Poco is always worth a listen....
Garry Daniel | Knoxville, TN United States | 04/26/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was the first album Poco did for Atlantic and it was not bad at all. This was the same line up that started Poco's commercial streak in 1978 on the Legend album, and, given the band's penchant for playing personnel musical chairs, it was amazing they stuck together this long. I must have been one of the few who bought this album when it was released on vinyl, and I never had cause to regret it. Songs such as Who Will You Be Tonight only confirmed my belief that no matter who is in the line up, Poco was always capable of making very good (and most of the time, excellent) music.There are other great tunes, such as Shoot for the Moon, and the instrumental High Sierra. So,give this album a chance. And while you're at it, pick up thier latest studio release, Running Horse. If you have the slightest interest in Poco, or simply lost track of them after Legend,give Ghost Town a listen. If this is your type of music, you will not regret it."
David J. Spuria | Webster, Massachusetts | 02/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Ghost Town" was the first Poco album for Atlantic Records. Known for their AOR prowess, Atlantic was the perfect label for a band that had their beefiest lineup, and most AOR friendly material to date. This album is nothing short of a masterpiece. From start to finish, you sense a Poco meets Hotel California moment. The album's haunting opening title cut, featuring both Paul Cotton and Randy Young on lead vocals is a testimony to the creative power of this duo, who should be recognized for pioneering the marriage between country and rock well before Glenn Frey and Don Henley made it fashionable. And even though the Eagles had packed up and called it quits when this record hit the shelves, the boys in Poco soldiered on without Tim Schmidt who made his mark on "The Long Run". After the epic opening track, the band rocks out on the made for AOR "How Will You Feel Tonight?" with Paul Cotton stradling the line between country rock and polished pop. "Shoot For The Moon" is "Crazy Love" part II, a great soft rock tune that would have done better if it were still 1978. But trends were rapidly shifting in 1982, and "Ghost Town" was largely underpromoted by Atlantic. The song peaked somewhere in the top 50. "The Midnight Rodeo", "Cry No More", "Break of Hearts" and "Special Care" are all great slices of country tinged pop rock with big hooks and sensitive lyrics. Paul Cotton and Randy Young shine on this album and the band is smooth, tight and creative. One of the most interesting pieces on "Ghost Town" is "High Sierra", an incredible country-rock instrumental that could have made any Urban Cowboy era movie a whole lot more interesting. You can sense the old west, the cowboy element and a band hitting on all cylinders. This is a special collection. It captures the revamped Poco at a creative apex. If you don't own a Poco CD, buy this one first. Every song is a winner.