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Cross, Christopher - 1979 Christopher Cross

ARTIST: Cross, Christopher
ALBUM: Christopher Cross
LABEL: Warner Bros
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 1989, Warner Bros, M2-3383


LINEUP: Christopher Cross - guitar, vocals * Michael Omartian - synthesizer, keyboards, vocals, background vocals * Numerous Guests..

TRACK LISTING: 01 Say You'll Be Mine * 02 I Really Don't Know Anymore * 03 Spinning * 04 Never Be The Same * 05 Poor Shirley * 06 Ride Like The Wind * 07 The Light Is On * 08 Sailing * 09 Minstrel Gigolo


From Texas, Christopher Cross (real name Christopher Geppert) came out of nowhere in 1979 to grace us with this near perfect set of smooth radio oriented West Coast/pop. An accomplished singer/songwriter, Cross teamed up with Michael Omartian to record without doubt, his most successful record. The album was recorded in 1979 but was released in January of 1980. The plethora of guests on the album (most of them successful artists in their own right) contribute greatly to events. Even at this early stage, Cross, Omartian and Warner Brothers had the pulling power to bring onboard players such as Larry Carlton, Jay Graydon, Michael McDonald, Niccolette Larson, Don Henley, Eric Johnson, J.D Souther etc. As they say, class will always prevail, and so it does here..

The Songs
It would be pretty difficult for you to avoid remembering hit songs like 'Ride Like The Wind', 'Never Be The Same' and of course the monster ballad 'Sailing', for which Cross has since achieved iconic status in pop circles, perhaps unfairly lampooned alongside the likes of Richard Marx and Peter Cetera as genre defining ballad makers. These songs ran amok on the charts during 1979/1980 and would certainly be part of a time-capsule if we wound the clock to that time in history. For me, the best songs on the album were the ones that were least successful. 'Poor Shirley' is my pick, the melancholy lyrics belying the surging orchestration and buoyant arrangement. Even the opener 'Say You'll Be Mine' (which made it to #20 on the charts) is a happy-go-lucky affair, while 'Minstrel Gigolo' stumbles through a maze of styles during its mid-tempo excursion. Elsewhere, 'Spinning' and 'The Light Is On' provide us with some lighter West Coast offerings, more as a counter weight to the other pop based tunes.

In Summary
As a result, 1980 was the year of Christopher Cross, this album picking up four honours at that years Grammys, since equalled in recent times by Norah Jones. Still a fresh sounding album even to this day, and though Cross's fortunes may have disappeared out the sidedoor in later years, I still reckon he has earned enough royalties off this album to be very comfortable thank you very much. A very good example of West Coast and adult contemporary/pop all rolled into one. A bunch of Grammy Awards is enough of a confirmation.. I don't think I need to preach to the converted.

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#1 | dangerzone on December 09 2007 02:46:29
That 1986 release, 'Every Turn Of The World' is pretty dodgy in my opinion, except for 'That Girl'.
#2 | gdazegod on December 09 2007 22:15:49
I only like the first two albums. The rest I can listen to, but not with much conviction.
#3 | Eric on December 09 2007 22:27:45
This was a huge record that still holds up today, I agree though George, not much he's done since is all that memorable although as jeffduran pointed out 'Charm The Snake' had it's moments.
#4 | trillion1999 on October 10 2011 17:59:09
I love Never Be The Same(His It Wouldnt Have Made Any Difference IMHO though with different subject-matter in the lyrics) and Arthurs love
#5 | richardb on August 02 2015 14:59:52
I like the debut, though I think the follow up 'Another page' is superior and worthy of a mention on this site.
#6 | code4 on October 18 2015 20:51:18
Excellent album. Not only were the hits good (along with the two biggest, i love 'Never Be The Same' just as much) but so were most the album cuts. Love the second album and the third too. The fourth cd (Back of my mind) is where the quality drops a little for me, having only 2 or 3 truly great songs (Alibi, Swept Away..). Still i have everything up till Rendezvous (which was overall stronger than Back of my mind) and have never considered ousting any of them from my collection
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