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Rose of Cimarron [Import]

Poco Audio CD

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PEAK OF POCO 12 Oct 2004
By Philip S. Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Having heard every Poco album out there {I have heard them, but alas, I do not own all of them yet.} I can rate: " Rose of Cimarron " as the BEST POCO ALBUM. This is the last of the Paul Cotton, Rusty Young, Timothy B. Schmidt, line-up before Timothy jumped off this horse for big bucks and big fame with another band called The Eagles.

This CD starts off with the title track which is one of the best songs they ever produced {and still do in concert.} "Rose of Cimarron" could have been a hit but, the top-forty fortunes would not shine on Poco until: "Heart of the Night" broke the band, to a masses a few years after; "Rose."

Next up is: "Stealaway" and it's almost as good as "Rose".
Solid pickin' and fantastic harmonies flow through this music like nobody's business. Track three on this disc: "Just Like Me" is my favorite Poco track of all time. Timothy, saved his best tune for his last days with the band. Once you hear this one, you will have a hard time gettin' it outta your head. Fantastic tune...nuff' said.

There is no-filler on this disk, just straight up country rock from the masters. Play a Eagles track then cue up any track from this CD, and I think you'll agree of how good this band is.
A MUST HAVE CD
FIVE STARS!!!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Album 8 Jan 2006
By Rock Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This POCO album is one that just cannot be overlooked- despite its low sales. This is the best album of theirs, Furay-era or Post-Furay-era. I don't know where to begin with it (though I guess the first track would be a logical start)!
1.)Rose of Cimarron- Rusty Young shines. Period. The song is so well-written. It is amazing to see Rusty's evolution as a writer. Don't forget, Rusty wrote Grand Junction- the instrumental piece in the medley in DeLIVErin'. That was good- and this is a thousand times better. He not only shines as a writer- but also as a performer. He plays a countless number of instruments on this song- from his classic pedal steel to dobro! Furthermore, he doesn't just play these instruments; he is wildly talented on each and every one of them. The song also has a a spectacular ending, consisting of a piano, strings, and a harmonica backing up a furious solo on the electic guitar played by Rusty. As I said- Rusty shines.
2.)Stealaway- fine song, also written by Rusty. Again, he also plays a variety of instruments. The song is clearly not as good the title track (not to take away from this song- one must remember that the title track is flawless and nearly unbeatable), but still solid. Well-written.
3.)Just Like Me- I have read so many reviews on Timmy's songs- and it seems that whichever song the review is critiquing, it is always "the best song Timothy Schmit's ever written." There is only one best song by Timmy, and it's this one. There is not much more I can say. Personally, I love the track.
4.)Company's Comin'- Again, a great song by Rusty. On this song the entire quartet sings, even Rusty himself. Much energy. This song may be the closest on the album to pure country and less rock inspiration.
5.)Slow Poke- This is the instrumental ending to Company's Comin' but is a separate track that is nearly as long. Also written by Rusty. This is the most lively of all of the songs. There is so much energy, and all of the musicians are in sinc with one another. The musicianship by everbody is just awesome. It is so entertaining to listen to. It must be stunning to watch live- and I can see POCO having so much fun playing it live. This song shows that POCO really is not in it just for the money. They have lots of fun doing what they do, regardless of the pay. Music today should be more like that- I think.
6.)Too Many Nights Too Long- This is the beginning of Cotton's half. Rusty wrote all of the songs on the first half (except for Timmy's one song), and Paul does the same on this half (except for one that Timmy wrote for this half). This song is really good. Paul now takes Rusty's place and plays multiple instruments- a variety of different guitars, including a Spanish guitar. Any POCO fan can tell that this is a POCO song without knowing so to begin with, but it still ventures into new territory (Spanish-like sound) all the same. I can't explain with words how this works- you have to hear the song to understand.
7.)P.N.S. (When you Come Around)- I personally don't know what "P.N.S." stands for- but that's okay. Another great song. Al Garth, the fiddle/sax player that played with Loggins and Messina that joined POCO for a very short time when this album was being made, shines on this one as a fiddle player.
8.)Starin' at the Sky- Timmy Schmit wrote it with another guy. Garth, mentioned in the last song, is featured as a sax player. Saxophone? POCO? I know they don't sound good together- but it works like a charm. The song itself is fabulous, except I can't listen to it too much. I can listen to the rest of the album over and over again, but this song gets tiring. The song is good when played in moderation.
9.)All Alone Together- Another great Cotton song. This one may have the best lyrics of all of the songs. They really work with the music they are played to. Great job.
10.)Tulsa Turnaround- Why, Paul, why? The album was going extremely well until this one. I'm gonna be honest- this song is bad. I don't get the meaning of the song, I don't get the point of adding this song, and frankly it's just a bad ending to a fine album. The words make no sense, and the music is decent- even mediocre compared to the rest of the album. It's very heavy on the bass. I was thinking that a great ending to the album would be a reprise to Slow Poke. The energy from that song would close the album so well. Anyway- don't let this track turn you off. The quality of the album is barely effected by this song- take my word.
This album is POCO's absolute best, end of story. If you are a POCO fan- or even if you're alright with POCO's music- and do not have this album, you must get it. There is no reason not to.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wicked good 18 July 2006
By Elizabeth A. Freniere - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
New Englanders know that "wicked good" is the highest compliment that I could pay this record. Where to begin? How about in order:

"Rose of Cimarron"--An epic piece penned by Rusty Young that sounds very spiritual, like the band is praising God. It evokes mental images of wild horses running through the Nevada desert, or a desert monsoon. Some listeners may find the orchestral instruments and climactic, soaring ending to be overdone, but you decide for yourself.

