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John Denver Fans Will Welcome New Reader's Digest Collection.

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y.--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Oct. 13, 1997--While fans mourn the passing of John Denver, his voice is celebrated in a definitive career retrospective collection available now from Reader's Digest Music.

"It's the most comprehensive John Denver collection ever," says Gary Theroux, Reader's Digest Senior Music Editor. "And I had the privilege of interviewing John just one year ago for the liner notes."

Theroux asked Denver, "Have you ever thought of how you ultimately would like to be remembered?" John Denver replied: "I think what people are going to remember about me are my songs. I have worked really hard to find out who I am. I've had the courage to do what I think is right: to be true to myself and write the things that come out of me. That is how I hope my children remember me."

Unique Collection

"John Denver: His Greatest Hits and Finest Performances" (Reader's Digest Music; NOT available in stores; to order call 1-888-RD-MUSIC) is the first and only box set to include all of his top country, pop and easy-listening hits. This collection also includes the best-loved and most-requested songs from his many albums plus 10 tunes from his most legendary concert ever (Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles on Aug. 26, 1974, where he recorded the No. 1 smash "Thank God I'm A Country Boy"). All are the original recordings.

John Denver rarely granted interviews and in them usually avoided talking about his music. On Oct. 10, 1996, he did talk with Reader's Digest Senior Music Editor Gary Theroux, who spent three hours collecting Denver comments spanning his entire career. For the first time, Denver revealed the sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always remarkable stories behind his dozen of hits, from "Take Me Home, Country Roads" and "Annie's Song" to "Sunshine On My Shoulders," "Rocky Mountain High" and more. Denver worked closely with Theroux in choosing, assembling and programming the 60 souvenirs-in-song that make up this definitive career retrospective. Theroux's interview with Denver -- one of the last he ever granted and certainly the most extensive -- makes up the bulk of the 24-page booklet of program notes -- the exclusive Listener's Guide -- which accompanies the Denver treasury.

In the mid-'70s John Denver became the world's largest-selling recording artist. Over the course of his career, Denver earned 20 gold singles and 12 gold albums, plus an Emmy Award for his 1974 TV concert special (soundtrack highlights are features in the Reader's Digest album). Other awards include Entertainer of the Year and Song of the Year from the Country Music Association. In 1993, this singing, songwriting humanitarian won the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Music Award.

Programs in the Collection:

CD/Cassette 1: JOHN DENVER CLASSICS -- His 21 all-time greatest hits, from "Take Me Home, Country Roads," "I'm Sorry" and "Sunshine on My Shoulders" to "Calypso," "Annie's Song" and "Fly Away."

CD/Cassette 2: ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH -- His nine greatest nature songs; I REMEMBER YOU -- His 11 greatest love songs.

CD/Cassette 3: JOHN DENVER PLAYS FAVORITES -- His versions of nine all-time folk favorites; LIVE... IN CONCERT -- 10 highlights from his most celebrated concert ever, taped Aug. 26, 1974, at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles (from the soundtrack of that show came his No. 1 hit "Thank God I'm A Country Boy").

About Reader's Digest Music

Reader's Digest is the world's longest running producer of boxed sets of music. Hallmarks of Reader's Digest collections include state-of-the-art sound quality, extensive program notes about the artists, the songs and the stories behind the recordings, and accessible, entertaining music selections not available elsewhere in a single collection. Since Reader's Digest entered the music industry in 1959, the company's sales have expanded to 32 countries. In the U.S., Reader's Digest music collections are sold only through the mail and TV advertising. About 10 million sets -- from classical to country, and big bands to rock -- are sold annually.

About The Reader's Digest Association Inc.

The Reader's Digest Association is the preeminent global publisher and direct marketer of distinctive products that inform, enrich, entertain, and inspire people of all ages and all cultures around the world.

"John Denver: His Greatest Hits and Finest Performances" Produced by Reader's Digest Music Vice President, Global Product Development, Reader's Digest Music: Jose Raul Perez Album created by: Gary Theroux, Senior Music Editor Three hours of music in three compact discs at $44.96 or three cassettes at $39.96, plus delivery and sales tax, as applicable. This collection is NOT available in stores; to order call 1-888-RD-MUSIC -0-

Editor's Note: To order a review copy, contact Tara Phethean, Phone: 914/244-5786 or Fax: 914/244-5994

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