On Nov. 4, RCA/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release “All of My Memories: The John Denver Collection,” a comprehensive four-CD box set featuring 90 songs spanning the singer-songwriter’s career from 1964-97. The collection, with such guests as Olivia Newton-John, Placido Domingo and Emmylou Harris, includes demos, live performances and six previously unreleased tracks (“The Road,” “Far Side of the Hill”.)
The catalyst for producing the deluxe collection is Denver’s birthday: he would have turned 70 last December.
“There’s always an element of awareness and interest around those kind of milestones and anniversaries,” says Adam Block, president of Legacy Recordings, “so we felt like it was the right time to do it. This kind of comprehensive collection had never been put together and it was long overdue.”
Block worked closely with Denver’s estate to ensure that the box set not only celebrated his music, but also his dedication to the environment. To wit, the packaging is entirely made of biodegradable paperboard.
“There’s a sensitivity and a respect for what John represented,” Block says. “We wound up with an aesthetic here that feels correct; it’s simple and elegant but understated, and those might be adjectives used to describe John Denver.”
Block is confident that today’s younger audiences will connect with Denver’s music to the same extent as older fans.
“Fundamental to any great songwriter is the ability to capture ideas or themes that resonate beyond their immediate context,” says Block, “and John Denver is an artist who did that again and again with his work. Whether John was singing about love or nature, those themes are still entirely relevant today. He had a knack for touching people. He had a way about him that made him one of our most beloved entertainers.”