From the Inside/A Good Feelin' to Know

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This two-LP-on-one-CD release makes for a delightful juxtaposition of distinctly differing sounds by one of the more stable early lineups of Poco, released a year apart (1971-1972). From the Inside, produced by Steve Cropper in Memphis, was a kind of experimental album, its sound leaner than that for which the group was known, featuring playing that was more stripped down than anything on their prior albums, and with the guitars turned down a bit. And A Good Feelin' to Know was their return to a flashier, more virtuoso guitar sound -- in some ways, even overlooking the group's cover of "Go and Say Goodbye," the Poco album closest in spirit to the work of their predecessor group, the Buffalo Springfield. And it was also the group's go-for-broke thrust at commercial success, taking their most popular concert number as the title tune and aiming it as a very AM radio-friendly single release. The remastering, done in 1997, gives this CD a vivider sound than either of the domestic Columbia/Sony CD versions, with crackling and crunchy guitars all over A Good Feelin' to Know and the beautiful harmony singing up close on From the Inside. The annotation by John Tobler is also some of the best yet found on a Poco compilation, albeit from a British perspective.

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