Ira Robbins
February 08, 1991 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Forgotten Trail

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Rock

We gave it a B

Before the Eagles came to embody the take-it-easy sounds of California country-rock in the early ’70s, Poco was one of the style’s original pioneers, playing catchy lite-pop tunes with a Nashville accent. Through a succession of lineups, Richie Furay’s chipmunk voice and Rusty Young’s distinctive pedal steel guitar dominated a half a dozen albums of frothy songs like ”Pickin’ Up the Pieces” and ”You Better Think Twice.” Focusing on the early years of the band, which has recently been re-formed, The Forgotten Trail is an ample two-disc summary, augmenting LP tracks with rarities, outtakes, alternate versions, remixes, and live performances. Although Poco later went on to greater commercial success, this diligent package captures the essence (and, at 38 songs, a whole lot more) of the group’s feel-good trailblazing. B

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