John Denver

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John Denver

Live in Japan/Around The World Live

Eagle Vision

4.5 out of 5 stars

John Denver wouldn’t condone the language I’d like to use to explain how much music there is in this collection. Just in time for the holidays, the two DVD releases by Eagle Rock Entertainment offer up enough video footage to satisfy even the most devout Denver follower. Let us not forget that in the 1970s John Denver was the number one recording artist in the country. And there’s a darn good reason for it. Sure, a lot of these tracks are kind of cheesy and kind of hokey by today’s standards, but there is a realness that Denver exudes that can cut right through even the heartiest cheese.

Why Eagle Rock released these separately is beyond me, but whether you opt for the single-disc Live in Japan set or the mammoth five-DVD volume Around the World Live, you’ll find more bad cowboy shirts and high-waist Wranglers than you can shake a 12-string guitar at. As nostalgic retrospectives go, these releases combined take the cake.

— Brian F. Johnson

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