ROIO of the Week
[Recordings of Indeterminate Origin]

Here’s a rare item to kick off our series on singer-songwriters. A radio show at the beginning of John Denver’s career.




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John Denver
The Skip Weshner Show, Los Angeles 1971 [no label, 1CD]

Skip Weshner passed away in 1997 and these tapes were found among his belongings. They have been restored and shared among music fans. Weshner hosted a popular radio show on KRHM-FM in Los Angeles.

On this particular night, March 9, 1971, Denver says on air that he had been up all night writing this new song, Starwood In Aspen, and most likely this is the first performance of this fan favourite. He stops mid-song to figure out the next chord. While there are some stumbles here and there, this is a very young John Denver sounding quite mournful on tracks like Follow Me and Gospel Changes.

This is an excellent stereo broadcast tape that has never been released before. Please share freely. Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality, stereo MP3s - sample rate of 192 kibit/s).

 
Track 01 Me And My Uncle [John Philips] (3.9MB)
Track 02 Starwood In Aspen (4.2MB)
Track 03 Poem’s Prayers & Promises (5.8MB)
Track 04
Today Is The First Day Of The Rest Of My Life (3.2MB)
Track 05 Follow Me (4.0MB)
Track 06 Gospel Changes (5.1MB)
Track 07 My Old Man (6.9MB)
Track 08 Trolley Car Ride (2.1MB)
Track 09 America The Beautiful (1.8MB)
  The following is the original Skip Wesher Show on KRHM-FM in Los Angeles with all the interviews with Denver.
Track 10 Me And My Uncle [John Philips] (3.9MB)
Track 11 Conversation (15.2MB)
Track 12 Starwood In Aspen (4.2MB)
Track 13 Conversation (6.7MB)
Track 14 Poem’s Prayers & Promises (5.8MB)
Track 15 Today Is The First Day Of The Rest Of My Life (3.2MB)
Track 16 Follow Me (4.0MB)
Track 17 Conversation (1.4MB)
Track 18 Gospel Changes (5.0MB)
Track 19 Conversation (954k)
Track 20 My Old Man (6.9MB)
Track 21 Conversation (2.7MB)
Track 22 Trolley Car Ride (2.1MB)
Track 23 Conversation (4.2MB)
Track 24 America The Beautiful (1.8MB)
Track 25 Conversation (2.0MB)

You can download either. This show took place when Poems, Prayers And Promises was released. It includes one of his biggest songs Take Me Home Country Road.
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