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Poco – Their Masterpiece of Country Prog Rock

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Poco’s second album is an unusual blend of country-rock, with some long, jazzy instrumental breaks that center around Rusty Young’s pedal steel, which doesn’t sound like any pedal steel guitar you’ve ever heard. It’s played with a wah-wah pedal and, if that wasn’t enough, the resulting sound is sent through a Leslie organ speaker.

We know it sounds crazy, but it really works. There is nothing else like it on record, nothing that we’ve ever heard anyway.

Country Prog Rock

Most of side two is taken up by a single track, Nobody’s Fool / El Tonto de Nadie, Regresa. It’s a suite in which the band stretches out instrumentally in a somewhat proggy way, although one could make the case that Bluegrass music is all about “stretching out instrumentally.” (more…)

Poco – Deliverin’

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  • Poco’s superb surprisingly well-recorded live album from 1971 finally makes its Hot Stamper debut here with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout – fairly quiet vinyl too
  • It’s rich and natural, which is something you can’t say for the average Poco album, especially the first two they put, which tend to be bright and edgy
  • 4 1/2 stars: “Poco had originally made their name as a live act, and they’d always been at their best and most easygoing on-stage. The result is this live album of new and old material, featuring Jim Messina’s swan song with the band and some of the tightest playing and best singing in their recorded history. About as perfect an album as they ever made and, not coincidentally, by far the biggest seller the early group ever had.”