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Bareback at Big Sky
     

Bareback at Big Sky

by Poco
 
The "bareback" in the title partially alludes to the acoustic/predominantly unplugged nature of this live album. It's also recorded in front of a frequently sedate audience of Poco family and friends. The atmosphere is not surprisingly homey and loose, with terrific harmonies from Paul Cotton and Rusty Young, the only two Poco originals left.

Overview

The "bareback" in the title partially alludes to the acoustic/predominantly unplugged nature of this live album. It's also recorded in front of a frequently sedate audience of Poco family and friends. The atmosphere is not surprisingly homey and loose, with terrific harmonies from Paul Cotton and Rusty Young, the only two Poco originals left. It's a rather odd combination of almost hits, generally from the Legend era, along with some new material and a few from the band's previous indie release, Running Horse. New member bassist Jack Sundrud contributes two selections, but neither is as good as much of the band's earlier work for Epic, none of which is included here. Timothy B. Schmit's lovely and relatively obscure "Find out in Time" gets revived as does Cotton's "Too Many Nights Too Long," originally from the Rose of Cimarron album. New tracks such as Cotton's "Bareback" and Young's "Nothing Less Than Love" and "Save a Corner of Your Heart for Me" are middling love songs that work well enough in this acoustic atmosphere. Rusty Young's distinctive pedal steel, a sound that used to define the band, is frustratingly only dusted off for "Midnight Rain." The band's Buffalo Springfield roots are revisited for a stirring cover of Neil Young's "On the Way Home," a bittersweet set-closer that brings out the best in Poco's legendary vocal harmonies. Still, one wishes for a few more frisky nuggets, or even some hits, to spice up the ballad-heavy show. It's all pleasant, comfy, and predictable with too few moments, such as an unexpectedly rowdy cover of J.J. Cale's "Cajun Moon," where sparks fly. But the sound is crisp, the band sounds inspired, and for old fans there are enough glimpses of Poco's characteristic country/folk-rock to make this a worthwhile purchase.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/23/2012
Label:
Cd Baby
UPC:
0822976000125
catalogNumber:
5637434631
Rank:
83954

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Performance Credits

Poco   Primary Artist
Paul Cotton   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
George Lawrence   Percussion
Rusty Young   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Mandolin,Steel Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Jack Sundrud   Bass Guitar,Vocals
David Goodwin   Harmonica

Technical Credits

J.J. Cale   Composer
Paul Cotton   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Robbin Thompson   Composer
Timothy B. Schmit   Composer
Rusty Young   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jack Sundrud   Composer
Aaron Swihart   Engineer
Wayne Tester   Composer
Chuck Goodwin   Monitor Engineer
David Goodwin   Producer
Chris Kro   Cover Art
Dave Goodwin   Audio Production

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