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Poco

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Second LP from the country-rock group founded by Richie Furay and Jim Messina (with future Eagles Randy Meisner and Timothy B. Schmit in the mix)! Includes You Better Think Twice; Hurry Up; Don't Let It Pass By; Nobody's Fool , and 4 more.
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  • Audio CD (March 20, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000024VY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,818 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Too country for rock and too rock for country." Probably the most common criticism of a band that, for all it's greatness, never quite decided what it wanted to be. For this listener's money, "Poco", the band's eponymous second effort affectionately refered to as "The Orange Blossom" album back in the day, is hands down the group's best record. From the opening Richie Furay vocal on "Hurry Up" to the closing cymbal flourish by George Grantham on "El Tanto De Nadie Regresa", this album shimmers with the promise of its inviting cover art- an american pastoral of snow-capped mountains, green fields and sunshine. The hope of a new decade that, well, didn't quite live up to youthful expectations. But, back to the music. For those of you who like your country rock with the emphasis on ROCK, with blues and jazz phrasings that truly swing tossed into the mix, this album delivers (no pun intended as to its successor) like none other by the band and like few other bands. "Hurry Up" is an immediate departure from the tight, pleasant country rock of "Pickin'Up the Pieces", featuring deeper contemplation of loves many sides by Richie, and an extended, funky break fueled by Jim Messina's guitar, the tune culminating in a classic Poco 5-part vocal harmony. "You Better Think Twice" follows, an up-tempo country-rocker sung by Jimmy, which became the band's first big radio song. Good effort, but frankly, the all-accoustic version on "Deliverin'" is more memorable and captures all the joys of upbeat Poco in 4-plus minutes.Read more ›
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This was the first Poco album I ever bought. I got it when it first came out in 1970 and "You Better Think Twice" was getting frequent radio play. Even though the single peaked at only No. 72, I was hooked. I bought every Poco album that came out for the next twenty years. However, Poco's finest hour was with Jim Messina and Richie Furay on board.
On this, their sophomore effort, the band rocks out harder than on their debut, especially on the opening track "Hurry Up." Furay wrote or co-wrote all of the songs except for "Honky Tonk Downstairs," a song that showed that the band hadn't completely abandoned its country leanings. All of the band's trademarks are here: tight harmony singing, soulful vocals, Messina's economic lead guitar work, and Rusty Young's pedal steel as organ.
This is the only studio album that this configuration of the band released and it's one of the strongest albums of their career. Even the 15-minute-plus instrumental "El Tonto de Nadie, Regresa" is an amazing example of the band's instrumental prowess. [Unlike many of the mindless jams found on other albums of that era.] I have on vinyl every album Poco ever released; this is one of a handful that I upgraded to CD. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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I bought the cassette of this when it was first released and instantly fell in love with it--and what's not to love? The band was more cohesive and more adventuresome (pushing the rock and roll and jazz elements) on this sophomore effort than on the debut (with the addition of Tim Schmit on bass). And though the "live" album which followed was an electric experience (Poco was always known for their legendary dazzling concerts), it was not the revelation that this eponymous release was. Country rock had never witnessed such a fusion of country, western, rock, and jazz--and never would again. The Messina/Furay axis had created something totally unique. This was Poco at their apex. It would all come unglued after this, and they would never be quite the same, but this definitely was their zenith.

Messina's production and arrangements were beyond superb. Furay's melodies and voice were breathtakingly pristine. Young's steel guitar (amped through a Leslie organ revolving speaker) was revelatory! The rhythm section of Grantham and Schmit were meticulous. The song writing was flawless--is there a better Poco song than "You Better Think Twice?" The instumentals were deliciously innovative and perfectly played. And those trademark heavenly harmonies! There was not a misstep on this project. It all came together for one recording.

This is the one to get!

P.S. You have got to love that fruit crate art on the cover!
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My brother owns this record and nearly wore the grooves off it (see my Better Days review).
It's the best Poco record, period. "Hurry Up" is in my Top 10 of great songs no one ever hears on the radio. "You Better Think Twice" I used to play on the radio when I was a DJ. It was made for the Top 10 but never got there. Sad.
Pound for pound this record has guts. Tight harmonies, outstanding production value, solid arrangements, it's all good. If you wish to introduce yourself to Poco, buy this record then buy their first. Listen to how they changed between the two albums. Both fine in their own respects but two very different records.
I've enjoyed this album all my life. It's high time you enjoyed it too!
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