John Denver had a pretty good year in 1975 with the release of the live album "An Evening With John Denver," "Rocky Mountain Christmas" for the holidays, and the popular "Windsong" album. "Spirit," a 1976 release, is a second level John Denver album but one of the better ones and an album often overlooked by those expanding their music collection beyond the greatest hits albums. This is a quieter album offering contemplative ballads such as "Like a Sad Song" and "In the Grand Way," which were always one of Denver's strengths as a songwriter. "Spirit" is a bit more country than you usually find on a John Denver album (e.g., "Baby, You Look Good to Me Tonight"), including covers of some older country songs that a lot of listeners might not recognize as such (e.g., "San Antonio Rose"). This CD reissue of "Spirit" offers up a quartet of bonus tracks, including one original song by Denver, "The Game Is Over," and a surprising couple of Lennon & McCartney songs, "Eleanor Rigby" and "Golden Slumbers," the latter as part of a medley. Only those who really listened to John Denver know that he did several covers of songs by Paul McCartney, the best of which is still "Junk." Adding these treats to the end of "Spirit" makes it a prime choice for anyone who enjoys Denver's music and wants to get beyond the basics.