On October 12, 1997, fans around the world were shocked to learn of the tragic passing of beloved troubadour John Denver at the age of 53. Yet nearly twenty years later, his remarkable legacy of music continues to endure. Night Fever Music has celebrated his legacy with the release of three deluxe 180-gram, colored vinyl albums from Denver’s seminal RCA tenure: 1971’s Poems, Prayers, and Promises, 1972’s Rocky Mountain High, and 1974’s Back Home Again.
Though best known as a singer-songwriter, Denver would frequently imbue a favorite song with his warm, welcoming tone. His fourth album and commercial breakthrough, Poems, Prayers, and Promises, featured his individual takes on The Beatles’ “Let It Be,” Paul McCartney’s “Junk,” and James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain” even as it featured two future standards penned, in part, by Denver himself. The yearning “Take Me Home, Country Roads” made it to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 AC, while the gently beautiful “Sunshine on My Shoulders” reached the zenith of both charts. The Night Fever reissue has been pressed on “RCA” orange vinyl echoing the original label color.
The following year, as his sixth album, the prolific artist released Rocky Mountain High. The top ten Pop/top five AC hit (later to become one of the official state songs of Colorado) propelled the album to become Denver’s first top ten album in the United States. The blissfully bucolic “Rocky Mountain High” took its place on the LP alongside another Beatles cover (“Mother Nature’s Son”), a classic by John Prine (“Paradise”), and a sprawling, almost side-long “Seasons Suite.” The new reissue has been pressed on “Clear Blue/Mountain Lake” vinyl.
Finally, Night Fever has a “Windy Kansas Wheat Field Gold” pressing of Back Home Again, Denver’s eighth long-player. The multi-platinum success yielded another Pop and AC chart-topper (“Annie’s Song”) as well as a crossover smash with the title track (No. 1 AC & Country/No. 5 Pop). It also featured the original studio versions of two Denver compositions which he would subsequently include on the live Evening with John Denver. “Sweet Surrender” became a No. 1 AC hit and top ten country chart entry, and “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” eclipsed that to become one of Denver’s signature tunes, itself topping the Hot 100 and Hot Country Songs surveys.
All three of these deluxe vinyl reissues are available now from Night Fever Music at the links below!
Pressed on “RCA Orange” vinyl
- “Poems, Prayers and Promises”
- “Let It Be” (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
- “My Sweet Lady”
- “Wooden Indian”
- “Junk” (Paul McCartney)
- “Gospel Changes” (Jack Williams)
- “Take Me Home, Country Roads” (Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert, Denver)
- “I Guess He’d Rather Be in Colorado” (Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert)
- “Sunshine on My Shoulders” (Denver, Richard Kniss, Mike Taylor)
- “Around and Around”
- “Fire and Rain” (James Taylor)
- “The Box” (Kendrew Lascelles)
Pressed on “Clear/Blue Mountain Lake” vinyl
- “Rocky Mountain High” (Denver, Mike Taylor)
- “Mother Nature’s Son” (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
- “Paradise” (John Prine)
- “For Baby (For Bobbie)”
- “Darcy Farrow” (Steve Gillette, Tom Campbell)
- “Goodbye Again”
- “Season Suite: Summer” (Denver, Mike Taylor, Dick Kniss)
- “Season Suite: Fall” (Denver, Mike Taylor, Dick Kniss)
- “Season Suite: Winter” (Denver, Mike Taylor, Dick Kniss)
- “Season Suite: Late Winter, Early Spring (When Everybody Goes Down to Mexico)” (Denver, Mike Taylor, Dick Kniss)
- “Season Suite: Spring” (Denver, Mike Taylor, Dick Kniss)
Pressed on “Windy Kansas Wheat Field Gold” vinyl
- Back Home Again
- “One the Road” (Carl Franzen)
- “Grandma’s Feather Bed” (Jim Connor)
- “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” (John Sommers)
- “The Music Is You”
- “Annie’s Song”
- “It’s Up to You” (Steve Weisberg)
- “Cool an’ Green an’ Shady” (Denver, Joe Henry)
- “Sweet Surrender”
- “This Old Guitar”
All songs written by John Denver unless otherwise indicated.