All of My Memories: The John Denver Collection

All of My Memories: The John Denver Collection

by John Denver

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2014
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888837219327
catalogNumber: 372193
Rank: 67848

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. The Road
  2. Far Side of the Hill
  3. The Wagoner Lad
  4. Darcy Farrow
  5. Babe, I Hate To Go
  6. For Bobbi
  7. The '68 Nixon (This Year's Model)
  8. Take Me to Tomorrow
  9. Rhymes and Reasons
  10. Circus
  11. Catch Another Butterfly
  12. Daydream
  13. Leaving on a Jet Plane
  14. Isabel
  15. Anthem – Revelation
  16. Aspenglow
  17. The Game Is Over
  18. My Sweet Lady
  19. Around and Around
  20. Take Me Home, Country Roads
  21. I Guess He'd Rather Be In Colorado
  22. All of My Memories
  23. Sunshine On My Shoulders
  24. Friends With You
  25. Everyday
  26. Blow Up Your TV (Spanish Pipe Dream)
  27. Grizzly Bear Song

Disc 2

  1. Rocky Mountain High
  2. Starwood In Aspen
  3. For Baby (For Bobbie)
  4. Goodbye Again
  5. Prisoners
  6. The Eagle and the Hawk
  7. Rocky Mountain Suite (Cold Nights In Canada)
  8. Berkeley Woman
  9. I'd Rather Be a Cowboy (Lady's Chains)
  10. Back Home Again
  11. Thank God I'm a Country Boy
  12. Grandma's Feather Bed
  13. Matthew
  14. Annie's Song
  15. Follow Me
  16. Looking for Space
  17. Sweet Surrender
  18. Windsong
  19. Eclipse
  20. Poems, Prayers and Promises
  21. This Old Guitar

Disc 3

  1. Farewell Andromeda (Welcome to My Morning)
  2. Calypso
  3. Spirit
  4. Fly Away
  5. I'm Sorry
  6. Like a Sad Song
  7. Come and Let Me Look in Your Eyes
  8. Baby, You Look Good To Me Tonight
  9. It Makes Me Giggle
  10. Eli's Song
  11. It Amazes Me
  12. I Want To Live
  13. In My Heart
  14. How Can I Leave You Again
  15. It's a Sin To Tell a Lie
  16. Druthers
  17. Bet On the Blues
  18. Downhill Stuff
  19. Sweet Melinda
  20. The Wrangell Mountain Song
  21. Autograph
  22. Durango Mountain Caballero
  23. The Wings That Fly Us Home

Disc 4

  1. Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone)
  2. Dreamland Express
  3. Love Again
  4. Opposite Tables
  5. Flying For Me
  6. Perhaps Love
  7. Shanghai Breezes
  8. The Flower That Shattered the Stone
  9. Let Us Begin (What Are We Making Weapons For)
  10. Love is the Master
  11. Wild Montana Skies
  12. Boy From the Country
  13. Whispering Jesse
  14. Eagles and Horses
  15. And So It Goes
  16. The Foxfire Suite: Spring Is Alive/You Are/Whisper the Wind/Spring Is Alive
  17. Tenderly Calling
  18. On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe
  19. Tumbling Tumbleweeds/Happy Trails

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Denver   Primary Artist,Choir, Chorus
Olivia Newton-John   Vocals
James Burton   Guitar,Soloist
Starland Vocal Band   Vocals
Eric Weissberg   Choir, Chorus
Bill Danoff   Background Vocals
Steve Mandell   Choir, Chorus
Taffy Nivert   Background Vocals
Toots Thielemans   Harmonica
Richard Kaufman   Conductor
Campden Street Choir   Vocals
Pupils of the Whitby School   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael Martin Murphey   Composer
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band   Producer
Paul Overstreet   Composer
Bryan Bowers   Composer
Tom Paxton   Composer
John Stewart   Composer
John Denver   Composer,Producer
Buddy Holly   Composer
John Prine   Composer
Lennie Niehaus   Orchestration,String Arrangements
Dick Feller   Composer
Bill Justis   Orchestration,String Arrangements
Nick Reynolds   Composer
Dale Evans   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Morgan Ames   Composer
Ed Barton   Engineer
John Boyd   Engineer
Larry Butler   Producer
Jim Connor   Composer
Mickey Crofford   Engineer
Jim Crotty   Engineer
Bill Danoff   Composer
Mort Garson   Orchestration,String Arrangements
Steve Gillette   Composer
Voyle Gilmore   Producer
Ray Hall   Engineer
Lee Holdridge   Arranger,Orchestration,String Arrangements
John Jarvis   Composer
Daniel Lazerus   Engineer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Roger Nichols   Producer,Engineer
Taffy Nivert   Composer
Milton Okun   Producer,Executive Producer
Frank Owens   Orchestration,String Arrangements
Tony Papa   Engineer
Jay Rifkin   Engineer
Randy Scruggs   Producer
Bob Shane   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Engineer
Armin Steiner   Engineer
Charlie Tallent   Engineer
Mike Taylor   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Jack Williams   Composer
John Woram   Engineer
Dick Kniss   Composer
Jerry Garszva   Engineer
Jean Bouchety   Composer
Jean-Pierre Bourtayre   Composer
Alf Clausen   Orchestration,String Arrangements
Bob Irwin   Producer
Bob Nolan   Composer
Randy Sparks   Composer,Producer
Kris O'Connor   Producer
Claudius Kumar   Engineer
Barney Wyckoff   Producer
Don Schlitz   Composer
Michael Johnson   Composer
Tom Campbell   Composer
Jan Garrett   Composer
Meghan Foley   Art Direction
Jenny Okun   Photo Courtesy
Laurie Kuehn   Composer
Reizner   Composer
Ron Deutschendorf   Producer
Michael Robert Williams   Composer
Roger "The Immortal" Nichols   Producer
John Martin Sommers   Composer
David MacKechnie   Composer
William Mayhew   Composer
Joe Henry   Composer

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