A Stepping Stone To Modern Country
When Neil Young and Stephen Stills decided to call it quits and leave Buffalo Springfield all was not lost. From the ashes arose not only CSN and CSN&Y but also Poco, one of the first and most accomplished practioners of what would become known as Country-Rock.
Pickin' Up the Pieces, released in 1969, is Poco's debut album.
From Buffalo Springfield came the talented duo of Jim Messina and Richie Furay. The other original members were steel guitarist Rusty Young (whose playing is a standout feature of this recording), singer-drummer George Grantham and bass player-singer Randy Meisner. A rift developed between Meisner and the band during the completion of the album and his bass parts and backing vocals were left in the mix, but his lead vocals were erased and sung by Grantham leaving the remaining members as a quartet.
Furay and Messina literally picked-up the pieces of their former band and created a landmark in the history of music for prior to Pickin' Up the Pieces others had ventured into similar territory, but nobody had ever really created a full-length album of rock music infused with the elements of country music.
More than any other Poco album, Furay took center stage as the #1 songwriter, contributing to almost all of the tunes. The classic title track is an anthem for the virtues of country-rock, with the kind of sweet harmonizing and tight interplay between the guitars, "Just In Case It Happens, Yes Indeed," "Grand Junction" and "Consequently, So Long" are all Poco classics.