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Schwenksville 1968 / Aspen 1980 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Old Pool Farm, Schwenksville, PA; August 23, 1968 (wrongly listed as August 17). Very good soundboard. Aspen Music Festival, Bayer-Benedict Music Tent, Aspen, Colorado; August 19, 1980. Very good radio broadcast.

Back in 2015, we had shared the tracks from Philadelphia Folk Festival 1968.

Thanks to julsay (Philadelphia Folk Festival) and kingrue (Aspen Music Festival) for sharing the respective shows at The Traders’ Den.

kingrue noted:

Tracks 107-109 are performed by Lee Holdridge and Orchestra, without John Denver. Two songs from the end of Set 1, were absent during the original radio broadcast, but audience tapes with those two songs exist. A few of the songs from this concert were filmed for the TV special, “Music and the Mountains”. From the looks of the stage footage, the orchestra was huge, with probably 40 to 50 members. John also does two renditions of “Starwood In Aspen”, with slightly different orchestration. Thanks to Mauro for supplying the CD rip. This is really nice quality.

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Philadelphia Folk Festival: soundboard > unknown open reel recorder (10.5″ reel tape)
master reel > Teac r2r > DAT recorder
DAT > HHB CDR recorder

Aspen Music Festival: FM broadcast > cd-r
Soundforge (volume adjustment) > Wave (EAC tested) > TLH (SBE aligned) Flac level 8

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Disc 1
Philadelphia Folk Festival 1968 (solo set)
Old Pool Farm, Schwenksville, PA; August 23, 1968
Track 101. Good Ole Friends Of Mine 2:42
Track 102. Deal With The Ladies 1:53
Track 103. Catch Another Butterfly 2:49
Track 104. Sticky Summer Weather 4:13
Track 105. Farewell Party 2:37
Track 106. What’s That I Hear 3:58
19 mins

Aspen Music Festival 1980 - Set 1
Bayer-Benedict Music Tent, Aspen, Colorado; August 19, 1980
Track 107. Fly Away 4:57
Track 108. The Eagle And The Hawk 3:24
Track 109. Late Winter, Early Spring 7:38
Track 110. Starwood In Aspen 3:10
Track 111. Mother Nature’s Son 2:21
Track 112. Take Me Home Country Roads 3:18
Track 113. Follow Me 3:41
Track 114. I’d Rather Be A Cowboy 4:57
Track 115. Autograph 3:53
Track 116. Matthew 3:43
41 mins

Disc 2
Aspen Music Festival 1980 - Set 2
Track 201. To The Wild Country 8:00
Track 202. The Wrangle Mountain Song 3:24
Track 203. Whalebones And Crosses 4:08
Track 204. Going Up To Alaska 3:14
Track 205. Rocky Mountain High 4:54
Track 206. Annie’s Song 3:10
Track 207. Calypso 7:44
Track 208. Starwood In Aspen 4:31
Track 209. Boy From The Country 5:33
45 mins

Lineup (Aspen Music Festival):
John Denver - acoustic guitar, vocals, mandolin
James Burton - electric guitar
Glen D. Hardin - piano
Danny Wheetman - harmonica, fiddle, mandolin, vocals
Denny Brooks - rhythm guitar, vocals
Chuck Fiore - electric bass
Hal Blaine - drums, percussion
Lee Holdridge - orchestra conductor
Aspen Festival Orchestra

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  1. 33 Responses to “JOHN DENVER - SCHWENKSVILLE 1968 / ASPEN 1980”

  2. A nice recording, Thank You Big o, for your effort. I’m just not a huge fan of anybody who thinks that flying an Airplane intoxicated was a good thing to do. It looks like he got what he deserved in the end. AMF! John Denver~!

    By Bootleg-Steve on Dec 20, 2019

  3. What a great voice it was……… Tragically cut short.

    By Stranger on Dec 20, 2019

  4. Sorry ‘ I don’t make a point of engaging in the negativity and much silliness here , but cmon Steve , that a pretty insensitive thing to say . John lost his life that day . Granted , the man was a bit of a hypocrite with allegations of spousal abuse and violent rages , which were a contrast to his carefully crafted sqeaky clean public image but he did a lot of good and made some great timeless music . People aren’t all either black of white. We are all flawed with shades of gray .

    By Bill on Dec 20, 2019

  5. Rumor has it John had a Average Un

    By U L E on Dec 20, 2019

  6. Never my thing when he was on the radio all the time in the early/ mid 70s . I always preferred motherfuckin Classic Rock which is what there needs to be more of here instead of the fuckin Dic suckin queer music . Get with the program.

    By Derrick on Dec 20, 2019

  7. Also I heard the John Denver’s real name was Duchenforf or some fuckin name like that . Hey Anti ‘ was he another motherfuckin Jew Bastard? Sounds like one to me with a name like that .

