Back Home Again (John Denver album)

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Back Home Again
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Studio album by John Denver
Released June 15, 1974
Recorded 1974 at RCA's Music Center of the World, Los Angeles
Genre Folk
Length 38:08
Label RCA Records
Producer Milton Okun, Susan Ruskin
John Denver chronology
John Denver's Greatest Hits
(1973)John Denver's Greatest Hits1973
Back Home Again
An Evening with John Denver
(1975)An Evening with John Denver1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Creem C+[2]

Back Home Again is the eighth album by singer-songwriter John Denver released in June 1974.

The multi-platinum album contained the hit singles "Annie's Song" (#1 pop, #1 adult contemporary), and "Back Home Again" (#5 pop, #1 AC, #1 country). In addition, the studio versions of "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" and "Sweet Surrender" appear on this album.

The song "Grandma's Feather Bed" was written by banjoist Jim Connor, of the New Kingston Trio, based on a verse he wrote for his grandmother. Denver first heard Connor playing the song in 1968. Connor played on Denver's recording, and toured with the singer.[3]

The song "The Music is You" is a bonus track on the 1998 reissue of Rocky Mountain Christmas.

On the cover, John is shown with his then-wife Ann Martell.

Track listing

All tracks composed and arranged by John Denver, except where noted.

Side one

  1. "Back Home Again" – 4:42
  2. "On the Road" (Carl Franzen) – 2:33
  3. "Grandma's Feather Bed" (Jim Connor) – 2:15
  4. "Matthew" – 3:43
  5. "Thank God I'm a Country Boy"A (John Sommers) – 3:06
  6. "The Music Is You"B – 1:26

Side two

  1. "Annie's Song" – 2:58
  2. "It’s Up to You" (Steve Weisberg)B – 2:26
  3. "Cool an' Green an' Shady" (Denver, Joe Henry)B – 3:07
  4. "Eclipse"B – 3:41
  5. "Sweet Surrender"A – 5:29
  6. "This Old Guitar" – 2:50


  • A Original studio version; subsequently a US hit single from the live double album An Evening with John Denver.
  • B Some later audio cassette releases of the album excluded these songs.



Year Chart Position
1974 Billboard 200 1
Preceded by
Caribou by Elton John
Billboard 200 number-one album
August 10–16, 1974
Succeeded by
461 Ocean Boulevard by Eric Clapton
Preceded by
Behind Closed Doors by Charlie Rich
Top Country Albums number-one album of the year
Succeeded by
The Sound in Your Mind by Willie Nelson


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  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (October 1974). "The Christgau Consumer Guide". Creem. Retrieved November 27, 2016. 
  3. ^ Andy Powell, "Connor’s ‘Grandma’s Feather Bed’ almost wasn’t recorded", The Gadsden Times, June 2, 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2017

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