"My parents got this on Album in 1975 when I was only 2. They tell me I insisted on their playing it for me before I went to sleep.First words of childhood?You guessed it,John Denver lyrics(kind of).Purchased the CD three years ago and have enjoyed it a great deal.One thing the listener can pick up on is the astonishing sound quality of the recording.The Album sounded just as good(unless you tortured it like I did)and more modern recordings dont have this warmth.Another feature is the beautiful orchestra- it adds atmosphere the other (studio) recordings didn`t capture.Look at the inside of the booklet(pictures of John`s folks and whatnot)and you will see this is a precious gift.I would like to say that my favorite songs are "Matthew","Country Roads",and "Poems,Prayers,and Promises".If you`re not a music fan who insists on having whatever is "Relevant"this week,get a copy of this and love it for all time."
An Evening Of Sheer Denver-Style Magic!
Barron Laycock | Temple, New Hampshire United States | 07/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a wonderful way to both spend some quality time with one of this century's most popular and spectacular singer/songwriters and to also introduce yourself to just how special, personable and entertaining a live performer John Denver was. Most of the music that made him famous is here, from "Rocky Mountain High" to "Annie's Song" to "Rhymes and Reasons" (one of my personal favorites) and also other less well known but still stellar efforts like "Matthew", "Rocky Mountain Suite", and a whole string of top-ten hits like "Sweet Surrender", "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "Poems, Prayers and Promises" etc. For anyone who isn't very familiar with John's honest charm, straight-out good-natured appeal, and charisma, the album offers enough of him chatting in between songs to discover just why so many of us who loved both his music and the man will always a special place in our hearts for this man who sang so singularly well about the simple, natural pleasures, and beauty in the natural world around us. John himself may be physically gone, but he lives on forever in our heads and hands and hearts, in what we do and think and remember because of him, and also so specially in the music he left behind as his personal gift . Enjoy."
A Concert as only John could do...
Mike | USA | 02/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Every artist has live albums. Some are so horrid that only true fans would ever think of making the purchase; however, sometimes there is an artist who seems to have been born to play live. Such is John Denver. No other singer has ever been able to captivate his audience like John. This album is overflowing with all of the life, energy, and shear joy that Denver brought to every stage he ever played on. From the opening chords of "The Music is You" you know you are in for an experience. John's performances are all solid, especially his lesser known tracks (Summer, Rocky Mountain Suite, Annie's Other Song, and My Sweet Lady). The last one may go down as one of his most heartfelt love songs... on the same level as his much later classic "For You". The full orchestra transforms favorites like Country Roads, The Eagle and the Hawk, and Rocky Mountain High into true masterpieces, and John's honest and simple enthusiasm make each song a part of himself that transcends through the crowd. Buy it, enjoy it, then play it again- then buy the Wildlife Concert and see for yourself why John Denver will never be forgotten."
GET THE 2 CD VERSION OF THIS!
michaellouk | Alaska | 11/03/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"WAIT, HOLD EVERYTHING, DONT PUT THIS IN YER BASKET. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND GET THE 2 CD VERSION. WHY? CUZ' THE ENTIRE CONCERT IS WONDERFULL, DONT SETTLE FOR LESS WITH THIS 1 CD VERSION. NO COMPRAMISES SHOULD BE MADE WHEN IT COMES TO JOHN DENVER'S WONDERFULL GIFTS TO US ALL......"
A Great CD - but the double CD is better
Stephen Lloyd | London. | 09/09/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a recording of one of those concerts you just wish you were at. With his early band, before he got electric and Elvis's old crew joined him, this is pure 1970s JD. The songs stand up very well live. The concert includes a lot from Back Home Again, which is not surprising as he had just had such a hit with it. What is surprising is that they come across even more vibrant than the studio album - "Matthew" is a stand out and "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" just did not get better outings than this.However - there is one draw back. My two favourites on the LP when it came out were "Farewell Andromeda", here in all it's glory, and "Today" which is missing from the single CD along with one other track. I assume this is for time reasons - if you can afford a little more seek out and buy the double CD version - as that song is worth the effort !Nontheless, this is great John Denver how we all want to remember him."