9 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After 10 years, 12 albums, and many personnel shifts, the hard-touring country rockers Poco finally, in 1978, released a big hit album. Pedal steel player Rusty Young struck gold with his languid country-popper “Crazy Love,” which was followed up on the charts with “Heart of the Night,” guitarist Paul Cotton’s Eagles-ish ode to New Orleans. The album is purposely light around the edges, perfectly melodic, and exquisitely executed. And while songwriters Young and Cotton eschew social commentary in favor of matters of the heart, in their world, love is equally sad and dishonest, but it always wins out. And you can slow dance to it.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After 10 years, 12 albums, and many personnel shifts, the hard-touring country rockers Poco finally, in 1978, released a big hit album. Pedal steel player Rusty Young struck gold with his languid country-popper “Crazy Love,” which was followed up on the charts with “Heart of the Night,” guitarist Paul Cotton’s Eagles-ish ode to New Orleans. The album is purposely light around the edges, perfectly melodic, and exquisitely executed. And while songwriters Young and Cotton eschew social commentary in favor of matters of the heart, in their world, love is equally sad and dishonest, but it always wins out. And you can slow dance to it.

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