The Essential Collection [1975-1982]
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This is a wonderful way to hear the band's best numbers, especially if you're totally new to them, as I was, until about 6 weeks ago. Not only that, but you may just find it the ultimate in feel good music.
It makes you want to put the hood down on your car and step on the gas.
Oh, and I defy you not to love Rose of Cimarron. Glorious stuff.
This compilation also sums up Poco's problems. The first 4 tracks (from Head Over Heels) have been taken from a damaged tape; the LH channel is partially erased and the RH one has magnetic noise all over it, because the tape has been played on a poorly maintained, non-demagged machine.
So the dubbing engineer was a) not listening or b) CBA'd to find an alternative copy master and c) the record company released it anyway. Couldn't give a toss!
On the other hand, I now know how much I liked this stuff and will set about buying the proper CDs.
'Keep on tryin', 'Stealaway', 'Legend', 'Midnight rain', 'Under the gun' and especially 'Indian summer' are great songs that have stood the test of time well and still feature in Poco's live sets - atleast up to Paul's departure in 2010. Given the very cheap price this is now selling at, it's an absolute steal. In fact I'm going to buy a few copies for those of my friends who haven't yet discovered Poco.
Poco's early music featured a prominent steel guitar, and while I love the sound of a steel guitar, a lot of people don't and this may have been part of their problem. The steel guitar had gone by the time Poco joined ABC, so you won't hear it on these tracks, which owe more to rock music and less to country music. That said, even these tracks sound more country than you'll hear on contemporary country music stations across America, but that's a whole other issue.
The tracks here are taken from seven albums, these being Head over heels (Keep on tryin', Making love, Lovin' arms, Flying solo), Rose of Cimarron (Rose of Cimarron, Too many nights too long, Tulsa turnaround, Stealaway), Indian summer (Indian summer, Livin' in the band, Me and you), Legend (Crazy love, Heart of the night, Legend), Under the gun (Midnight rain, Under the gun), Blue and grey (Widowmaker, Sometimes) and Cowboys and Englishmen (Price of love, Ashes, Feudin'). Of these tracks, the most recognizable are Rose of Cimarron (later covered by Emmylou Harris), Price of love (Poco's cover of an Everly Brothers song) and the two major American hits from the Legend album, Crazy love and Heart of the night.Read more ›
Peter Phillips, Cape Town, South Africa.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cracking album these guys were a good as the Eagles but never got the same adulation but if your into country rock take a trip with PocoPublished 2 months ago by David Mee
Really bought this to have Rose of Cimaron track. On this disc it's not the extended version' just the original, but disc shows progress of band and changes of line-up were simply... Read morePublished 6 months ago by 2tappets
The album is a little weak with three of four good tunes but worth a listen for Eagles fans.Published 7 months ago by D. Gibson
Great album. What the 70s west coast was all about. If you lie the Eagles style you will love this album.Published 7 months ago by Mrs Linda J Elliott