John Denver: Whose Garden Was This
Perhaps John Denver's worst-selling album, Whose Garden Was This, is largely a record of
cover songs, starting(?) with the Tom Paxton-penned environmentalist anthem that is the title track and including
Denver versions of such songs as the Band's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," Jerry Jeff Walker's
"Mr. Bojangles," and The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" and "Golden Slumbers." Denver's own contributions
included the awkward "I Wish I Could Have Been There (Woodstock)." Though Denver tried in a sleeve note to
weave all this into a theme, something about "all the things that change as we grow older," in fact, Whose
Garden Was This was an expendable collection of second-rate Denver songs and first-rate songs done better by
others. Not surprisingly, it missed the charts.
Denver's horrible version of "Dixie..." is also available as a bonus track on the 1998 CD re-issue of the compilation LP John Denver (BMG/RCA, 1979).