Richie Furay was an influential figure in several rock styles, playing in the archetypal Southern California hippie-rock band Buffalo Springfield, and then as co-founder of Poco, which was one of the pioneering bands of LA's country-rock sound. When fame and personal pressures weighed heavily on him, Furay got religion and resurfaced as a born-again Christian, recording some influential Christian rock albums, as well as a string of solo pop albums. Here's a quick look at his work...
Poco "The Songs Of Richie Furay" (Epic, 1980)
Furay left Poco in 1974, but left behind a string of well-crafted tunes, including several of the band's defining hits. This collection spotlights his work as one of the band's principal songwriters, and is a nice encapsulation of his pre-solo creativity...
The Au Go Go Singers "They Call Us..." (Roulette, 1964)
Faux "hootenany" pop-folk, modeled after prefab folk bands such as the New Christy Minstrels, who were in the charts at the time. This band -- which was spawned from the Cafe Au Go Go nightclub -- is notable for starting the professional careers of Richie Furay and Stephen Stills, who went on to greater fame as founding members of the hippie-rock band Buffalo Springfield. This might not be an earthshaking album, but you do get a few quick glimpses at these guys in their earliest days -- Furay solos on "Where I'm Bound," though that's about it for his moment in the spotlight. From here, it was onto LA and true rock stardom.
The Souther-Hillman-Furay Band "The Souther-Hillman-Furay Band" (Asylum, 1974)
The Souther-Hillman-Furay Band "Trouble In Paradise" (Asylum, 1975)
Richie Furay "I've Got A Reason" (Asylum, 1976)
Richie Furay "Dance A Little Light" (Asylum, 1978)
Richie Furay "I Still Have Dreams" (Asylum, 1979)
Richie Furay "Seasons Of Change" (Myrrh, 1982)
Richie Furay "In My Father's House" (Calvary Chapel Records, 1997)
Richie Furay "I Am Sure" (Friday Music, 2005)
Richie Furay "Alive" (Friday Music, 2009)
Richie Furay & John Macy "The Heartbeat Of Love" (2006)
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