Forgotten Trail (1969-1974)

The Forgotten Trail (1969-1974)

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by Poco
     
 

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This excellent two-disc collection captures Poco's finest moments from the days when they were laying down the template for all the country-rock music that was to follow. It's hard to remember, but when the Eagles first hit the scene, they were thought by many to be a Poco-wannabe band. Listen to this set and you'll

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This excellent two-disc collection captures Poco's finest moments from the days when they were laying down the template for all the country-rock music that was to follow. It's hard to remember, but when the Eagles first hit the scene, they were thought by many to be a Poco-wannabe band. Listen to this set and you'll hear why. The Forgotten Trail (1969-1974) culls tracks from Poco's first eight albums, as well as unreleased cuts and singles. From the classic anthem "Pickin' Up the Pieces," which kicks things off, through "You Better Think Twice," "C'mon," "Kind Woman," "From the Inside," "A Good Feelin' to Know," "Crazy Eyes," and on and on, this is wonderful music, ahead of its time in many ways. If Poco had arrived on the scene in the early '90s, they would have been kings of the country charts. Of course, without Poco, country music wouldn't have taken on the rock trappings that it did in the '80s and '90s. As it was, the band was considered too country for the Top 40 rock format of the time, and too rock & roll for country radio. This set is the place to start for an appreciation of the original Poco, when the group was considered to be Richie Furay's band. All the ingredients are here that made their music so delightful: the trademark high-vocal harmonies; Rusty Young's pedal steel guitar wizardry; Furay's patented juxtapositions of sad lyrics against bouncy, harmony-filled tunes; and their spirit of optimism and good feelings even in the face of hard luck and bad weather. The 36-page booklet does a fine job of telling the story in print, and the 38 songs speak volumes about the band's place and influence. Thanks to this compilation, Poco's trailblazing days need be forgotten no longer.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/1990
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074644616224
catalogNumber:
46162
Rank:
74061

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Pickin' up the Pieces
  2. Grand Junction
  3. Consequently, So Long
  4. First Love
  5. Calico Lady
  6. My Kind of Love
  7. Hard Luck
  8. Last Call (Cold Enchilada #3)
  9. Honky Tonk Downstairs
  10. Hurry Up
  11. You Better Think Twice
  12. Anyway Bye Bye
  13. I Guess You Made It
  14. C'mon
  15. Hear That Music
  16. Kind Woman
  17. Just for Me and You
  18. Bad Weather
  19. You Better Think Twice
  20. Lullaby in September

Disc 2

  1. You Are the One
  2. From the Inside
  3. A Good Feelin' to Know
  4. I Can See Everything
  5. And Settlin' Down
  6. Blue Water
  7. Fools Gold
  8. Nothin's Still the Same
  9. Skunk Creek
  10. Here We Go Again
  11. Crazy Eyes
  12. Get in the Wind
  13. Believe Me
  14. Rocky Mountain Breakdown
  15. Faith in the Families
  16. Western Waterloo
  17. Whatever Happened to Your Smile
  18. Sagebrush Serenade

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Poco   Primary Artist
Chris Hillman   Mandolin
Paul Cotton   Guitar,Vocals
Randy Meisner   Bass,Vocals
Jim Messina   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Richie Furay   Guitar,Vocals
Billy Graham   Fiddle
George Grantham   Drums,Vocals
Paul Harris   Piano
Joe Lala   Percussion
Timothy B. Schmit   Bass,Vocals
Rusty Young   Banjo,Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Paul Cotton   Composer
Steve Cropper   Producer
Jim Messina   Composer,Producer
Poco   Composer,Producer
Richie Furay   Composer
Jim Mason   Producer
Jack Richardson   Producer
Timothy B. Schmit   Composer
Rusty Young   Composer
Vic Anesini   Remixing
Carol Chen   Art Direction
William Ruhlmann   Liner Notes
Bart Forbes   Artwork
Skip Goodwin   Composer

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The Forgotten Trail (1969-1974) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard of Poco only through reading about CSN&Y - in reality, the former is really a countrified version of the latter. The harmonies are exsquisite, and the playing is superb, especially the steel and slide guitars. This collection, while long, is priceless to any folk- or country-rock fan. Of course, there's the pop-rock side to the band, and even occasionally some blues mixed in there as well. It's a wonderful bargain ($17 here, only $20 in-store for 38 songs). Actually, I tend to enjoy the live tracks even more than the studio ones, especially ''Hear That Music'' and ''C'Mon''. There are also a few instrumentals, which are really catchy. Of course, being a mini-boxed set, this has unreleased songs, alternate studio or live versions, and an extra acoustic version of ''You Better Think Twice''. Therefore, even if you already own some Poco (and especially if you don't), this album is still a wonderful addition to any music collection. By the way, this runs rings around early Eagles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago