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Pickin' Up the Pieces (Poco album)

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Released  May 19, 1969
Length  42:43
Artist  Poco
Producer  Jim Messina
Genre  Country rock
Recorded  January 1969
Pickin' Up the Pieces (1969)  Poco (1970)
Release date  19 May 1969
Label  Legacy Recordings
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Similar  Poco albums, Country rock albums

Pickin' Up the Pieces is the debut album by country rock band Poco, released in 1969. It was one of the earliest examples of the emerging genre of country rock. Several of the songs here date back to Richie Furay's days in Buffalo Springfield. An early version of "What a Day" was included on the Springfield's eponymous box set in 2001.


Bassist Randy Meisner appears on the album but was asked to leave the band shortly before the record was released. Meisner's exit was the result of his anger from being excluded (at Furay's insistence) from participation in the final mix playback sessions for the album, as only Messina and Furay were to complete production. His image was removed from the painting on the cover and replaced with the dog seen at the far left. His bass parts and backing vocals were left in the mix, but his lead vocals were removed, and new versions were sung by George Grantham.

Track listing

  1. "Foreword" (Kathy Johnson, Richie Furay) – 0:48
  2. "What a Day" (Richie Furay) – 2:28
  3. "Nobody's Fool" (Richie Furay) – 3:26
  4. "Calico Lady" (Richie Furay, Jim Messina, Skip Goodwin) – 3:03
  5. "First Love" (Richie Furay) – 3:08
  6. "Make Me a Smile (Richie Furay, Jim Messina) – 3:18
  7. "Short Changed" (Richie Furay) – 3:17
  8. "Pickin' Up the Pieces" (Richie Furay) – 3:20
  9. "Grand Junction" (Rusty Young) – 2:58
  10. "Oh Yeah" (Richie Furay, Jim Messina) – 4:06
  11. "Just in Case It Happens, Yes Indeed" (Richie Furay) - 2:45
  12. "Tomorrow (Richie Furay, Skip Goodwin) - 3:11
  13. "Consequently, So Long" (Richie Furay, Skip Goodwin) – 3:50
  14. "Do You Feel It Too" (Richie Furay) – 3:05 (not on the original LP, but a previously unissued alternate take, added to the album's first release on CD)


  • Jim Messina - acoustic and electric 6-string guitars, backing and lead (10) vocals
  • Richie Furay - 12-string guitar, lead (1-3, 6, 8, 11-14) and backing vocals
  • Rusty Young - steel guitar, banjo, dobro, guitar, piano
  • Randy Meisner - bass guitar, backing vocals, acoustic guitar
  • George Grantham - drums, backing and lead (4, 5, 7) vocals
  • Bobby Doyle - piano
  • Milt Holland - percussion
  • Production

  • Producer: Jim Messina
  • Recording Engineer: Terry Donovan
  • Arranger: Nick DeCaro
  • Photography: Frank Bez
  • Songs

    2What a Day2:30
    3Nobody's Fool3:29


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