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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002PAV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,290 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Who knew that in '78, a decade after they formed, Poco would deliver the biggest album of their career? Legend hit #14 and sent the songs Crazy Love and Heart of the Night to the charts; also here: Spellbound; Little Darlin' , and more country-rock gems!

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Poco's Legend is one of the best albums of its time.
Paula J. Johnston
This cd is wonderful for Eagles and Jim Messina fans especially, but anyone who enjoys good music will enjoy it as well.
Debbie Laney
This was a clean CD and held marvelous productions by that great group of songsters.
Charles N. Roth

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Benito Vasquez on February 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Simply put, this was the right album at the right time for me. We all have those- albums or songs that came out at just the right time where we heard them loud and clear. Their songs practically spoke to us. Though Poco had put out a slew of records before "Legend," none matched it for impact. By the time this CD was released in 78 there were few California Sound bands still putting out strong music. Though Poco never matched The Eagles (who swiped Timothy B. Schmidt right before Poco recorded this CD) for number of hit songs (much less radio play), as this CD proves, they were capable of putting out powerful, catchy radio worthy music. I'll admit this CD has a strong sentimental value to me. "Crazy Love" hit me like a brick when it came out. Judging by how high the song charted, I'm sure I wasn't the only one. Who can't relate to the simple, efficient lyrics that say so much, so beautifully. To me this song is flawless from beginning to end and is one of my all time favorite songs, period. But other spellbinding songs are, "Spellbound" and "Love Comes, Love Goes" both equally potent in delivering heartfelt emotions. "Heart of the Night" and "Little Darlin" are well produced tunes that caught radio play, as this was Poco's most polished sounding recording, if only in sound quality. You'll get debates over whether the material was also as polished, but also like the Eagles, Poco had evolved since their beginnings, culminating in a more pop sounding product that many early fans felt was a sell out (that's how I felt about the Eagles.) Endless numbers of bands have their fan base whose favorite musiic is either the old stuff or the new. Poco's "Legend" falls into that type of debate. They do offer a mere trickle of songs bearing some, albeit a sliver, of resemblence to their previous recordings.Read more ›
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By sacflies on April 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album came along during my "formative" musical listening years, and remains one of my all-time favorites. The album cover is one of my all-time favorites as well. Outstanding from beginning to end, this CD to this day sees a lot of action in my CD changer. The kind of music you never grow tired of. There was a lot of good music recorded during the 70's. This album ranks right up there with the best.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bill Appel on September 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
As with alot of bands then inspired by the Byrds "Sweethearts Of The Rodeo", Poco was one of these original bands that combined rock and country back in the late 60's and did so with more of a vision of creating a newer, different sound than the others at the time by combining roots of bluegrass and delivering vocals and harmonies in a high-pitched intensity matched with their electric on stage and in the studio performances.

With the likes of extremely talented musicians in their history such as Rusty Young, Richie Furay, Jim Messina, Randy Meisner, and Timothy B. Schmit, Poco has put out some of the best music in the country/rock scene ever. However, up to the point of "Legend", their swift electrifying music was virtually unnoticed commercially unless you were a well-rounded country/rock or a devoted Poco fan.

The band went through numerous lineup changes throughout their career. In late 1978 when "Legend" came out, Rusty Young led the band. With similar bands like Firefall, Orleans and Pure Prairie League hitting the airwaves with catchy-hooked hits, Young directed the band to a more radio-friendly, pop orientated focus with bigger production touches.

The result is "Legend", the bands best selling album that resulted in two Top-20 songs, "Crazy Love" and "Heart Of The Night", the upbeat "Barbados", and several beautifully cascading ballads with "The Last Goodbye", "Spellbound", and "Love Comes Love Goes" as absolute standouts. The gritty, thumping title track ends this album as one of their best songs ever.

"Legend" sounds as good today as it did then. Simply timeless.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on September 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album stands as proof that great commercial success does not signify a great album. Poco recorded many far superior albums prior to Legend, but for some reason this one hit the spot for the masses.

Legend was a departure for Poco for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was the loss of bassist Tim Schmit and drummer George Grantham, two of the greatest country-rock vocalists ever. For this reason, the vocal power that was Poco's long-time trademark is missing. It also marked the transformation of founding member Rusty Young from a full-time pedal steel player to his new role as guitarist/vocalist. Finally, the album is driven by the arrival of a rock-oriented rythm section featuring Charlie Harrison on bass and Steve Chapman on drums.

The primary thing that makes this album work are the songs. Rusty Young's had previously emerged as one of the band's primary songwriters and on this album he continues to shine. As Young himself likes to point out, his songs are simple and straightforward and there is great power in that simplicity. Young also steals the show on the few occasions when he does return to the pedal steel, particularly on Cotton's "Boomerang" and "In The Heart of the Night".

Legend stands out as the best of the post-Schmit/Grantham era of Poco. It did bring a lasting reputation and well deserved commercial success to a couple of guys that truly deserved the recognition for many years of great music.
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