Spirit (John Denver album)

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Spirit
Studio album by John Denver
Released August 1976
Genre folk, adult contemporary
Label RCA
Producer Milton Okun
John Denver chronology
Rocky Mountain Christmas
(1975)
Spirit
(1976)
I Want to Live
(1977)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]

Spirit is the 11th studio album by John Denver. It was released in August 1976. After the full-blown success of Windsong and its accompanying hit singles, this album began a downward chart trend for the singer, although he continued to have hits on the adult contemporary charts. This album was re-released with bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Come and Let Me Look in Your Eyes" (Denver, Joe Henry) - 3:47
  2. "Eli's Song" (Jack Williams) - 3:58
  3. "Wrangle Mountain Song" (Denver) - 3:10
  4. "Hitchhiker" (Denver, Steve Weisberg) - 3:10
  5. "In the Grand Way" (John Sommers) - 3:39

Side two[edit]

  1. "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) - 3:08
  2. "It Makes Me Giggle" (Denver) - 3:16
  3. "Baby, You Look Good to Me Tonight" (Bill Danoff) - 2:45
  4. "Like a Sad Song" (Denver) - 3:41
  5. "San Antonio Rose" (Bob Wills) - 2:40
  6. "Pegasus" (Denver, Joe Henry) - 3:20
  7. "The Wings That Fly Us Home" (Denver, Joe Henry) - 4:11

CD Bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Whose Garden Was This" (Tom Paxton)
  2. "The Game Is Over" (Denver, Jean Pierre Bourtayre, Jean Marcel Bouchety)
  3. "Eleanor Rigby" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
  4. "Old Folks" (Jacques Brel, Gerard Jouannest, Jean Cori, Eric Blau, Mort Shuman)
  5. Medley: "Golden Slumbers" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney); "Sweet Sweet Life" (Denver); "Tremble If You Must" (Paul Potash)

These bonus tracks were originally released in 1970 as Side 2 of the "Whose Garden Was This" album.

Personnel[edit]

  • John Denver - guitars, vocals
  • Steve Weisberg - el. & acoustic guitars, dobro, pedal steel guitar
  • Hal Blaine - drums, percussion
  • Richard "Dick" Kniss - bass
  • John Sommers - acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, vocals
  • All songs arranged by J. Denver, D. Kniss, S. Weisberg, J. Sommers and Hal Blaine
  • Lee Holdridge - Orchestral Arrangements and Conductor
  • Starland Vocal Band sings background vocals on "Baby, you look good to me tonight"

and "Polka Dots and Moonbeams"

  • Children's Choir on "Pegasus" from St. Mel's School, Woodland Hills, CA.
  • Milton Okun - Producer
  • Kris O'Connor - Asst. producer
  • Richard Simpson - Mastering Eng.
  • Mickey Crofford - Engineer
  • Artie Torgersen - Asst. Eng.
  • Lynne Morse - A & R Coordination
  • Jerry Weintraub - Personal management
  • Source: Notes on original "Spirit" Album Sleeve 1976 RCA Records, NY

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