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Rose of Cimarron (Reis)
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
The final album from the Poco lineup featuring Rusty Young, Paul Cotton and Timothy B. Schmidt (just before his departure for greener pastures with The Eagles). The set is regarded by many aficionados as one of the best a... more »
The final album from the Poco lineup featuring Rusty Young, Paul Cotton and Timothy B. Schmidt (just before his departure for greener pastures with The Eagles). The set is regarded by many aficionados as one of the best albums of the "Southern California sound". The title track would be borrowed by Country Queen Emmylou Harris in 1981 for the title of her own "Cimarron" album.
Elizabeth A. Freniere | Arizona | 07/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"New Englanders know that "wicked good" is the highest compliment that I could pay this record. Where to begin? How about in order:
"Rose of Cimarron"--An epic piece penned by Rusty Young that sounds very spiritual, like the band is praising God. It evokes mental images of wild horses running through the Nevada desert, or a desert monsoon. Some listeners may find the orchestral instruments and climactic, soaring ending to be overdone, but you decide for yourself.
"Stealaway"--Good "typical" Poco country-rock, not the most notable track, but agreeable.
"Just Like Me"--One of two songs that don't measure up to the rest of the album, but it's agreeably easy-listening, straightforward soft rock without any extra embellishment.
"Company's Comin'/Slow Poke"--Another of Rusty Young's great hand-clapping, foot-stomping hoedowns, complete with "yee-haw"s in the vocals. This one features him not only on multiple country instruments but on twangy vocals as well, a real delight. The band is augmented by an additional banjo player, a fiddler, and even a washboard player and they go into all-out bluegrass jamming with the key change that signals the beginning of "Slow Poke".
"Too Many Nights Too Long"--A beautiful song by Paul Cotton! He plays the Spanish guitar and Young plays mandolin, and the other notable instrument is Al Garth's violin. It sounds like a Spanish or Latin-influenced country-rock song, or something, but however you want to describe it, it really works. When Timothy B. Schmit croons in Spanish, the ladies are sure to go ga-ga.
"When You Come Around"--Great straight-up country song that sounds like it should be ruling the charts right now. Pedal steel guitar + fiddle = foolproof combination. And I thought Paul Cotton's background was in rock! (This is another of his compositions.)
"Starin' At the Sky"--This is the only one that makes me want to cringe. I mean, it features a saxophone and electric piano, for goodness' sake. Not one of Schmit's masterpieces.
"All Alone Together"--More Paul Cotton pedal steel-and-fiddle country, so good stuff.
"Tulsa Turnaround"--Fun country-rock dance number by Paul Cotton featuring Young's dobro skill unadulterated.
When I bought this record, I was skeptical about its quality. The Poco of 1976 was a different animal from the original band and I didn't think the record would stack up, but it blatantly exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend it, especially if you like country music. Good stuff!"
Open Channel D | Aiea, Oahu, Hawaii | 02/08/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"If this was supposed to be a high quality version of the original release, it falls far short. Love Poco, but there is nothing on this pressing that is remarkable from a sound quality standpoint. Played on a high end system, it sounds like a cassette dub from a Sears combo system from the 80's. Save yer' money and pray it's re-released on an LP.