January 16, 2011 – 3:59 am

John Denver’s first.

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John Denver Sings [no label, 1CD]

Only 300 copies of this album was made and distributed in 1966. Transferred from vinyl, with very little background noise. Very good soundboard stereo. Slightly boomy sound.

“An album recorded by John at his own expense in 1966 when he was a member of the Mitchell Trio; distributed privately to friends, family and business contacts at Christmas (sometimes called the Christmas Album, but no Christmas songs). According to John’s autobiography, only 300 copies of the album were pressed, all of which are truly collector’s items to the extent they still exist.” - caverluke, Oct 2010.

Here at the beginning of his career, is an album recorded privately and circulated to a circle of friends, of mainly cover versions and just one original composition. At the time in 1966, it was titled Baby I Hate To Go. By the time Peter, Paul and Mary heard it, it was called Leaving On A Jet Plane.

The rest of the album includes three Beatle songs, one each by the Everlys and Phil Ochs. Denver was primed for singer-songwriter status with a leaning to slow, easy ballads. He would make his mark later on the charts with a slew of ballads such as Take Me Home Country Roads, Sunshine On My Shoulders, Annie’s Song and I’m Sorry. He also showcased his instrumental prowess with Django Reinhardt’s Minor Swing.

Overall, this first effort was to show the range of Denver’s talents as interpreter, instrumentalist and balladeer. The recording sounds like it’s just Denver accompanied by his acoustic guitar. It earned him a contract with RCA and, in 1969, Denver recorded Rhymes And Reasons.

It is a shame this album has not had an official release. Perhaps the master tape is lost but copies of the vinyl exist. Thanks to caverluke for sharing this. By the way, Denver was born Dec 31 and Patti Smith on Dec 30. What a difference a day made.
- Professor Red

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Track 01. Here, There, and Everywhere (Lennon-McCartney) (4.2MB)
Track 02. Ann (Billy Edd Wheeler) (3.8MB)
03. Baby I Hate To Go - Omitted*
(later renamed Leaving On A Jet Plane, by J. Denver)
Track 04. When I Was A Cowboy (Leadbelly) (3.0MB)
Track 05. Yesterday (Lennon-McCartney) (3.7MB)
Track 06. Blues My Naughty Baby Told Me (Carey Morgan) (4.2MB)
Track 07. What’s That I Hear Now? (Phil Ochs) (4.9MB)
Track 08. And I Love Her (Lennon-McCartney) (5.4MB)
Track 09. When Will I Be Loved? (Everly Brothers) (3.0MB)
Track 10. Darcy Farrow (Steve Gillette) (5.7MB)
Track 11. Minor Swing (Django Reinhardt) [instrumental] (3.9MB)
Track 12. In My Life (Lennon-McCartney) (3.0MB)
Track 13. Farewell Party (Bob Gibson) (3.2MB)
(Total 33 min)

* This track was officially released in 2004 on the compilation Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits.

To obtain the omitted track, click on the link to order John Denver’s Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits.

  1. 21 Responses to “LOST ALBUM”

  2. Like Dennis Leary said ” Bring me the empty head of John F_ckin’ Denver so we can drink beer out of his empty head ” I did not think much of him and flyin’ a plane while drunk??? What a piece of crap!!!!!

    By Bootleg - Steve Yeaton on Jan 16, 2011

  3. Steve, What thoughtful comments you’ve made here. Did you have help with the spelling? With all your positivity, you must be a blast to hang out with!

    By dwk on Jan 16, 2011

  4. well dwk….just look at his lame site-it speaks volumes…aging hippies up in the mountains,lmao

    By jumpthejim on Jan 17, 2011

  5. There’s room enough in the musical universe for JD. I understand why some don’t like him, but not the vitriolic hatred. I guess it’s some form of musical snobbery. As Dylan sang in “Silvio” …”and if you don’t like me you can leave me alone.”

    By Rick on Jan 17, 2011

  6. thanks, mister bigO, for this nice ‘change of pace’ offering!


