John Denver


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John Denver Sings (1966), 5/10
Rhymes & Reasons (1969), 6/10
Take Me to Tomorrow (1970), 5/10
Whose Garden Was This (1970), 4/10
Poems, Prayers & Promises (1971), 6.5/10
Aerie (1971), 6/10
Rocky Mountain High (1972), 6.5/10
Farewell Andromeda (1973), 6/10
Back Home Again (1974), 6/10
Windsong (1975), 6/10
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John "Denver" (Deutschendorf), raised in Texas, is the folk singer most representative of the quiet country gentleman, domestic and nostalgic. In 1964 he moved to Los Angeles in search of success, and in 1965 he played in a number of folk revival groups. In 1967, Peter, Paul & Mary recorded one of his songs, Leaving On A Jet Plane, but for years thereafter America took no notice of him. It was Take Me Home, Country Roads (1971) that made him a famous singer and, above all, a hero of the rural countryside, immersed in spectacular scenery and accustomed to more serious, less hectic rhythms of life. The albums Rhymes And Reasons (1969), Whose Garden Was This (1970), Take Me To Tomorrow (1970), Poems, Prayers & Promises (1971), and Rocky Mountain High (1972) were assortments of cliches about "good feelings": more of a religious than a musical affair.

Rocky Mountain High (1973), Annie's Song (1974), Back Home Again (1974), Sunshine On My Shoulder (1974), and Thank God I'm A Country Boy (1975) are sincere, Franciscan praises of the wonders of the earth (centered in Aspen, Colorado, where he had settled since 1972), that also made for an impressive string of hits. The albums Farewell Andromeda (1973), Back Home Again (1974), Windsong (1975), and Spirit (1976) were increasingly unoriginal: Denver had invented perpetual motion and, more importantly, a new form of muzak.

Denver continued to release records of that sort, though they didn't sell as well (even as the quality remained the same), and primarily he began to contribute to noble causes such as ecology and pacifism, eventually being declared Colorado's poet laureate.

Denver died in 1997 in a plane crash at the age of 53.

John "Denver" (Deutschendorf), cresciuto in Texas, e` il folksinger che meglio di ogni altro rappresento` il tranquillo borghese di campagna, domestico e nostalgico. Nel 1964 si trasferi` a Los Angeles alla ricerca del successo e nel 1965 fece parte di alcuni gruppi di folk revival. Nel 1967 Peter Paul & Mary registrarono una sua composizione, Leaving On A Jet Plane, ma per anni l'America non si accorse di lui. Fu Take Me Home Country Roads (1971) a farne un cantante famoso e, soprattutto, un eroe della provincia bucolica, immersa in scenari spettacolari e abituata a ritmi di vita piu` solenni e meno frenetici. Gli album Rhymes And Reasons (1969), Whose Garden Was This (1970), Take Me To Tomorrow (1970), Poems Prayers And Promises (1971), e Rocky Mountain High (1972) erano concentrati di cliches dei "buoni sentimenti": un fatto piu` religioso che musicale.

Rocky Mountain High (1973), Annie's Song (1974), Back Home Again (1974), Sunshine On My Shoulder (1974), Thank God I'm A Country Boy (1975), costituiscono peraltro una sincera e francescana lode alle meraviglie della terra (centrata in Aspen, Colorado, dove si era stabilito dal 1972), e altresi` una serie impressionante di hit milionari. Gli album Farewell Andromeda (1973), Back Home Again (1974), Windsong (1975) e Spirit (1976) erano sempre meno originali: Denver aveva inventato il moto perpetuo e, soprattutto, una nuova forma di muzak.

Denver continuo` a registrare dischi di quel genere, che pero` cominciarono a vendere di meno (per quanto la qualita` fosse la stessa), e soprattutto comincio` a contribuire a nobili cause quali l'ecologia e il pacifismo, finendo per essere proclamato poeta laureato del Colorado.

Denver e` morto nel 1997 in un incidente aereo all'eta` di 53 anni.

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