John Denver Rocky Mountain Christmas

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Label: RCA
Catalog: 828766863420
Format: CD

John Denver's folk music couldn't hide the fact that he was a deeply spiritual man. The reverence with which he imbues Rocky Mt. Christmas is equally obvious, even when the songs have a more secular theme. The standards like "What Child Is This" and "Silent Night" are moving pieces of inspiration. However, "Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)" is a painful inclusion, whether it's intended to be autobiographical or not. But hey, holiday memories aren't always happy ones. "Aspenglow" is Denver's tribute to his beloved Colorado, while his decision to throw in "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" seems to have been a perfunctory one. It's forgivable, though, especially after hearing his charm-laden "Christmas Song." --Steve Gdula

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