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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Christopher Cross' debut was a huge hit and widely acclaimed, at least among industry professionals critics didn't give it a second listen, leading to multi-platinum success and Grammys. In retrospect, it might seem like the kind of success that's disproportional to the record itself, especially to hipper-than-thou younger generations, but in truth, Christopher Cross was a hell of a record -- it just was a hell of a soft rock record, something that doesn't carry a lot of weight among most audiences. That doesn't erase Cross' considerable gifts as a craftsman. Yes, he does favor sentimentality and can be very sweet on the ballads, but his melodicism is rich and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Christopher Cross' debut was a huge hit and widely acclaimed, at least among industry professionals critics didn't give it a second listen, leading to multi-platinum success and Grammys. In retrospect, it might seem like the kind of success that's disproportional to the record itself, especially to hipper-than-thou younger generations, but in truth, Christopher Cross was a hell of a record -- it just was a hell of a soft rock record, something that doesn't carry a lot of weight among most audiences. That doesn't erase Cross' considerable gifts as a craftsman. Yes, he does favor sentimentality and can be very sweet on the ballads, but his melodicism is rich and construction tight, so there's a sturdy foundation for the classy professional gloss provided by his studio pros and friends, including indelible backing vocals by Michael McDonald. And while the hits like the dreamy "Sailing" and the surging "Ride Like the Wind" deserved all the attention, they're hardly the only highlights here -- to borrow a sports metaphor, this has a deep bench, and there's not a weak moment here. In fact, soft rock albums hardly ever came better than this, and it remains one of the best mainstream albums of its time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2009
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • UPC: 081227988043
  • Catalog Number: 3383
  • Sales rank: 1,342

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Christopher Cross Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Soloist
Don Henley Vocals, Background Vocals
Eric Johnson Guitar, Soloist
Michael McDonald Vocals, Background Vocals
Larry Carlton Guitar
Victor Feldman Percussion, Vibes
Valerie Carter Vocals, Background Vocals
Nicolette Larson Vocals, Background Vocals
Rob Meurer Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Celeste, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Stormie Omartian Vocals, Background Vocals
Lenny Castro Percussion
Assa Drori Concert Master
Chuck Findley Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Horn
Jay Graydon Guitar
Jim Horn Saxophone
Jackie Kelso Saxophone
Myrna Matthews Vocals, Background Vocals
Marti McCall Vocals
Marty McCall Background Vocals
Lew McCreary Trombone
Michael Omartian Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Tomás Ramírez Saxophone, Soloist
Don Roberts Saxophone
Andy Salmon Bass
J.D. Souther Vocals, Background Vocals
Tommy Taylor Drums
Technical Credits
Christopher Cross Arranger
Rob Meurer Arranger
Chet Himes Engineer
Michael Omartian Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Gavin Sutherland Composer
Bobby Hata Mastering
Jimmy Newhouse Concept
Flournoy Holmes Artwork
Stuart Gitlin Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just Real Music

    I was about 19 when this album came out and it was actually vinyl! I remember watching the Grammys and seeing CC win 5 of them. In short, this is a well produced, well written and flawlessly performed collection of songs. It was very good when it was new, and it's even better today because today, so much of what we hear on the radio is synthetic, slick studio magic, loops and samples and processors. Take away all of the gadgetry and Brittney, Janet, the Simpsons and all the rest are history. If nothing else, this album serves as a reminder of a day when musical instruments were actually played, you had to know how to sing and faking it was out of the question.

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