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Ultimate Collection

PocoAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (November 17, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B00000FCDD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,992 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pickin' Up The Pieces
2. You Better Think Twice
3. A Good Feelin' To Know
4. Bad Weather
5. Keep On Tryin'
6. Makin' Love
7. Rose Of Cimarron
8. Indian Summer
9. Crazy Love
10. Heart Of The Night
11. Barbados
12. Under The Gun
13. Midnight Rain
14. Widowmaker
15. Sreets Of Paradise
16. Shoot For The Moon
17. Days Gone by
18. Call It Love

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The only comprehensive career retrospective of a band who ranks right with the Eagles and Buffalo Springfield in the country-rock pantheon! Includes You Better Think Twice; Pickin' Up the Pieces; Keep On Tryin'; Rose of Cimarron; Indian Summer; Crazy Love; Call It Love (first time on CD!); A Good Feelin' to Know , and more.

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70 of 77 people found the following review helpful
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Intentionally or not, Poco may well have been the best minor-league team in rock history. Its country-rock was not as critically acclaimed as forebears Buffalo Springfield or contemporaries the Flying Burrito Brothers, Mike Nesmith's National Bands (which it invoked on "Bad Weather") nor as popular as the more prententious Eagles. Poco sipped its success, thwarted by changing personnel (one ex-member replaced another in the Eagles, another became half of Loggins and Messina; a third joined Souther-Hillman-Furay Band) and atop record companies stewarding its career.
Its hit songs and best albums scatter across haphazard collections on major labels, yet Poco remains a popular touring band with integral members (songwriters Paul Cotton and Rusty Young, drummer George Grantham) intact."The Ultimate Collection" makes appreciating Poco easier, gathering its best from 30 years of music previously left on budget sets like "Backtracks" and incomplete boxes like Epic's "Forgotten Trail."
It says much for Poco's vision that, despite changing personnel nearly every track, its trademark harmonies and tight instrumentation remained intact. This is true on hits that should have charted (1972's soaring "Good Feelin' To Know," the sing-a-long "Rose of Cimmaron," 1982's pensive "Shoot For The Moon") and those that did ("Crazy Love" and "Heart Of The Night," from 1978's "Legend,." were soothing exhales after disco-dance exhaustion. The late comedian Phil Hartman designed that best-seller's cover, the closest Poco came to a cohesive national identity.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated L.A. Band May 17, 2003
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Formed from the ashes of the Buffalo Springfield in 1968, Poco was one of the first bands to combine the traditional vocal harmonies and instrumentation of country music with a modern rock and roll approach. But while the band sold a steady amount of records, due to one too many personnel changes in too short a time, they never really got to the superstar level of their successors the Eagles.
Nevertheless, they were a tremendous band of great potential, and ULTIMATE COLLECTION, which spans their career from their 1969 debut PICKIN' UP THE PIECES to 1989's LEGACY, shows why. The early songs spotlight the work of lead guitarists/vocalists Richie Furay and Jim Messina plus the innovative steel playing of Rusty Young. In later years, after Furay and Messina departed, Paul Cotton worked with Young to beef up things and give Poco a more Eagles-like punch. In 1978, that resulted in the band cracking the Top 20 on the singles charts for the first time with the acoustically-inclined "Crazy Love" and the classic "Heart Of The Night", both of which are featured here.
But the album also gives us gems like "Rose Of Cimarron" (later covered by Emmylou Harris), Cotton's very tropical "Barbados", and the chilling "Widowmaker." Concluding with the band's 1989 Top 20 hit "Call It Love", ULTIMATE COLLECTION shows Poco to have been one of rock's most underrated bands ever, especially when it comes to California country-rock. Nashville may have such Poco imitators as Rascal Flatts, Diamond Rio, and Lonestar, but Poco, like the Eagles, is a band whose sound and substance can never be duplicated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Poco CD to get if you can only have one February 2, 2001
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The liner notes confirm that many Poco fans think of this group as shoulda-been superstars of Eagle proportions. They would prefer the first half of this CD, with its light country-rock that does predate the Eagles' early hits by a bit. Personally, I can't deal with the dopey lyrics to "Pickin' Up The Pieces", with the pickin' 'n' grinnin' 'n' the old folks back home. Or "A Good Feelin' To Know", in which the singer comes home when he needs good lovin' (impliedly dissatisfied with what he picks up on the road? Why am I suddenly itchy?).
I first heard of Poco in the late '70's, when it morphed into a soft-rock powerhouse along the lines of the Little River Band and Dr. Hook. Their biggest hit, "Crazy Love", came during this period. It's beautiful, with great harmony and delicate guitar strumming. But my favorite is the followup single, "Heart Of The Night." Breathtaking, and one of the few songs that can calm me down at the end of a bad day. Even though I've never been to New Orleans, and therefore needed a few years to figure out "Pontchartrain." "Under The Gun" and "Widowmaker" change the pace a bit. Rock on. Later songs "Shoot For The Moon" and "Days Gone By" are also pretty, though they were smaller hits. The disc ends with their 1989 RCA hit "Call It Love." I remember it more for the video's megababe sashaying on the railroad tracks than for the song itself. ("I recall the yellow cotton dress...") Surprisingly left off is that song's followup "Nothing To Hide," co-written by Richard Marx. Poco only had four Top 40 hits, and that was the last of them.
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