THE MITCHELL TRIO (JOHN DENVER) - PHILADELPHIA 1968

December 15, 2015 – 5:23 am

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THE MITCHELL TRIO
John Denver, David Boise, Michael Johnson
Philadelphia 1968 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Old Pool Farm, Schwenksville, PA; August 25, 1968. Fairly to very good soundboard.

Thanks to jddpro for sharing the tracks at Dime.

jddpro noted:

The live recordings of the “original” Mitchell Trio (John Denver, Mike Kobluk, Joe Frazier) are extremely rare. Actually, the only live recording I know of those three members together is from 1967’s Mike Douglas Show, which is available on YouTube. Three songs.

John Denver’s solo performance from 1968’s Philly Folk Festival was re-broadcast on WXPN-FM in 2013, and was uploaded kindly by ltzero to DIME. When I downloaded the show, I realized that I might have another copy of the show somewhere. So here is the trio’s performance from the same festival. I don’t know the exact source of the recording, but judging from the sound quality, it must be from radio broadcast or soundboard tape. I’ve also included John Denver’s solo set as well, as it sounds slightly different from the 2013 re-broadcast.

The Chad Mitchell Trio is one of the most successful folk trios back in the ’60s great folk revival along with The Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul And Mary. And with a producer like Milt Okun and long-time collaborators like Tom Paxton and June Reizner, it also became the most political (and satirical) folk group.

The original members of the trio were Chad Mitchell, Mike Kobluk and Mike Pugh. Pugh left the trio in 1960 and was replaced by Joe Frazier. In 1964, the group’s name was changed to The Mitchell Trio, and the name remained even after Chad Mitchell himself left the trio. He was replaced by John Denver in 1965. Joe Frazier left in 1967 and Mike Kobluk left in 1968. They were replaced by David Boise and Michael Johnson. As the last original member had left the trio, Chad himself was not happy about the “Mitchell” name still being used, so they had to change their name to “Denver, Boise & Johnson” officially. However, they’re still oftimes referred to as The Mitchell Trio. In fact, even John Denver would still call themselves “The Mitchell Trio” at times. In November 1968, the trio finally disbanded.

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John Denver solo set; August 23, 1968
Track 01. Gene Shay Introduces John Denver 0:27 (769k)
Track 02. Good Ole Friends of Mine 2:32 (4.2MB)
Track 03. Deal With the Ladies (John Denver) 1:34 (2.6MB)
Track 04. Catch Another Butterfly (Mike Williams) 3:17 (5.5MB)
Track 05. Sticky Summer Weather (John Denver) 3:40 (6.2MB)
Track 06. Farewell Part (Bob Gibson; Bob Connelly) 2:34 (4.3MB)
Track 07. What’s That I Hear? (Phil Ochs) 3:58 (6.7MB)

The Mitchell Trio; August 25, 1968
Track 08. If You Had Me in Shackles (Tom Paxton) 2:02 (3.4MB)
Track 09. Yellow Cat (Steve Fromholz) 2:56 (4.9MB)
Track 10. Talking Vietnam Potluck Blues (Tom Paxton) 3:37 (6.1MB)
Track 11. Business Goes on as Usual (Fred Hellerman; Fran Minkoff) 2:46 (4.7MB)
Track 12. Everybody’s Talkin’ (Fred Neil) 4:04 (6.8MB)
Track 13. The ‘68 Nixon - This Year’s Model (June T Reizner) 2:35 (4.3MB)
Track 14. Leaving on a Jet Plane (John Denver) 3:55 (6.6MB)
Track 15. Love of the Common People (Ronnie Wilkins; John Hurley) 3:43 (6.2MB)

Bonus Tracks from Columbus, OH; 1968
Track 16. The John Birch Society (Michael Brown) 2:53 (4.9MB)
Track 17. Victoria Dines Alone (Tom Paxton) 2:58 (5.0MB)
Track 18. Your Friendly, Liberal, Neighborhood Ku-Klux-Klan (Bernie Cross) 3:46 (6.3MB)
Track 19. Get Together (Chet W Powers) 3:05 (5.2MB)
57 mins

Lineup:
John Denver - acoustic guitar, vocals
David Boise - acoustic guitar, vocals
Michael Johnson - acoustic guitar, vocals
Paul Prestopino - banjo, acoustic guitar, bass guitar

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  1. 6 Responses to “THE MITCHELL TRIO (JOHN DENVER) - PHILADELPHIA 1968”

  2. I can’t d/l the files on my tablet …..

    By Paul on Dec 15, 2015

  3. Great stuff; what I’d like to add is that the song “Talking Vietnam Potluck Blues” was a David Boise solo, John and Mike didn’t sing in it.

    By Jason (DDPro) on Dec 15, 2015

  4. HI

    Thank you I would love to hear the John Denver’s solo performance from 1968’s Philly Folk Festival Can we get it?

    Thanks

    By Keith on Dec 15, 2015

  5. Opps should have read the whole page

    By Keith on Dec 15, 2015

  6. Thanks for this. The local PBS station has been playing the “John Denver: Country Boy” biography, and just yesterday I watched the part where he got the part in the band, beating out hundreds of others in NYC. The band’s agent said it was obvious Denver was the best of the lot by far, but he still made him wait a week before calling him.

    By Steve MC on Dec 16, 2015

  7. The Victoria Dines Alone is awesome rendition

    By JDBootleg on Apr 29, 2016

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