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Live at Sydney Opera House
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
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Lynn Peterson | 07/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an excellent concert. This shows his humor and his excellent musical talent. It even contains his flaws when his voice cracks occasionally which just shows that no one can always be perfect. This is a must for all John Denver fans. He always shows his best when he's in concert. I've been to many of his concerts and they are the most memorable and most fun concerts I've ever been to. It's just fabulous!"
If only it was the whole show ...
birdman3155 | San Antonio, Texas | 04/03/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I agree with virtually everything the other reviewers of this CD have said, but I'd like to add the following: It is a CRIME that RCA did not see fit to release the entire show from "Live at the Sydney Opera House" on CD!!! That's the only reason this CD does not receive five stars from me.
When this concert was originally issued on LP many years ago, it contained only 12 songs. And when it was originally issued on CD, it was an import in the U.S. and still contained only 12 songs. But when that CD version apparently sold fairly well, RCA decided to reissue it domestically in the U.S. and add a few more tracks. So they added "Today," "Calypso" and "Me and My Uncle," as one of the other reviewers stated, plus Denver's introductions of his band. That gave it a total of 16 tracks.
But given the fact that Denver never played under two hours on any of the occasions I saw him in concert, I feel certain that even with the additional songs, only about half the show is on this disc. So why didn't RCA put out the whole thing on a two-disc set when they reissued it? Who knows?
SO HOW ABOUT IT RCA? COULD YOU PLEASE ISSUE A DELUXE EDITION OF "LIVE AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE?" As one of the other reviewers stated, with the accoustics at the SOH, this might have been a once-in-a-lifetime show.
Several years ago, RCA put out a deluxe edition of "Waylon Live" by Waylon Jennings. It was a single, incomplete disc when it came out on CD the first time, then it was reissued as a double-disc set, which is AWESOME. SO PLEASE RCA, DO THE SAME FOR JD at the SOH!!!!
I was fortunate enough to obtain a video copy of an outdoor concert Denver performed at the Sydney Sports Ground later in the same 1977-78 Australian tour. Naturally he has the same great band and orchestra. The picture quality is not that great, given the digital age we live in, but it is nice to have. (NOTE: The remainder of this paragraph is a February 2010 update) The release of the DVD box set "John Denver Live Around the World" includes the Sydney Sports Ground show with cleaned up audio and video. I am very pleased about its release. But to my dismay _ perhaps for timing restrictions _ "Thirsty Boots" and the medley "Deal With the Ladies/When I'm 64" were cut from the DVD version. This is really unfortunate, since "Thirsty Boots" has never been on any previous release of Denver concert material. And the medley has never been previously released either, although "Deal With the Ladies" is on the "In Concert" CD box set by itself. RCA could remedy these omissions by putting out a deluxe version of the complete Sydney Opera House show.)
The Sydney Sports Ground show was later broadcast on TV in the Land Down Under. The show is more than two hours long and Denver performed many of his hits and album cuts from that period that aren't available on the other live albums/CDs mentioned by my fellow reviewers.
For those who are interested, the songs Denver performed at the Sydney Sports Ground show that aren't on SOH are: "Welcome to My Morning," "Spirit," "Come and Let Me Look in Your Eyes*," "Baby You Look Good to Me Tonight," "Druthers," "I'd Rather Be A Cowboy," "How Can I Leave You Again," "Singing Skies and Dancing Waters*," "Love Is Everywhere*," "Pickin' the Sun Down (Blue Grass and High Sierra)*," "Thirsty Boots*," "Follow Me," "Deal With the Ladies/When I'm 64 (medley)," "To the Wild Country*," and "Sunshine on my Shoulders." Live versions of the songs marked with asterisks have never, to the best of my knowledge, been officially released on CD.
If you're counting, that's 15 additional songs (16 if the medley is counted as two). Wouldn't it be great to hear all those wonderful songs from a venue like the SOH?
SO HOW ABOUT IT RCA?????
But until that happens, this CD is well worth having."
John J. Kaurich | 09/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This truly is John Denver at his very best. I wish he could have lived longer because he had so many gifts to share with the whole world !!"