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Back Home Again
John Denver

RCA LSP 0548
Released: June 1974
Chart Peak: #1
Weeks Charted: 96
Certified Gold: 6/24/74

With the lovely "Annie's Song" from this album rampaging up the Hot 100 and his "Greatest Hits" repackage still top 10 after 30 weeks on the chart, John Denver has found the perfect timing to deliver his biggest smash yet. Over-all LP theme is joys of natural country life, as opposed to previously more specific Rocky Mountain imagery. Side one is mainly bucolic novelty picking, with topics like Skids, 4 dogs & a piglet cavorting aIl night in "Grandma's Feather Bed." The love ballads, among Denver's best ever, wait on side two. Best cuts: "Annie's Song," "It's Up to You," "Sweet Surrender."

- Billboard, 1974.

Bonus Review

John Denver took his friendly, narrative songwriting a step further with Back Home Again. Featuring a cover shot of Denver and wife Annie -- hence "Annie's Song" -- the album found the singer at his most uplifting and generous of spirit; indeed Denver was the commercial antidote for those who found the vision of a Neil Young or a Bob Dylan too demanding. The album features some of Denver's best-loved songs, including "On The Road," the tale of a young boy experiencing love at first sight while on a car journey his father, and "Matthew," which was written as a memorial to his uncle, Dean Deutschendorf, who died in a car accident, aged 21. The album's highlight is the phenomenally successful "Annie's Song," which brought him not only domestic success, but international acclaim in its various guises, including flautist James Galway's UK hit single. The album topped the US chart and a couple of months later, when the album was released in the UK, it did the same there. This is not music to challenge, more to comfort, and the platinum status of the album -- with similar awards for "Annie's Song," "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" and the title track -- shows just how faithfully he was able to chime with his audience.

As of 2004, Back Home Again was the #83 best-selling album of the 70s.

- Hamish Champ, The 100 Best-Selling Albums of the 70s, 2004.

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