(1970) Take Me To Tomorrow

John Denver

... read moreTake Me to Tomorrow will come as a surprise to anyone expecting the pretty folk music and "listen to the wisdom of the children" lyrics usually associated with John Denver. The album, with its comparatively heavy folk-rock sound married to lyrics that mention belching and latrines, strives for the...

31′:12″ 11 Songs

1
Take Me To Tomorrow
John Denver
2:55
2
Isabel
John Denver
3:22
3
Follow Me
John Denver
2:26
4
Forest Lawn
John Denver
2:36
5
Aspenglow
John Denver
2:09
6
Amsterdam
John Denver
3:31
7
Anthem - Revelation
John Denver
2:00
8
Sticky Summer Weather
John Denver
3:30
9
Carolina In My Mind
John Denver
2:40
10
Jimmy Newman
John Denver
2:17
11
Molly
John Denver
3:46
Released 01 May 1970, ℗ 1970 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Review

Take Me to Tomorrow will come as a surprise to anyone expecting the pretty folk music and "listen to the wisdom of the children" lyrics usually associated with John Denver. The album, with its comparatively heavy folk-rock sound married to lyrics that mention belching and latrines, strives for the realism and capital "I" importance of Paul Simon, or even Phil Ochs, without the blatant politics. Denver tackles two Tom Paxton songs, including "Forest Lawn," a wry swipe at the cemetery business that echoes Evelyn Waugh's classic novel The Loved One. Pretty folk isn't entirely absent -- "Aspenglow" is the cut that is usually included on anthologies. According to the liner notes, Take Me to Tomorrow and Denver's solo debut, Rhymes & Reasons, combine to replicate his concert performance circa 1969, with Rhymes & Reasons comprising the lighter first-half of the show, and Take Me to Tomorrow the more rousing and cerebral second-half. Viewed from that perspective, the album accomplishes its goal, but it is not a typical John Denver album and will not be to every fan's liking. ~ Greg Adams