Rocky Mountain Christmas

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Rocky Mountain Christmas
Cover art from CD reissue
Studio album by John Denver
Released 1975
Recorded 1975
Genre Christmas music
Label RCA
Producer Milton Okun
John Denver chronology
Windsong
(1975)
Rocky Mountain Christmas
(1975)
Spirit
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Rocky Mountain Christmas is the tenth album by American singer-songwriter John Denver, released in 1975.

His first Christmas-themed release, the album includes renditions of several traditional carols and popular Christmas standards; re-recorded versions of two songs from earlier Denver albums, "Aspenglow" from Take Me to Tomorrow and "Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)" from Farewell Andromeda; and the newly penned compositions "Christmas for Cowboys" and "A Baby Just Like You".

Track listing[edit]

Side 1[edit]

  1. "Aspenglow"
  2. "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)"
  3. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
  4. "Silver Bells"
  5. "Please, Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas)"
  6. "Christmas for Cowboys"

Side 2[edit]

  1. "Away in a Manger"
  2. "What Child Is This"
  3. "Coventry Carol"
  4. "Oh Holy Night"
  5. "Silent Night, Holy Night"
  6. "A Baby Just Like You"

The current CD reissue of the album includes 2 bonus tracks: "Jingle Bells" (from Denver's 1970 album Whose Garden Was This) and "White Christmas" (an outtake from the 1975 album sessions). The 1998 reissue also added "The Music is You" (from Back Home Again), "Perhaps Love" (from Plácido Domingo's album of the same name) and "Dreamland Express" (from the eponymous album).

Personnel[edit]

  • John Denver - vocals, 6- and 12-string guitars
  • Dick Kniss - bass
  • Lee Holdridge - piano, celeste, harpsichord, and tack piano
  • Steve Weisberg - guitar
  • John Sommers - guitar, mandolin
  • Hal Blaine - drums, percussion
  • Herb Lovelle - drums
  • George Marge - English horn, oboe
  • Harvey Estrin - flute
  • Sid Sharp - violin
  • William Kurasch - violin
  • Samuel Boghossian - viola
  • Jesse Erhlich - cello
  • Pearl Kaufman - piano and harpsichord
  • Chuck Collazzi - guitar

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