Known as the "Poet for the Planet" and "Mother Nature's Son", I chose to review this John Denver Wildlife Concert Album in celebration of Earth Day. Many people do not know that this pop/country artist received the Albert Schweizer award in 1993 for all the work he was doing to save the planet. If you read the booklet that is included with the CD's, you will discover that John Denver was one of the most philanthropic men to have ever embraced "mother earth".
This was one of the first double albums to be recorded live. The first CD contains many of the songs you automatically associate with John. Annie's Song, Rocky Mountain High, Leaving on a Jet Plane, Country Roads, Eagles and Horses, Sunshine on My Shoulders. There are 14 songs in total. The second CD also contains 14 songs that were recorded later in his career and many are dedicated to his commitment to the planet. These songs have an edginess and maturity that only years of life will inspire. If you thought that Annie's Song was one of the most beautiful ever written, you will be blown away by For You. Dedicated to his second wife, those of us who have found love the second time around, will embrace these touching words. Falling Out of Love has a sarcastic tone, but I guarantee you will be singing right along to it's bubbly melody. Calypso and Amazon are hauntingly beautiful and he ends the album with This Old Guitar. It will make you cry.
I was fortunate to have seen John Denver in concert just a few months before his tragic death in October 1997. His voice was so powerful and clear that no electronic enhancements were needed. He was no longer that young man with the goofy haircut and little round glasses saying "far out". John Denver was a brilliant artist. That's why this live concert album is so special. His lyrics will go to your heart and their melodies will enrich your soul.
If you can't find this Wildlife Concert Live album at your local Best Buy, you can purchase it online. Treat yourself to John Denver and Happy Earth Day!