The good news is Running Horse this is not just a reunion CD made to cash on the "Poco" brand name. All four members of the band, two originals and two new ones, give themselves into this project and are involved with all their hearts. The bad news is that this is just a solid Poco album that could have been made back in the seventies. It's like nothing has happened in these times musically or spiritually to all the members, and that they have taken the safe mode of not taking any risk. Jack Sundrud, one of the new members wrote some of the songs and sings the lead vocals. These songs are indeed a surprise in quality and consistency but even they sound like Poco songs that just did not make it to one of the albums they made years ago.
Poco was born in 1968 from another band, Buffalo Springfield. The band included many names that would make it big after being in the band: Jim Messina, Richie Furay, Randy Meisner, Timothy B. Schmit (the last played with the Eagles). They never were as famous as the Eagles, and in some way always lived at their shadow. Many Poco fans cry to these days that it is unfair and that Poco was the better of the two. Nevertheless, they had a very successful career, that included many gold records and one platinum, Legend. The same cover of the beautiful running horse used in Legend is used on this CD with a different background color.
After enjoying listening to this CD a few time, and humming the words of One Tear At A Time, I went back to listen to a compilations of their songs from the seventies, songs like Rose Of Cimarron and Keep On Trying and many others. I found that I preferred the past days of Poco to the present day. This is not a CD made only to cash in on the Poco name, as many bands do, and the music is still relevant and enjoyable. But, I think that newcomers would rather go and listen to their recordings from the 70's and 60's. At the end of the day, this is a CD for Poconuts and the already convinced.
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