Wednesday, June 10, 2015

"Shoot for the Moon" by Poco

Song#:  1284
Date:  12/18/1982
Debut:  89
Peak:  50
Weeks:  13
Genre:  Soft Rock, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Poco's fortunes slowly dwindled after their peak moment with the 1978 gold album "Legend," which featured the #17 song "Crazy Love." It didn't help that their label, MCA, basically lost interest in the band and after one last contractual album, Poco decided to move on and sign with Atlantic. Refreshed and ready to go, they released their first Atlantic LP, "Ghost Town." Unfortunately, getting a new label didn't provide the boost they desperately needed. The album would be the worst charting of their career slumping in at a lowly #195. It didn't help that the LP's first single, its title-track, failed to chart. The one bright spot was this second single that got to the halfway point on the pop chart while reaching #10 at AC. But it wasn't enough to rescue the album and it all sunk quickly.

ReduxReview:  This breezy, 70s-ish tune is a very easy listen, but seems out of place for the time period. This probably contributed to their decline in popularity. They might have been better served moving towards crossover country rather than staying in pop. This is a nice song, but a little too bland to really make an impression.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Like many bands, Poco would have many personnel changes over the years. However, one original member has never left. Rusty Young started the band in 1968, with Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield) and Jim Messina, and has remained with the band since that time.


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