JOHN DENVER - MORRISON 1973

November 18, 2015 – 1:01 pm

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JOHN DENVER
Live At Red Rocks 1973 [no label, 1CD]

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO; August 1973. Fairly to very good soundboard (audio likely ripped from VHS). May sound rough to some.

Thanks to jddpro for sharing the show at Dime.

jddpro noted:

This recording originally came to me as August 14, 1973, but it certainly isn’t from the same concert as the six bonus tracks on “An Evening With” reissue, which are from August 14. However, the band arrangements are basically the same, so the two concerts are likely to be from the same era. John Denver certainly did more than one concert at Red Rocks that year.

If the official tracks are from August 14, then this recording can’t be from the 14th. I’ve compared the onstage banter from this recording with the official release, and they’re completely different. (In “Toledo”, prior to singing the last line, John said “You folks are way ahead of me on this” in this recording, while he said “Yeah, hold on there” on the official release from An Evening With. This might be from the 13th or 15th I guess.)

The concert was broadcast on TV in 1974, so I’m almost certain that VHS is the original source. My guess is that the tape is at least 10th gen. So it’s not a crisp clear recording, but not bad either. You can also find the video of a few songs on YouTube.

It’s pretty obvious that the recording has gone through massive edits before being broadcast. It’s certainly not the full concert, as they have to jam everything into an hour. You’ll also notice a lot of very loud crowd noise between songs - I guess they put those noises into the recording on purpose. If the TV station hadn’t done so much unnecessary “remaster”, this might be a very good recording.

The original 14th track from this recording was “Annie’s Song”, but the song was written in 1974, so it can’t be from the same concert as other songs. It seems quite logical that they would have wanted to include his latest big hit in the special which was broadcast only a few months after it was in the charts in 1974. According to my friend Michael, the song actually came from 1974 album “Back Home Again”, so I removed it so as to get rid of official stuff.

The two bonus tracks are from a BBC broadcast concert called “Sight & Sounds”. I don’t know if January 18, 1973 is the concert date or broadcast date.

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Lineage:
SBD > TV Station Remaster > 1974 TV Show > VHS (x10?) > CD > Goldwave (Speed Correction, Studio Track Removal) > Trader’s Little Helper > FLAC Level 8

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Track 01. The Music Is You 1:53 (3.2MB)
Track 02. Starwood in Aspen 4:12 (7.0MB)
Track 03. Rocky Mountain High 4:58 (8.3MB)
Track 04. Follow Me/Leaving on a Jet Plane 4:32 (7.6MB)
Track 05. Saturday Night in Toledo, Ohio 3:26 (5.8MB)
Track 06. Mother Nature’s Son 2:16 (3.8MB)
Track 07. Today 4:28 (7.5MB)
Track 08. The Eagle and the Hawk 3:00 (5.1MB)
Track 09. Rocky Mountain Suite 3:22 (5.7MB)
Track 10. Poems, Prayers and Promises 4:31 (7.6MB)
Track 11. Amsterdam 3:54 (6.6MB)
Track 12. Sunshine on My Shoulders 3:22 (5.7MB)
Track 13. Take Me Home, Country Roads 4:08 (6.9MB)
Track 14. I Guess He’d Rather Be in Colorado 3:20 (5.6MB)

Golders Green Hippodrome, London, UK; January 18, 1973
Track 15. Catch Another Butterfly 3:17 (5.5MB)
Track 16. Jimmy Newman 2:51 (4.8MB)

58 mins

Lineup:
John Denver - acoustic guitar, lead vocals
Paul Prestopino - acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo
Steve Weisberg - acoustic guitar, dobro, pedal steel guitar
Dick Kniss - double bass
Herb Lovelle - drums, percussion
Lee Holdridge - arranger, conductor
Mike Taylor - acoustic guitar on London tracks
Dick Kniss - double bass on London tracks

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  1. 4 Responses to “JOHN DENVER - MORRISON 1973”

  2. Could be wrong but weren’t the tracks on An Evening with John Denver recorded in 1974? I ask because many of the songs from his hit album of the time, Back Home Again, were on it. In any case, this man’s career is in for a re-evaluation.

    By Tony Pizza on Nov 18, 2015

  3. Tony - Yes, the tracks from original 1974 An Evening with John Denver double LP were recorded in 1974, at the Universal Amphitheatre. But when the album was reissued on CD in 2006 (not sure about the year), they put 6 bonus tracks on the second CD. Those 6 bonus tracks were recorded on August 14th, 1973 at Red Rocks.

    By Jason (DDPro) on Nov 18, 2015

  4. Fantastic, a great setlist! I haven’t encountered this one before and thank you for posting it JasonDDPro (and BigO).
    John Denver’s voice was the highlight in my opinion :)

    By BowLeggedRedneck on Nov 19, 2015

  5. While the sound quality definitely sounds like many generations removed, it’s still a nice document. Living in Colorado in the 80s and 90s and as a fan of JD (my parents bought the Evening With live double LP when I was pretty young) I often thought about going to see him, but never did. Then it was too late. :-( At least things like this pop up.

    By Andy T. on Nov 20, 2015

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