Poco was a country rock band whose fans agree that it remained underrated throughout its existence. Maybe it was the constant change in the lineup, or the competition was high from rivals like the Eagles. Whatever the reason, the band continued to release songs, but only a few were successful. Still, that’s not to say the band Poco’s songs were badly written. Instead, they released melodic songs that remain favorites among rock-country fans. These are some of their best songs if you’ve never had a chance to try the band’s music.
Poco covered the song “Magnolia” by JJ Cale, a musician whose songwriting skills were the envy of many. When Eric Clapton was asked which musician he most admired, he didn’t hesitate to mention Cale. Therefore, it is not surprising that, in addition to “Magnolia”, other songs by Cale were also performed by other singers. In this song, Magnolia refers to the name of the love interest which Cale comments that he is driving him crazy, especially since they are so far apart.
9. You better think twice
According to Medium, Jim Messina wrote “You Better Think Twice” when he teamed up with Buffalo Springfield and Richie Furay to form Poco. The song became his signature tune and although Messina left the band in 1970 to focus on being a record producer, this song remained a favorite of Poco’s. So it’s not a surprise that when the band released their 22nd studio album “Keeping the Legend Alive” in 2004, “You Better Think Twice” made it onto the track chart as the ninth song.
8. Indian Summer
There is something about the seasons and the solar system that inspires musicians to create unforgettable lyrics. Don Williams sang about a yellow moon, Westlife said their love was written in the stars, while Boyz II Men talked about the four seasons. Poco was inspired by a specific season, summer, which brought a promise of love that would never grow cold. They also compared love to a full moon so strong it hypnotized them.
7. Bad weather
In 1971, Poco released his third album “From the Inside”, the first of which featured Cotton. According to the Chicago Reader, Cotton revealed that he helped the band strike a balance between rock and country music. Among the songs on the album “From the Inside” is “Bad Weather”. When Poco performed at a whiskey club in Los Angeles, one of the people in the audience was Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix was so enthralled by the performance that he couldn’t help but push Cotton aside to congratulate him. Hendrix was mesmerized and advised Cotton to never stop writing such beautiful songs.
6. A good feeling to know
In 1972, Poco released his fourth studio album, “A Good Feelin’ to Know”, and the seventh song shared the title. Although it was their fourth attempt to cement their names in the Hall of Fame, their efforts were not well rewarded. It’s not that they lacked talent as even the lyrics were well thought out, but maybe they were just unlucky. The song is still quite popular with fans of the band Poco, but the album’s commercial failure got Furay a foot out the door.
5. Just for you and me
If you’ve ever been head over heels in love, then this is a song you can relate to on a personal level. Poco sings about not needing any other love because the heart of the person in the narrative clings to a woman. Even though they are far away, her heart keeps singing this beautiful song to keep the love burning. Furay is credited with composing the song that was included on the album “From the Inside (Expanded Edition)”.
4. Crazy love
For a song that took only thirty minutes to write, “Crazy Love” is a smash hit. Young was at his house one day when the choir approached him, so he picked up his guitar and wrote the song. He referred to it as a gift, and indeed it was, as it was the first of Poco’s songs to hit the Top 40. The song reminiscing about lost love and the inability to move on helped Rusty Young gain confidence. in its composition. skills since before the band went on hiatus, he was just the instrumentalist.
3. Maroon Rose
Young wrote “Rose of Cimarron” in the early 1970s, taking inspiration from a brochure that read “Visit the Rose of Cimarron home.” To the creative mind, the words sounded like letters worth paying attention to, so he wrote a song around them. Even though the song is over four decades old, Young still redid it for his 2017 debut solo album. He added some lyrics so he could include a woman, Chelsea Williams, in the new version.
2. Call it love
Young believed that the “Legacy” album was one of the most ignored records they had released. He explained to Riveting Riffs that it was such a special album since after the original members went their separate ways, they still came together to record this album. One of the songs that Young was so proud of is “Call It Love” because all the members could be heard. Young said the record was historic, and it’s no wonder it went gold.
1. Heart of the night
According to The New York Times, when Poco went on hiatus, Cotton and Young was still carrying the band’s torch. They recorded songs as the Cotton-Young band, but still credited them as Poco’s. One of the songs Cotton wrote during this break was “Heart of the Night”, which became an international hit.
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