"Stealaway"--Good "typical" Poco country-rock, not the most notable track, but agreeable.

"Just Like Me"--One of two songs that don't measure up to the rest of the album, but it's agreeably easy-listening, straightforward soft rock without any extra embellishment.

"Company's Comin'/Slow Poke"--Another of Rusty Young's great hand-clapping, foot-stomping hoedowns, complete with "yee-haw"s in the vocals. This one features him not only on multiple country instruments but on twangy vocals as well, a real delight. The band is augmented by an additional banjo player, a fiddler, and even a washboard player and they go into all-out bluegrass jamming with the key change that signals the beginning of "Slow Poke".

"Too Many Nights Too Long"--A beautiful song by Paul Cotton! He plays the Spanish guitar and Young plays mandolin, and the other notable instrument is Al Garth's violin. It sounds like a Spanish or Latin-influenced country-rock song, or something, but however you want to describe it, it really works. When Timothy B. Schmit croons in Spanish, the ladies are sure to go ga-ga.

"When You Come Around"--Great straight-up country song that sounds like it should be ruling the charts right now. Pedal steel guitar + fiddle = foolproof combination. And I thought Paul Cotton's background was in rock! (This is another of his compositions.)

"Starin' At the Sky"--This is the only one that makes me want to cringe. I mean, it features a saxophone and electric piano, for goodness' sake. Not one of Schmit's masterpieces.

"All Alone Together"--More Paul Cotton pedal steel-and-fiddle country, so good stuff.

"Tulsa Turnaround"--Fun country-rock dance number by Paul Cotton featuring Young's dobro skill unadulterated.

When I bought this record, I was skeptical about its quality. The Poco of 1976 was a different animal from the original band and I didn't think the record would stack up, but it blatantly exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend it, especially if you like country music. Good stuff!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highlight of Poco's "Middle Ages" 16 Oct 2005
By Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This may be one of the best Poco albums produced after the departure of founder Richie Furay. Rusty Young's songwriting had really come along by this point, and his title track is one of the definitive country-rock songs. Tim Schmit's "Starin' at the Sky" should have been a #1 single and the album showcases his vocal abilities throughout. Paul Cotten's "Too Many Nights Too Long" is another classic. One novelty about this album is the appearance of former Loggins & Messina sideman Al Garth in sax and violin. Garth was a member of Poco for a very short time and his presence gave this album a dimension that is unique among the Poco library.

Rose of Cimarron stands as one of the best works created during the middle period of Poco's career - after the departure of Furay but before the loss of Schmit. This album really showcases the band as the tight unit that they were with unique contributions from each member. If you want to get into Poco, this is a great place to start.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sadly Overlooked 5 April 2005
By Richard D. Hodgson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Rose Of Cimarron" is pretty much tied for 1st Place (with "Indian Summer") as my favorite Poco album. In all honesty, I haven't heard this Japanese release, but I do own both an original vinyl LP and a copy of the now out of print CD reissue on the One Way Records label. I personally pretty much refuse to buy any Japanese import CD unless it's absolutely necessary, because I feel that they are obscenely overpriced. In this case, unless you can find one of the very rare One Way releases in the used bins (or a used LP), you have little choice. But this is one case where even the pricey Japanese release would definitely be worth it. This is simply one of the finest albums Poco ever released. Amazingly, I read that it was also Poco's poorest selling release ever. That's pretty hard for me to believe, because this album is outstanding. No real Poco fan should be without it. If it sold poorly, it was surely the victim of poor promotion (or, as has been suggested elsewhere, poor timing), because it certainly can't be blamed on the quality of the music.

The style is classic mid-seventies Poco. In fact, if you are familiar with "Indian Summer", it's really pretty similar in style and feel. If not, think of "Legend" with a little less rock and a little more country. In fact, part of the problem may have been that it was a little too country for those who preferred their Poco with a little more edge. But there's still enough rock to satisfy most fans, the musicianship is top-notch and the songs are great. Heck, it's worth it for the title cut alone. And the storytelling "Too Many Nights Too Long" always puts me right there in the desert-- a man on the run (or is he sitting in a jail cell, dreaming that he's on the run?) who "can never stay here too many nights, too long". "Stealaway" is a great country-rocker, and another favorite. And if the county pickin' "Company's Comin'/Slow Poke" doesn't get yer blood pumpin' and yer foot tappin' then you must be dead. I could go on and on, but hey, you need to hear it for yourself.

I still can't believe that both this album and "Indian Summer" are out of print in the US. Fortunately, there is a British import available of Indian Summer at a much more reasonable price, and all of their fine early albums (for Epic Records) are still available domestically. Sadly, no such alternative exists for "Rose Of Cimarron". But even at this premium price, if you can't find it any other way, take my advice and spring for this one! There is not a bad song in the bunch, and many of them rank among this band's finest. Very, very highly recommended!
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