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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by SnidelyWhiplash, Dec 28, 2014.
This is their second album & the last with Jim Messina. Tele tone
abounds! Great album.
One of the best groups ever IMHO. Uptempo counry rock at it's best.
THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They always improve my mood.
Saw them multiple times. Always Superb!
They're being inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame this January. Timmy B. Schmitt and Richie Furay are going to play with them. Not sure about Jimmy. Firefall and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band are playing too. There's going to be a tribute to Manassas. I wish I could afford tickets.
IMHO the best thing that ever happened to Poco is when Messina left. They became a better band because of it.
the title track from one of my all-time favorite albums:
Poco was a solid, talented band. They had great harmony vocals, memorable tunes, and fine musicianship . I'm a big Richie Furay fan, but still liked them for awhile after he left.
Hekawi, that was one of my favorite records as well. I played it a lot as a teenager. I also liked "Seven" quite a bit too. You might enjoy this one.
We're seeing Richie Furay this spring,
Poco improved dramatically when Paul Cotton joined.
Agreed. I like the version with Paul and Rusty as the main guys as much or more than the earlier version. Richie contributed a lot vocally and as a song writer but the bands material following his departure got far more diverse.
That's Richie's anthem. Great example of early Poco.
Big Poco fan from way back.
I was introduced to Poco in 1969 by a Canadian friend who had their first album (not released in the UK IIRC) and I've been listening to them ever since.
Poco fan from downunder
I posted elsewhere recently about a band called Goldrush from down here in Sydney..they used to finish with this kickass song that was obviously a cover but back in 83 it was very hard to google lyrics etc..anyway I found out down the track that it was the song "legend" and my Poco kick began! I ended up playing a few songs in a band (Legend, Boomerang etc) and when I started having some lessons from a VERY well known and influential blues and rock guitarist down here, surprise surprise he trns out to also be a massive Poco fan, brought me in cassettes (still the 80s..) of their cds.. I'll admit some of their stuff I find a bit too "pretty" and harmonied to death, but they could certainly rock out and write some incredible riffs and grooves..
They were unbelievable live. I saw them at a free concert in the Boston Commons with the original lineup and they just killed.
Well I like the early stuff the best, for selfish reasons. It just reminds me of happy times with great guitars and cute girls aplenty.
Poco, along with the Byrds and a couple of others also showed me that country could be cool.
I'm a big fan too. Rusty got me interested in pedal steel. Jim's intro on "You Better Think Twice" still amazes me. My favorite album is "Inamorata". "Cantamos" and "POCO" are right there with it. But I can find songs on every album that I still really, really enjoy listening to. I read that Rusty retired last year. And I was surprised by how Paul left the band. Anyway, their song writing and musicianship was so good, it has always bothered me that they weren't more popular (like the Eagles).
Actually there's 3 with Messina, the 1st-Pickin' Up The Pieces
2nd-POCO this is the one with the oranges and Timothy B.
3rd-DeLIVErin' the live one.
One of my all time favorite bands esp. thru the Richie Furay yrs. I liked them after he left up thru Rose Of Cimarron. After that it just changed to much fm what it was IMO.
The Jim Messina-Paul Cotton yrs were very different and I liked both of these periods. I have a POCO bootleg where they do all of the material on the live Messina LP but with Paul Cotton, I'm guessing because they didn't have a lot of new material yet. He didn't really do justice to that type of material. In fairness tho, Messina probably couldn't have done what Paul Cotton did with the band later on, apples and oranges so to speak. Both great players each with their own unique contributions to a great band.
I'm curious, how did Paul leave the band?
I'm another Messina era Poco fan.
JM is a very under-rated guitarist.
He's also a brilliant writer and producer.
The Cotton era was cool too, but Jim brought the fire, and took it with him when he went, IMO.
I completely lost interest in Poco when he left.