John Denver - Back Home Again [RCA Records CPL1-0548] (15 June 1974)

Released: 15 June 1974
Country: US
Label: RCA Records
Catalog: CPL1-0548
Genre: Folk, Country, Pop

Item# SR-RCCPL10548
Ratings: C=VG+; LP=VG+

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Back Home Again
02 On The Road
03 Grandma's Feather Bed
04 Matthew
05 Thank God I'm A Country Boy
06 The Music Is You
07 Annie's Song
08 It's Up To You
09 Cool An' Green An' Shady
10 Eclipse
11 Sweet Surrender
12 This Old Guitar

Back Home Again
John Denver

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Album Review

Shawn M. Haney []

On Back Home Again, John Denver was in one of the brighter and more spirited moments of his career. It features a plethora of uplifting, merry, and lyrically witty songs written and arranged by Denver and played with the most charming and delightful of backup bands. Highlights include the humor of ''Grandma's Feather Bed,'' the poignancy of ''Matthew,'' and the spirit and delight of ''Thank God I'm a Country Boy.'' A well-orchestrated recording under his label, RCA, Denver makes clear to his fans and listeners of new and old that the ''music is in you.'' Opening up the second side of this 1974 recording is the ever so romantic tearjerker, a song for his wife, ''Annie's Song,'' certainly one of Denver's finest achievements. The highlight of the record finds him playing six-string guitar, with Steve Weisberg on lead guitar, Dick Kniss on bass, John Sommers on mandolin, and Jim Gordon on percussion, with the creativity of Lee Holdridge and his orchestral arrangement. Two more songs come along during this 12-song set with the hearty ''Sweet Surrender,'' and the heartfelt ''This Old Guitar.'' Lazy days, and summer days, and windy days, and rainy days may encourage the listener to find him- or herself listening to this recording under a shady tree, as the joyful tune ''Cool an' Green an' Shady'' illustrates. John Denver pulls out all the stops to create, and experience himself, one of his finer recordings of the '70s.