Pickin' Up the Pieces (Poco album)

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Pickin' Up the Pieces
Poco 1969.jpg
Studio album by Poco
Released May 19, 1969
Recorded January 1969
Genre Country rock
Length 42:43
Label Epic
Producer Jim Messina
Poco chronology
Pickin' Up the Pieces
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]

Pickin' Up the Pieces is the debut album by country rock band Poco, released in 1969.[1] 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[edit]

  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)



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


  1. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. Pickin' Up the Pieces at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Poco". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 21 December 2013.