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," 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.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann