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Pickin' Up the Pieces [Super Audio]
     

Pickin' Up the Pieces [Super Audio]

by Poco
 

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Poco dealt with a lot during the recording of their debut album -- the sudden departure of bassist Randy Meisner, the frustration of working with an engineer who didn't quite get what they were trying for, and a lot of pressure to deliver a solid collection of country-rock songs -- and came up with this startlingly great record, as accomplished

Overview

Poco dealt with a lot during the recording of their debut album -- the sudden departure of bassist Randy Meisner, the frustration of working with an engineer who didn't quite get what they were trying for, and a lot of pressure to deliver a solid collection of country-rock songs -- and came up with this startlingly great record, as accomplished as any of Buffalo Springfield's releases, and also reminiscent of the Beatles and the Byrds. Pickin' Up the Pieces is all the more amazing when one considers that Jim Messina and George Grantham were both covering for the departed Meisner in hastily learned capacities on bass and vocals, respectively. The title track is practically an anthem for the virtues of country-rock, with the kind of sweet harmonizing and tight interplay between the guitars that the Byrds, the Burritos, and others had to work awhile to achieve. The mix of good-time songs ("Consequently So Long," "Calico Lady"), fast-paced instrumentals ("Grand Junction"), and overall rosy feelings makes this a great introduction to the band, as well as a landmark in country-rock only slightly less important (but arguably more enjoyable than) Sweetheart of the Rodeo. [A Super Audio version was released in 2013.]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2013
Label:
Audio Fidelity
UPC:
0780014215828
catalogNumber:
158
Rank:
91127

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Poco   Primary Artist
Randy Meisner   Bass,Vocals
Jim Messina   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Soloist
Richie Furay   Vocals
George   Vocals
Rusty Young   Organ,Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Soloist,Distortion
Denver George   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jim Messina   Composer,Producer
Richie Furay   Composer
Nick DeCaro   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Rusty Young   Composer
Terry Donovan   Engineer
Bob Wynne   Graphic Design
Skip Goodwin   Composer
Kathy Johnson   Composer
Ken Easton   Horn Arrangements
Drew Struzen   Cover Illustration

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