Tuesday, May 7, 2013

"Midnight Rain" by Poco

Song#:  0359
Date:  10/11/1980
Debut:  88
Peak: 74
Weeks:  4
Genre:  Country Rock, Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  After the more amped up title track to their album "Under the Gun" failed to make the Top 40, this next release found the group back in more familiar AC-style territory that recalled their previous Top 20 hits "Crazy Love" and "Heart of the Night." But it didn't catch on like those hits and it barely managed to get a quarter of the way up the chart.

ReduxReview:  This song is similar to "Under the Gun" in that it is a good song lacking catchiness (if that is even a word - I think I'll make it one...). But I do like it better. Poco has solid musicians and they can obviously write songs, but for me they just get lost in the crowd. The music is just a bit bland and there is nothing I hear that really defines the band.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Two original members of Poco left the group early-on and achieved even greater success. Jim Messina stayed with the group for their first two albums and then left to work for Columbia Records. He ended up joining forces with Kenny Loggins and the pair released several successful albums and singles including the #4 "Your Mama Don't Dance" (1972). Randy Meisner left Poco on bad terms after the recording of the first album. However, he did quite well when he became a founding member of the Eagles.


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