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Poco - Poco


May 30th, 2008

I never got into Poco. Which is very, very strange, as on paper they are a perfect group for me. I’m a huge fan of Buffalo Springfield, The Eagles, The Flying Burrito Brothers, CSNY, The Byrds, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons… well, you get the picture. I really l like the two Souther, Hillman, Furay albums released in the mid 70s. But, Poco, they just never did it for me. I tried. I picked up an album now and then, gave it some listens, nothing. I bought a double CD best of package titled The Forgotten Trail (1969-74) when it was issued on CD in 1990. I figured, OK, here’s two discs of nothing but the best stuff, this should get me going. Nothing.

I recently read an excellent book titled Desperados: The Roots Of Country Rock by John Einarson. A really good read, outlining the birth of “country rock” and the LA scene in the mid to late 60s and early 70s. Poco was certainly a very integral part of that whole scene and they are covered in some depth in the book. So, I figured what the hell, let me pick up a few albums and see if I can finally get into them. Amazon had most of their early CDs for $7 or $8 so I ordered some. First I listened to Pickin’ Up The Pieces, their debut album. There’s some stuff on there that I like, but still, it’s not an album I see myself coming back to very often. So, now I’m listening to this, the 1970 self-titled follow up. Nope, it just doesn’t do anything for me. Sad but true.

For whatever reason, this “branch” of the early country rock tree seems to leave me flat. I never listened to any Loggins & Messina or solo Richie Furay either. Something about these two guys misses the mark with me. I’ve got two or three more CDs that I still plan to give a couple of good listens to, maybe something will stand out on those.


2 Responses

  1. billbolivia says:

    Steve, your article on Poco is left as: you want to and should like them more but never have been able to, but you will keep trying. It never gets to clearing up why it is not working.

    In Country Rock, Poco never gets to either powerful lyrics (Gram Parsons) or power in their music (Allman Brothers). One or the other would do it and both is best (Neil Young). Poco´s songs are nice to listen to and some are damn catchy, country pop, but that doesn´t bring you back often and never will.

    I like Poco, fun to listen to, and will keep listening to Poco, un poco.

  2. Steve says:

    Bill: Yes, you’re probably pretty close to the truth. But, there’s more to it than just that. There are plenty of “country pop” artists that I like even though the music and/or lyrics don’t have much depth (Eddie Rabbitt is a perfect example). In the case of Poco it just seems to be one of those intangible things, like trying to figure out why you like raspberries but not blueberries. Something about Poco just doesn’t connect with me. And, as you say, probably never will.

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