Aerie (Remastered) John Denver

Album info

Album-Release:
1971

HRA-Release:
06.10.2017

Label: RCA/Legacy

Genre: Songwriter

Subgenre: Folk-Rock

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  • 1Starwood in Aspen 03:04
  • 2Everyday 03:12
  • 3Casey's Last Ride 04:55
  • 4City of New Orleans 03:18
  • 5Friends with You 03:22
  • 660 Second Song for a Bank, with the Phrase "May We Help You Today?" 01:03
  • 7Blow up Your TV (Spanish Pipe Dream) 02:21
  • 8All of My Memories 04:57
  • 9She Won't Let Me Fly Away 03:41
  • 10Readjustment Blues 04:52
  • 11The Eagle and the Hawk 02:07
  • 12Tools 01:38
  • Total Runtime38:30

Info for Aerie (Remastered)



Aerie reached #75 on the Billboard charts when originally issued in 1971 on RCA Records. Take Me To Tomorrow hit the Billboard charts in 1970, originally issued on RCA Records Whose Garden Was This was originally issued on RCA Records in 1970.

„Listeners acquainted with the John Denver of "Rocky Mountain High" and "Sunshine on My Shoulders" may be surprised to discover a slightly more gritty folkster in some of these album cuts. Kris Kristofferson's "Casey's Last Ride" is delivered as a spare, ghostly lament, while "She Won't Let Me Fly Away" has a bluesy, urban feel. "Readjustment Blues" is a sobering account of the unwelcome treatment experienced by soldiers returning home from the Vietnam War, and is highlighted by Paul Griffin's haunting organ playing. However, Denver's trademark uplifting nature-oriented songs make up a good half of the tracks. The soaring "The Eagle and the Hawk," in fact, is the centerpiece of the album. Though it's a less well-known work in his oeuvre, Aerie is worth seeking out to get a more complete picture of the artist's range.“ (Rob Caldwell, AMG)

John Denver, guitar, vocals
Eric Weissberg, banjo, fiddle, guitar
Paul Griffin, keyboards
Mike Taylor, guitar
Toots Thielemans, harmonica
George Marge, woodwind
Richard Kniss, bass
Gary Chester, drums
Paul Prestopino, banjo, dobro, guitar
Al Rogers, percussion
Paula Ballan, vocals
Diane Kniss, vocals
Kenneth Boaz, vocals
Turnpike Tom, vocals
Alec White, vocals
Mary Angela White, vocals
Barbara Carlson, vocals
Andromeda Quasar, vocals
Bill Danoff, vocals
Keith Lane, vocals
Candy Ledbetter, vocals
Ron Ledbetter, vocals
Elizabeth Lindsay, vocals
Steve Mandell, vocals
Anne Denver, vocals
Taffy Nivert, vocals

Produced by Milton Okun

Digitally remastered


John Denver
One of the world’s best-known and best-loved performers, John Denver earned international acclaim as a songwriter, performer, actor, environmentalist and humanitarian. Denver’s career spanned four decades and his music has outlasted countless musical trends and garnered numerous awards and honors.

The son of a U.S. Air Force officer, Denver’s artistic journey began at age eleven when he was given his grandmother’s guitar. Denver eventually took guitar lessons and joined a boys’ choir, which led him at age twenty to pursue his dream of a career in music.

In 1963 he struck out on his own, moving to Los Angeles to be in the heart of the burgeoning music scene. It was during this time that Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. was urged by friends to change his name if a recording career was to be in his future. He took his stage name from the beautiful capital city of his favorite state, Colorado. Later in life, Denver and his family settled in Aspen, Colorado and his love for the Rocky Mountains inspired many of his songs.

John Denver experienced his first major break in the music industry when he was chosen from 250 other hopefuls as lead singer for the popular Mitchell Trio. Two years and three albums later, Denver had honed his considerable vocal talent and developed his own songwriting style. He gained recognition when his song “Leaving On A Jet Plane” was recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary, becoming their first and only number one hit. As the Mitchell Trio disbanded, Denver was climbing up the pop charts as a solo act with songs like “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine On My Shoulders,” “Annie’s Song,” “Back Home Again,” “Thank God I’m A Country Boy,” and “Calypso,” solidifying his position as one of the top stars of the 1970s.

By his third album in 1970, Denver’s social and political leanings were defined more clearly. Denver was one of the first artists to share an environmental message through his music, beginning with the song “Whose Garden Was This?” This was the first in a long line of songs that he wrote about the environment.

Denver contributed his talents to the benefit of many charitable and environmental causes and received numerous civic and humanitarian awards over the years. Fans responded to his heartfelt urgings about ecology, peace, and compassion that were consistently delivered in a gentle manner on his records and at live performances.

His passion to help create a global community paved the way for ventures into new musical and geographic territories. In 1985 he was invited by the Soviet Union of Composers to perform in the USSR, inspiring the internationally acclaimed song “Let Us Begin (What Are We Making Weapons For?).” The powerful video for “Let Us Begin” moved viewers around the world.

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