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Live At Columbia Studios, Hollywood 9/30/71 Limited Edition, Original recording reissued

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On the heels of From The Inside, POCO was in L.A. for a concert series when the brass at Epic Records arranged an invite only gig at the prestigious Columbia Studios for the band's family and friends. This impeccably mastered CD opens with "I Guess You Made It," while Rock and Roll Hall of famer Richie Furay continues the upbeat show with the rocker "A Man Like Me." More favorites are here like "Bad Weather," "C'mon," "Pickin' Up The Pieces" & even Buffalo Sprinfield's "Child's Claim To Fame." Relayer/Friday Music is proud to reintroduce POCO's Live At Columbia Studios,Hollywood 9/30/71.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Guess You Made It
  2. A Man Like Me
  3. Ol' Forgiver
  4. Hear That Music
  5. Hurry Up
  6. You Are The One
  7. Bad Weather
  8. Medley: Hard Luck-Child's Claim To Fame-Pickin' Up The Pieces
  9. Hoe Down
  10. What A Day
  11. Railroad Days
  12. What If I Should Say I Love You
  13. Just For Me And You
  14. C'mon

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 2015)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Original Release Date: September 25, 2015
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Friday Music
  • ASIN: B00C3JU7M2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,491 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Poco's original lineup produced two superb and groundbreaking studio Lp's. Born out of the wreckage of Buffalo Springfield, Richie Furay and Jim Mesina blazed a new trail which came to be known as "country rock". Yes the Byrds were the true pioneers of this new genre, with their criticly acclaimed "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" Lp. Bob Dylan followed with "Nashville Skyline". Soon former Byrd members Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons formed The Flying Burito Brothers and the new sound was in full swing. But Poco took a slightly different approach. Their music was more mainstream country. Songs like "You Better Think Twice" and "Honky Tonk Downstairs" were straight ahead Buck Owens/Bakersfield Sound. Rusty Young's pedel steel licks were so sweet and so hot, that you just could't keep your feet from breaking out into a little toe tapping hoe down.

But soon after the release of their third album Delivein' (recorded live at the Boston Music Hall and NYC's Felt Forum) Jim Messina left the group to produce and record with Kenny Loggins. As his replacement Paul Cotton, formally of the Illinois Speed Press took over on guitar and vocals and the group continued on without missing a beat. This new release of their 1971 Columbia Studios live recording was made shortly after Cotton and new member Timothy Schmidt joined the group. Most of the material (9 of the 16 tracks) were songs recorded by the new lineup from what was then, their recent release "From The Inside". That album contained some of their finest songwriting to date. This live recording captures the raw energy of these new songs almost impecably. Standouts include, "Railroad Days", "C'mon", "Ol' Forgiver", "Just For You & Me", "What A Day" and Richie Furay's beautiful ballard, "What If I Should Say I Love You".
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I'm old enough to experience the British invasion of the mid 60's and still love so many of the groups from The Beatles, The Kinks, Stones, The Who, and The Animals, to name just a few. Also, during that time I got into America's best with the Doors, CCR and The Buffalo Springfied, etc. In 1969 I read an incredible album review about a group called POCO with ex Springfield members Richie Furay and Jim Messina. It was called Pickin' Up The Pieces. After the first listen, I was hooked. Almost like when I heard Sgt. Pepper for the first time and you're reaction is...WOW! WHAT DID I JUST HEAR? So, each album after that was a blessing from the Music God. Live at Columbia Studios is country rock at its finest with some of the best musicians and singers ever assembled. Messina had left, but, was recently replaced by Paul Cotton who was a very welcome addition and proved his greatness throughout the years that followed. He has written some the best songs by any group over his period with Poco and to this day sound as relevant and important as ever. Just listen to BAD WEATHER. As they say, it doesn't get much better than this. And, he goes unnoticed as a suberb guitarist. Richie Furay is still THE MAN. Again, excellent lyrics and one of the best voices in rock history and unmatched energy in each song. I could go on and on. Live at Columbia Studios is a guarenteed musical experience that shows why POCO has such a loyal fan base throughout the country. To Poconuts everywhere..rejoice!!
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The West Coast country-rock band Poco was known early on for their live shows. Their third album, a live set titled Deliverin', was recorded in late-1970 and cracked the Top 30 - something their two previous albums had failed to do. Epic set up a private showcase in Columbia's Hollywood studio, having the band play in an intimate setting for an audience of label employees. With the group's latest studio album, From the Inside, having just hit the streets, this set was a rally for the employees, a warm-up for supporting gigs, and an opportunity to lock down the set and solidify the latest band line-up. By this point, Jim Messina had been replaced by guitarist/singer Paul Cotton, joining another recent addition, Timothy B. Schmit, and founding members Richie Furay and Rusty Young.

Unlike the new material debuted on Deliverin', this hour-long set cherry-picked material from all four of the band's previous albums, with half drawn from their latest studio release. The medley of "Hard Luck," "Child's Claim to Fame," and "Pickin' Up the Pieces" had appeared on their previous live outing, and remains notable for the inclusion of Furray's Buffalo Springfield-era "Child's Claim to Fame." The live arrangements were generally kept concise and tight, though they allowed themselves to jam a bit on "Hurry Up," and the single "C'mon" is stretched to five minutes with a breakdown and guitar solo. They also slow down mid-set for a pair of acoustic tunes, "You Are the One" and "Bad Weather."

Cotton's role as lead guitarist and singer gave this line-up an edgier sound than the founding quintet.
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For old time Poco fans, Live at Columbia Studios is a bit like manna from heaven. Richie Furay, Rusty Young, Tim Schmit, George Grantham and Paul Cotton, arguably the band's strongest lineup (no disrespect to Jim Messina), captured in their prime in 1971. Doesn't get much better than that. And, really, what were the odds that this recording would ever see the light of day some 40 years down the road? Almost zero. To whomever was responsible for this release: thank you and, please, keep looking for more.

Live catches the band still working through the transition from Jim Messina's country-rock guitar stylings to Paul Cotton's chunkier, fuzz-toned sound. The Cotton influence is particularly evident on rockers such as "Railroad Days" and on expanded versions of "A Man Like Me" and "C'mon," which appeared on DeLIVErin', released earlier in 1971. The performance also introduces six tunes from Poco's new album, From the Inside. Following on the heels of the dynamic Poco and DeLIVErin' albums, From the Inside was panned by many critics (and some fans) as a step backward for the band. But, on Live at Columbia Studios, a number of these tunes, particularly "Bad Weather," "Just for Me and You," and the aforementioned "Railroad Days" fit well with the band's established tunes, displaying Poco's signature strengths - rich vocal harmonies, and crack acoustic and electric guitar work, embellished with tasty steel and dobro fills from Rusty Young, master of all instruments stringed. The CD also offers solid versions of "Hurry Up" and "What a Day", both staples of Poco's early live shows and each omitted from DeLIVErin'. Another highlight is the "Hard Luck/Child's Claim/Pickin' Up the Pieces" medley that is similar to the version on DeLIVErin', but is enhanced by the live-in-the-studio setting.
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