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Poco - 1989 Legacy

ALBUM: Legacy
SERIAL: 9694-2-R
YEAR: 1989


LINEUP: Richie Furay - vocals * Jimmy Messina - vocals, bass * Rusty Young - guitars, vocals * Randy Meisner - guitars, vocals * George Grantham - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 When It All Began * 02 Call It Love * 03 The Nature Of Love * 04 What Do People Know * 05 Nothi' To Hide * 06 Look Within * 07 Rough Edges * 08 Who Else * 09 Lovi' You Every Minute * 10 If It Was't For You * 11 Follow Your Dreams


After years on the circuit, playing a country tinged West Coast type sound, and with more lineup changes than the St Louis Cardinals would care to name over the years, Poco attempt to poke their nose into the melodic rock camp, and guess what? They do real well. I admit it. I have a few of their albums in my collection, but only fleetingly has their stuff passed across my turntable (still well used despite being a reject of the digital world). This album 'Legacy' has a few things in it's favour, namely the production camp of David Cole and Richard Marx and some of the friends who helped out, like Lee Sklar, Gary Mallaber, Jeff Porcaro (RIP), C.J Vanston, Joe Chemay and Richard Marx himself. Now the lineup on this album harks bark to Poco's formative years, the late sixties no less. So the boys, sorry.. gentlemen, have reformed and given us a reminder that no matter how old you are, if you've got it, you'll always have it. And so be it, some twenty years on, the Poco brigade is plying a melodic rock road. You could actually say that the material here is a pre-cursor to the stuff we're seeing in the new country arena now. I mean .. Restless Heart, Lonestar, Blackhawk .. all have their leanings with the likes of Poco, The Eagles, Rick Nelson etc. So, lets have a listen..

The Songs
It's melodic to the core, and very well produced, and not as stripped back as many country acts' material. The track 'Call It Love' was a minor hit for them, while 'When It All Bega', 'What Do People Know' and the very ballad friendly 'Who Else' are great lightweight radio oriented tracks. Funnily enough, the most country sounding track on the album is a ballad called 'Nothi' To Hide' written by Richard Marx and Bruce Gaitsch. 'Rough Edges' is an amped up rock '' roller straight out of Memphis, while 'Lovi' You Every Minute' races along in true ZZ Top boogie mode. Some of the best tracks are those which invoke memories of Crosby Stills And Nash vocal harmonies, such as 'Follow Your Dreams' and the Richie Furay led 'If It Was't For You'.

In Summary
Poco as a band have had a wide and varied discography. Choose any of their eighties period recordings and you should't go wrong. This for starters if you're going to go on a back collectors exercise.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on June 23 2008 16:03:16
Poco's first five albums have been reissued in cardboard sleeves packaged inside a box as part of the Sony BMG Original Album Classics series that also includes similar releases from the likes of Cheap Trick, Ted Nugent and Rory Gallagher. They retail in some stores for a mere £14.99.
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