    By I-) on Jan 17, 2011

  7. Thanks bigO!- Looking forward to the Django and Beatles-

    By Namoosedog on Jan 17, 2011

  8. There werent that many that made the transition from folk music through the Beatle and harder rock era to bust out big in the early 70’s, the soft rock era, along with Olivia Newton-John, ABBA, Carpenters, America, then the nostalgia period in the mid-seventies, and into the disco era in the mid to late 70’s. John Denver had a high likeability factor with families as he sustained a “clean” image and a love for the great outdoors in his songs, if not always in his personal choices. He was viewed as an “everyman”, so he realistically portrayed a grocery store clerk that one day meets “god” in the form of George Burns in the movie “Oh God”. He was a perfect guest to have on the Muppet Show, and a “safe” host of his own show and TV specials.

    By 2yrsnojob on Jan 17, 2011

  9. It is a little known fact that John Denver WAS a muppet!

    By fortwaldron on Jan 17, 2011

  10. Like him or not the man had a beautiful voice. His squeeky clean image obviously didn’t go over well with some of the Big O’sters. Even John FOGERTY recorded Back Home Again on his last cd. Isn’t Fogerty pretty cool, I mean, what would he be doing recording a Denver song?

    By Mike on Jan 18, 2011

  11. don’t hate on john denver. he was of his time, and he was brilliant. his voice was as golden as his hair, and he was taken far too soon.

    By Franko on Jan 20, 2011

  12. What the hell is wrong with you people? I don’t like John Denver either but no one forces me to listen to him and no one forces you to download this offering from ROIO.

    Grow up and have your little potty mouth keyboard fits somewhere else. Tools.

    By raoul duke on Jan 20, 2011

  13. Diversity and variety are the spice of life, and where music is concerned, they rule.
    Denver had a great voice and good guitar skills - as far as the MUSIC is concerned, what’s not to like?
    Thanks Big-O!

    By tony on Jan 20, 2011

  14. saludos espero puedas subir el track 8 esta muerto

    track 8 dead RELOAD

    By taxbluesman on Aug 6, 2012

  15. GRACIAS por resubir el link, Thanks for reload the link..

    By taxbluesman on Aug 13, 2012

  16. this worth seeing/hearing if only for the first few idiots that decided to rip into this artist because his music wasn’t to their liking……
    and while i know alot of people that feel this same way, they use more “tact” and also despise springsteen and amy winehouse as well…….
    and come to think of it, so do i!!
    Kudos Big O for being the well-rounded “site” that is truly a gift to us all!

    By gmb on Jun 2, 2014

  17. Never paid much attention to him until he died, and then I borrowed a tape of his songs for a long road trip, and by the end I thought, holy crap, this guy is good. And been listening to him ever since.

    By Steve MC on Jun 2, 2014

  18. Just found this and tried downloading the tracks. Numbers 5 and 12 say I don’t have permission. The others were fine, but not these two. Have tried multiple browsers on different Macs. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks for this. He was a great singer-songwriter.

    By John Sturm on Jun 17, 2014

  19. John Denver was brilliant , his voice was one of the best in music history & he wrote so many beautiful songs, there are not many artists that can match his talent. I find it hard to believe there are so many creeps that say such nasty things about John & his beautiful songs , all I can say about them is they are nasty creeps.

    By Jeff on Jun 4, 2015

  20. Hello ! Amigo BigO: Los tracks 4, 8 y 12 estan rotos. Por favor puedes subirlos nuevamente ? Muchas gracias y un gran saludo desde Argentina!

    Hello ! BigO friend: The tracks 4, 8 and 12 are broken. Please you can raise them again? Thank you very much and a big greeting from Argentina!


    (translated with google translator)

    By caton3 on Nov 7, 2016

  21. Thanks amigo !!!! the links are ok ! Catòn

    By caton3 on Nov 7, 2016

  22. John Denver was an excellent vocalist, an excellent instrumentalist, and an incomparable songwriter. His demons took him from us far too soon. Like him or hate him, his memory will live on long after any of ours. Bad mouth him all you want, your words will be forgotten long before later generations are just becoming familiar with his!

    By James Bowness on Mar 28, 2018

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