Blue and Gray

Blue and Gray is the thirteen studio album by the American country rock band Poco, released in 1981. The album is a theme-based record, similar to Desperado by The Eagles, only the theme on this record is the American Civil War. The band scored minor chart success with "Widowmaker". The colors in the title refer to United States Army and Confederate States Army uniforms of the period, respectively.

Blue and Gray
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1981
GenreCountry rock
Length38:25
LabelMCA
ProducerMike Flicker
Poco chronology
Under the Gun
(1980)
Blue and Gray
(1981)
Cowboys & Englishmen
(1982)

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [2]

In his Allmusic review, music critic Bruce Eder wrote, "this isn't a bad album, and at least benefits from more energy and ambition than its immediate predecessor, Under the Gun. There's some fine playing throughout and generally good singing, and some of the writing is inspired, although there are some lapses into lightweight, unmemorable fare also. A little more consistency might have lofted this album to the level of the band's best recent work, but it's still worth hearing as one of the more ambitious records ever to come from this long-lived country-rock band—and it certainly didn't deserve the obscurity that enveloped it."[1]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Glorybound" (Rusty Young) – 3:35
  2. "Blue and Gray" (Young) – 4:40
  3. "Streets of Paradise" (Paul Cotton) – 3:55
  4. "The Writing on the Wall" (Young) – 3:10
  5. "Down on the River Again" (Cotton) – 3:45
  6. "Please Wait for Me" (Cotton) – 4:30
  7. "Widowmaker" (Young) – 4:25
  8. "Here Comes That Girl Again" (Young) – 3:15
  9. "Sometimes (We Are All We Got)" (Cotton) – 3:35
  10. "The Land of Glory" (Young) – 3:35

PersonnelEdit

ProductionEdit

  • Producer: Mike Flicker
  • Recording Engineer: Dave Marquette, John Mills, Joe Chiccarelli with Mitch Gibson

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. "Blue and Gray > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved Dec 26, 2019.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.