felt wholesome and genuine. He had a knack for sweet melodies that spoke of clean living and there was nothing dangerous or revolutionary about folk songs like "Starwood in Aspen" or "Farewell Andromeda (Welcome to My Morning)," whose messages of coming home or heading out remain timeless. Of course, not everyone wanted to see the world through Denver's rose-hued granny glasses, and he was often dismissed as corny and old-fashioned, an image he largely accepted rather than fought. Throughout the generous 90 tracks on this set, there are strong themes of love and friendship, as he sings with companions like the Muppets, Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert, Olivia Newton-John, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. He sings about nature conservation, a cause he was closely tied to throughout his career. There are classic folk tracks from his early days fronting the Chad Mitchell Trio and over-produced country songs from the mid-'90s when, long after the hits had dried up, he still happily sang of cowboys and wide open land, all of it adding up to the greater picture of a man who stayed true to his image and seemingly, his heart. The quality of the production changes throughout the decades and there are plenty of songs that weren't hits for a reason, but there was never an unfortunate disco period or crossover into rock. They all sound like John Denver songs. Listening to his entire career arc, he remained the earnest and good-natured, if occasionally sad character who first made an impression with the plaintive "Leaving on a Jet Plane," a song whose wistful sentiments ring as pure today as they did in 1966. ~ Timothy Monger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 The Road [Demo] John Denver 3:10
  3. 2 Far Side of the Hill [Demo] John Denver 3:27
  4. 3 The Wagoner Lad John Denver 2:29
  5. 4 Darcy Farrow John Denver 3:31
  6. 5 Babe, I Hate To Go John Denver 3:11
  7. 6 For Bobbi John Denver 2:16
  8. 7 The '68 Nixon (This Year's Model) John Denver 1:28
  9. 8 Take Me to Tomorrow John Denver 2:33
  10. 9 Rhymes and Reasons John Denver 3:4
  11. 10 Circus John Denver 2:36
  12. 11 Catch Another Butterfly John Denver 2:30
  13. 12 Daydream John Denver 2:52
  14. 13 Leaving on a Jet Plane John Denver 3:36
  15. 14 Isabel John Denver 3:21
  16. 15 Anthem – Revelation John Denver 1:59
  17. 16 Aspenglow John Denver 2:9
  18. 17 The Game Is Over John Denver 2:22
  19. 18 My Sweet Lady John Denver 4:21
  20. 19 Around and Around John Denver 2:16
  21. 20 Take Me Home, Country Roads John Denver 3:8
  22. 21 I Guess He'd Rather Be In Colorado John Denver 2:5
  23. 22 All of My Memories John Denver 4:55
  24. 23 Sunshine On My Shoulders John Denver 5:10
  25. 24 Friends With You John Denver 3:22
  26. 25 Everyday John Denver 3:13
  27. 26 Blow Up Your TV (Spanish Pipe Dream) John Denver 2:20
  28. 27 Grizzly Bear Song John Denver 1:1
  29. 1 Rocky Mountain High John Denver 4:41
  30. 2 Starwood In Aspen John Denver 3:5
  31. 3 For Baby (For Bobbie) John Denver 2:55
  32. 4 Goodbye Again John Denver 3:35
  33. 5 Prisoners John Denver 3:35
  34. 6 The Eagle and the Hawk John Denver 2:13
  35. 7 Rocky Mountain Suite (Cold Nights In Canada) John Denver 3:2
  36. 8 Berkeley Woman John Denver 3:32
  37. 9 I'd Rather Be a Cowboy (Lady's Chains) John Denver 4:23
  38. 10 Back Home Again John Denver 4:42
  39. 11 Thank God I'm a Country Boy [Live 1975] John Denver 3:20
  40. 12 Grandma's Feather Bed [Live 1975] John Denver 2:36
  41. 13 Matthew John Denver 3:42
  42. 14 Annie's Song John Denver 2:59
  43. 15 Follow Me John Denver 2:51
  44. 16 Looking for Space John Denver 3:58
  45. 17 Sweet Surrender John Denver 5:25
  46. 18 Windsong John Denver 3:58
  47. 19 Eclipse John Denver 3:39
  48. 20 Poems, Prayers and Promises John Denver 4:35
  49. 21 This Old Guitar John Denver 3:53
  50. 1 Farewell Andromeda (Welcome to My Morning) John Denver 4:2
  51. 2 Calypso John Denver 3:35
  52. 3 Spirit [Live 1977, Sydney Opera House, Australia] John Denver 3:44
  53. 4 Fly Away John Denver 4:7
  54. 5 I'm Sorry John Denver 3:30
  55. 6 Like a Sad Song John Denver 3:41
  56. 7 Come and Let Me Look in Your Eyes John Denver 3:46
  57. 8 Baby, You Look Good To Me Tonight John Denver 2:45
  58. 9 It Makes Me Giggle John Denver 3:14
  59. 10 Eli's Song [Alternate Take] John Denver 3:41
  60. 11 It Amazes Me John Denver 2:35
  61. 12 I Want To Live John Denver 3:45
  62. 13 In My Heart John Denver 3:41
  63. 14 How Can I Leave You Again John Denver 3:7
  64. 15 It's a Sin To Tell a Lie [Previously Unreleased Version] John Denver 1:42
  65. 16 Druthers John Denver 2:42
  66. 17 Bet On the Blues John Denver 3:49
  67. 18 Downhill Stuff John Denver 3:32
  68. 19 Sweet Melinda John Denver 2:25
  69. 20 The Wrangell Mountain Song John Denver 2:53
  70. 21 Autograph John Denver 3:37
  71. 22 Durango Mountain Caballero John Denver 2:45
  72. 23 The Wings That Fly Us Home John Denver 4:9
  73. 1 Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone) John Denver 3:53
  74. 2 Dreamland Express John Denver 4:2
  75. 3 Love Again John Denver 2:50
  76. 4 Opposite Tables John Denver 3:53
  77. 5 Flying For Me John Denver 5:32
  78. 6 Perhaps Love John Denver 2:55
  79. 7 Shanghai Breezes John Denver 3:6
  80. 8 The Flower That Shattered the Stone John Denver 2:52
  81. 9 Let Us Begin (What Are We Making Weapons For) John Denver 5:54
  82. 10 Love is the Master John Denver 2:39
  83. 11 Wild Montana Skies John Denver 4:1
  84. 12 Boy From the Country [Live 1985] John Denver 5:29
  85. 13 Whispering Jesse John Denver 2:59
  86. 14 Eagles and Horses [Live 1995] John Denver 4:49
  87. 15 And So It Goes John Denver 3:51
  88. 16 The Foxfire Suite: Spring Is Alive/You Are/Whisper the Wind/Spring Is Alive (Reprise) [Live 1995] John Denver 10:32
  89. 17 Tenderly Calling John Denver 4:4
  90. 18 On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe John Denver 2:9
  91. 19 Tumbling Tumbleweeds/Happy Trails John Denver 2:12

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