John Denver

Triple Feature

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Fans of singer and songwriter John Denver trend to the very dedicated end of the spectrum. He was an artist who very few people felt lukewarm about. He sold tens of millions of records during his lifetime and continues to sell well into the 21st century. Sony Legacy's Triple Feature series places three of his albums in a new context. Originally released in 1973, Farewell Andromeda is an album considered by many to be among his very best. Apart from the Top Ten title track and a few new songs, 1981’s Some Days Are Diamonds contained covers by other songwriters Denver respected, like Mickey Newbury (“San Francisco Mabel Joy") and Bobby Goldsboro (“The Cowboy and the Lady”). The final album in the set, 1982’s Seasons of the Heart, is his most overtly spiritual album, where Denver -- in decidedly non-mystical ways -- sings of his experiences with Eastern philosophy, but more than this, its song cycle explains the natural states of life and how we choose to deal with them. It’s a stretch in some ways, but the album has always been well received by fans -- even if its production was a tad heavy-handed (but then excess was the norm for popular music production across multiple genres in that decade). There isn’t any bonus material here, but these are the remastered versions of the CDs and sound superior to the original issues of these titles. The price point is also very attractive, with the box selling for less than the price of a single title.

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