    By Derrick on Dec 20, 2019

  8. Derrick, your same anti-Semitic speculation came up a few months ago. I didn’t realize that trolls ate
    their own vomit. Probably out of their Dallas Cowboys’helmet.

    By Ben Dover on Dec 20, 2019

  9. john denver is a dirty filty jew

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Dec 20, 2019

  10. Hal Blaine, James Burton and Glen Hardin - what a band he had

    By Chrissy59 on Dec 20, 2019

  11. I have never read anywhere that he was flying intoxicated, only without a pilots license. The experimental plane he was flying had a history of crashes with less than 10 deaths at the time he took flight. It is a shame that he died so young.

    By BigE on Dec 20, 2019

  12. Not that it really,but,for the record,
    John Denver’s real name was
    Henry John Deutschendorf Jr.

    By John on Dec 20, 2019

  13. Bill Your the Poster Boy of negativity and much silliness here,what a stupid thing to post,What Bootleg-Steve said is tame compared to the slander and lies you spew out of your dumb mouth….

    By Tom Petty's Ghost on Dec 21, 2019

  14. Deutschendorf means “German town”.

    By John on Dec 21, 2019

  15. Derrick is flawed with shades of gay.

    Get real. We know what you love about Cowboys and it aint the playbook.

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Dec 21, 2019

  16. Just like I thought. Another motherfuckin Jew bastard. With a fuckin name like that

    By Derrick on Dec 21, 2019

  17. I m still trying to come to terms with Dylan being a Jew bastard

    By Derrick on Dec 21, 2019

  18. yesh msn the jews are everywhere

    By THE ANTICHRIST on Dec 21, 2019

  19. Anti ‘ sorry some assholes are signing off as you and some as me as well . I think I can tell the difference dude . Hate that Denver was another Jew bastard but I guess there ain’t no escape from them or the coons and hi yellers

    By Derrick on Dec 21, 2019

  20. Antichrist and Derrick, I’ve given up trying to reason with the black ape and Jew lovers here. Blacks beat their wives and girlfriends as well as impregnate many white women creating mongrel children. Jews basically are Sxual predators and child rapists examples being Harvey Weinstein ‘ Jeff Epstein ‘ Woody Allen etc.

    By HHH on Dec 21, 2019

  21. Deutschendorf is one of the oldest truly Teutonic ancient Prussian names as German as it gets and is not Jewish at all but ancient Catholic in the deepest heart of the white Caucasus ironically the village bearing the name is now a part of Poland.
    Don’t listen to ‘Auntie’ Christ she knows not whereof she speaks. Amateur!

    By Der Fuehrer on Dec 21, 2019

  22. Jews are also wolves of Wall Street who prey on the financially less fortunate. Example Bernie Madoff. Jews are probably worse than black apes because of their superior intelligence. Blacks are basically just a cut above a Gorilla in terms of intelligence. Listen to how many black athletes speak for example. How did these apes graduate from college? Most speak like they have a mouth full of food .

    By HHH on Dec 21, 2019

  23. That’s a fake Fuhrer as well Anti . Fuck man everybody copies folks names here dude . Don’t blame you for laying low these days . I’m convinced Denver has gotta be a Jew bastard with a name like that .

    By Derrick on Dec 21, 2019

  24. hhh ‘ everything you said is right on bro .

    By Derrick on Dec 21, 2019

  25. Jews have Big Pricks Noses and Ears

    By U L E on Dec 21, 2019

  26. Also long pockets short arms

    By U L E on Dec 21, 2019

  27. Rumor has it Denver had a Average Un so probably not Jewish.

    By U L E on Dec 21, 2019

  28. I never knew that John Denver was a Jew “ but nothing surprises me anymore. A lot of jews change their names for some reason especially entertainers.

    By Nelson on Dec 21, 2019

  29. Don’t much care for jews either but the Muslims and niggers are worse .

    By Nelson on Dec 21, 2019

  30. Too many Muslims trying to invade every country. France and England are overrun with them America not much better . They All need to be shipped back to the Middle East where they came from . Same with the niggers . Send them back to Africa.

    By Nelson on Dec 21, 2019

  31. Wonderful Christmas Present!!!!!!!!

    By Frank on Dec 25, 2019

  32. Nelson said: “A lot of jews change their names for some reason especially entertainers”. No mystery about the reason - it’s to get asway from the kind of racist shit we see from a few idiots here.

    By Rod on Dec 25, 2019

  33. More John Denver please!!!

    For your information, Denver was NOT flying while intoxicated, although his license had been suspended because of a DUI. Also, Denver was raised protestant, although that probably doesn’t mean anything to most of these idiot commenters.

    By Brad on Jan 13, 2020

  34. By far the best singer-songwriter to ever live!

    By Brad on Jan 13, 2020

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