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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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
46 Ratings
46 Ratings
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Album/CD cover Trivia......

The actor Phil Hartman (Jingle all the Way) designed the cover for this lp/cd in 1978. Phil also designed the cover for America's 1975 album "History" - America's Greatest Hits.

"Legend" is a very good album. Great harmonies. In particular, listen to the chorus of "The Last Goodbye". Top notch harmony. Bands today don't seem to care about harmonies anymore. Very sad.

Tiernan ,

Legend

This album drew me in to Poco. It was a more sophisticated sound from what Poco had previously put out there. It was a logical progression from the twangy, finger pickin, knee slapping, honky tonk they were known for. This album made Poco stand out from the likes of Pure Prarie League, Crosby, Stills & Nash etc. The only song on this album I'm not nuts about is Love Comes Love Goes, it's whiny and never gets off the ground. But I knew it by heart back in 78. 8 out of 9 aint bad.

Rytone66 ,

The Cotton/Young Band

With Richie Furay and Jim Messina long gone, and now without Tim Schmidt or George Grantham, it's hard to call this Poco. My hat is off to Rusty and Paul for soldiering on for so many years and so many records, and certainly some great music can be found here and in the efforts that follow... but I wonder if it wouldn't have been better for them to simply bill themselves as the Cotton/Young Band and leave it at that. without George or Tim, the vocal sound that was always the Poco signature is immeasurably changed.

This is a good record, and worth having. But it's just simply a different band, and that band isn't Poco, for my money.

That said, "Heart of the Night" is a masterpiece and should have been an even bigger hit than it was.

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