Poco - Legend (1978) Original US Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Posted By: Fran Solo
Poco - Legend (1978) Original US Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Poco - Legend
Vinyl | LP Cover (1:1) | FLAC + cue | 24bit/96kHz | 800mb
Mastered At Masterdisk
Label: ABC Records/AA-1099 | Released: 1978 | Genre: Country-Rock

A1 Boomerang 3:48
A2 Spellbound 5:13
A3 Barbados 3:31
A4 Little Darlin’ 3:47
A5 Love Comes Love Goes 3:55

B1 Heart Of The Night 4:49
B2 Crazy Love 2:55
B3 The Last Goodbye 5:40
B4 Legend 4:16

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – ABC Records
Copyright © – ABC Records
Pressed By – Specialty Records Corporation
Published By – Tarantula Music
Published By – Pirooting Publishing
Recorded At – Crystal Sound
Recorded At – The Village Recorder
Mixed At – The Village Recorder
Mastered At – Masterdisk
Bass, Vocals [Harmony] – Charlie Harrison
Directed By [Direction] – Hartmann & Goodman
Drums – Steve Chapman (2)
Engineer – David Henson
Engineer [Assistant] – Barbara Issak, Jim Hill
Mixed By – Joe Chiccarelli
Producer – Richard Sanford Orshoff
Producer [Assistant] – Linda Safan
Vocals, Lead Guitar – Paul Cotton
Vocals, Steel Guitar, Guitar – Rusty Young
Recorded April – August, 1978 at Crystal Studios, Hollywood
Recorded and mixed August – September, 1978 at The Village Recorder, Los Angeles

All Paul Cotton songs © 1978 Tarantula Music, ASCAP
All Rusty Young songs © 1978 Pirooting Publishing, ASCAP

“SP” in label matrix denotes Specialty pressing.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Matrix / Runout (Side 1 Label): AA-1099-A SP
Matrix / Runout (Side 2 Label): AA-1099-B SP
Matrix / Runout (Side 1 Etched): AA-1099-A-RE-1-9 1-2
Matrix / Runout (Side 2 Etched): AA-1099-B-RE-1-9 1-2
Matrix / Runout (Side 2 Stamped): MASTERDISK
Rights Society: ASCAP

Poco - Legend (1978) Original US Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Poco - Legend (1978) Original US Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Poco - Legend (1978) Original US Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

This Rip: 2018
Cleaning: RCM Moth MkII Pro Vinyl
Direct Drive Turntable: Technics SL-1200MK2 Quartz
Cartridge: SHURE M97xE With JICO SAS Stylus
Amplifier: Marantz 2252
ADC: E-MU 0404
DeClick with iZotope RX5: Only Manual (Click per click)
Vinyl Condition: EX+
This LP: From my personal collection
LP Rip & Full Scan LP Cover: Fran Solo

Poco’s biggest-selling album of all time also presented the biggest personnel change at one time for the then-decade-old group, whose lineup had hardly been a model of stability up to that time. Co-founding drummer/singer George Grantham and longtime bassist/singer Timothy B. Schmit were both gone, the latter off to the Eagles. Listening to parts of this album, one gets the sense that, with the arrival of Charlie Harrison (bass, harmony vocals) and Steve Chapman (drums) in the group, Poco was deliberately adopting a change in sound similar to what the Eagles went through when Joe Walsh joined, into much harder rocking territory, at least part of the time. Longtime fans were probably disheartened to hear Rusty Young and Paul Cotton give up any semblance of their country roots on the opening track, “Boomerang,” a bracing, heavy rock number (for this band) that didn’t sound a great deal like the Poco of previous years. Most of the rest of the album, however, was closer to what one wanted and expected from this band — “Spellbound” a beautifully lyrical ballad that benefited from Young’s instrumental range and his and Cotton’s harmonizing, and Cotton’s “Barbados” offering similarly alluring musical textures with more of a beat. Cotton’s “Heart of the Night,” however, dominated everything around it, as one of the most finely crafted songs in the group’s history, highlighted by a beautiful sax solo from Phil Kenzie. And then there’s “Crazy Love” (composed by Rusty Young), with its soft, ethereal textures, which was a little lightweight for this band but unassuming enough to dominate the adult contemporary charts at the time. Young’s “The Last Goodbye” and “Legend” closed out the album on a more thickly textured, higher-wattage note, representing the group’s newer sound, the latter with a memorably driving beat that, with “Boomerang,” bookended the album.
Review by Bruce Eder, allmusic.com
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