Higher Ground (John Denver album)

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Higher Ground
John Denver Higher Ground album cover.jpg
Studio album by John Denver
Released June 26, 1988 (AUS); September 29, 1988 (US)
Genre Pop
Length 41:35
Label Windstar
Producer John Denver, Roger Nichols
John Denver chronology
One World
(1986)One World1986
Higher Ground
Earth Songs
(1990)Earth Songs1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Higher Ground is the 20th album by American singer-songwriter John Denver. Released in September 1988, it was his first on the Windstar label and his final album of the 1980s. It was recorded at Denver's private studio in Snowmass, Colorado, with the exception of "For You" and the didjeridu part in "Sing Australia." These were recorded in Sydney, Australia. The album shares its title with Denver's television movie "Higher Ground", which uses the album's title song as its opening theme.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by John Denver; except where indicated

Side one[edit]

  1. "Higher Ground" (Denver, Lee Holdridge, Joe Henry)
  2. "Homegrown Tomatoes" (Guy Clark)
  3. "Whispering Jesse"
  4. "Never a Doubt"
  5. "Deal with the Ladies"
  6. "Sing Australia"

Side two[edit]

  1. "A Country Girl in Paris"
  2. "For You"
  3. "All This Joy" (Denver, Glen D. Hardin)
  4. "Falling Leaves (The Refugees)"
  5. "Bread & Roses" (Mimi Fariña, Jim Oppenheim)
  6. "Alaska & Me"

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (1988) Peak
Australian ARIA Chart[2] 5
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 49


Year Single Peak positions
US Country AUS
1988 "Country Girl in Paris" 96
"For You" 21


  • John Denver - guitar, vocals
  • James Burton - guitar
  • Glen D. Hardin - piano
  • Richard Mellick - piano, "For You"
  • Jerry Scheff - bass
  • Lee Holdridge - string arrangements
  • Danny Wheatman - mandolin, fiddle, harmonica
  • Christy O'Leary - uilleann pipes
  • Arthur Lazenby - banjo
  • Alf Clausen - string arrangements
  • Strings Plus - orchestra
  • Jim McGillveray - percussion
  • Charlie McMahon - didjeridu