The Very Best of Christopher Cross

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Christopher Cross had a long career, but he peaked early. His eponymous first album produced four Top 20 hits, highlighted by "Sailing," and won five Grammys -- a record at the time. His streak continued with "Arthur's Theme Best That You Can Do," a collaboration with Burt Bacharach, Peter Allen, and Carole Bayer Sager that served as the theme for Dudley Moore's smash Arthur. Cross delivered a second album, Another Page, that sounded similar to the first and sold respectably well until it generated a genuine hit with "Think of Laura," thanks to General Hospital adopting it as a love theme for their Luke and Laura plot line. After that, Cross slipped away, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Christopher Cross had a long career, but he peaked early. His eponymous first album produced four Top 20 hits, highlighted by "Sailing," and won five Grammys -- a record at the time. His streak continued with "Arthur's Theme Best That You Can Do," a collaboration with Burt Bacharach, Peter Allen, and Carole Bayer Sager that served as the theme for Dudley Moore's smash Arthur. Cross delivered a second album, Another Page, that sounded similar to the first and sold respectably well until it generated a genuine hit with "Think of Laura," thanks to General Hospital adopting it as a love theme for their Luke and Laura plot line. After that, Cross slipped away, although he released another five albums between that record and 2002's compilation, The Very Best of Christopher Cross. The problem with this compilation is that it doesn't take into consideration that early peak -- it treats each album with equal respect, with as many songs taken from 1998's Walking in Avalon and Red Room as from 1983's Another Page. While this may satisfy the artist and the die-hards who have listened with dedication over the years, those who loved the warm soft rock of the albums -- either as a guilty pleasure or without shame -- will find this collection profoundly disappointing, since after the eighth track, the collection takes a sharp turn toward fussy, sterile adult contemporary production, and it's never as pleasing to the ear as those first eight songs. This is a problem, because the collection succeeds in one respect providing a comprehensive history while failing in another being an enjoyable listen. Though some will undoubtedly like this approach to Cross' career, most will wish that the compilers took Cross' early peak into account, since this collection would have been much more enjoyable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/2002
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227833527
  • Catalog Number: 78335
  • Sales rank: 8,357

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Christopher Cross Primary Artist, Solo Instrumental, Guitar, Vocals
Eric Johnson Electric Guitar
Michael McDonald Background Vocals, Track Performer
Vesta Williams Background Vocals
Victor Feldman Percussion
Tom Scott Solo Instrumental, Saxophone
Nicolette Larson Background Vocals
Rob Meurer Synthesizer, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Stormie Omartian Background Vocals
Joe Chemay Bass
Michael Baird Drums
Curt Bisquera drum overdubs
Alexandra Brown Background Vocals
Robbie Buchanan Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
Lenny Castro Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion, Conga
Assa Drori Concert Master
Nathan East Bass
Chuck Findley Trumpet
Scott Frankfurt Musician
Steve Gadd Drums
Claude Gaudette Keyboards
Khaliq Glover Background Vocals
Gary Grant Trumpet
Jay Graydon Solo Instrumental, Electric Guitar
Portia Griffin Background Vocals
Gary Herbig Saxophone
Jerry Hey Trumpet
David Hungate Bass
Kim Hutchcroft Saxophone
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Patrick Leonard Keyboards
Steve Lukather Solo Instrumental, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Richard Marx Background Vocals
Myrna Matthews Background Vocals
Marty McCall Background Vocals
Judd Miller Solo Instrumental, Evi
Michael Omartian Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Tollak Ollestad Harmonica
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Mike Porcaro Bass
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Andy Salmon Bass
Tommy Taylor Drums, Track Performer
Marty Walsh Track Performer
Ernie Watts Saxophone
Jerry Jey Track Performer
Michael Hart Thompson Guitar
Frances Ruffelle Vocals
Gigi Worth Vocals
D.A.C. Track Performer
Chris Ralles Drums
E.V.I. Track Performer
Technical Credits
Christopher Cross Arranger, Composer
Jeremy Lubbock String Arrangements
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
Rob Meurer Arranger, Composer
Michael Vail Blum Engineer
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Terry Christian Engineer
Paul Dieter Engineer
Steve Dorff Producer
Tom Fouce Engineer
Scott Frankfurt Producer
Claude Gaudette drum programming
John Guess Engineer
Dan Hersch Remastering
Lee Herschberg Engineer
Chet Himes Engineer
Bill Inglot Producer, Remastering
Dennis Lambert Producer
Patrick Leonard Producer
Mark Linett Engineer
Richard Mullen Engineer
Michael Omartian Arranger, Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Gary Peterson Discographical Annotation
Daniel Protheroe Engineer
Doug Rider Engineer
Jeremy Smith Engineer
Gabe Veltri Engineer
Frank Wolf Engineer
Mark Casselman Engineer, Remixing
Shawn Amos Liner Note Coordination
Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band Engineer
Tony Phillips Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Relaxing, Comforting

    This is a truly relaxing cd. "Sailing" has to be my favorite song of all time. I love to put this cd on after a stressful day at the office and kick back in the tub with some cuccumber slices on my eyes. Usually by track 7 (Sailing), I've been whisked away to a land far away and set down on a cotton white fluffy cloud. Far away from our office manager, Jared, who really hassles me too much. It gets to the point where I just get so stressed out that I hear the sound of bees buzzing and everyone turns into robots that want to kill me. I have to paint my face with white-out, just so they will stay away. Everyone at work thinks I am strange, but I don't let it get to me. I can always come home, slip into my mom's old wedding dress and put on my Christopher Cross cd. The robots are repelled by the music. I recommend this cd to any like-minded fans that really like so slip away after a long day of work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Any person can love his music

    I have been a fan since I was 18, and I never looked back. I justed turned 30 and own all of his albums on CD and vinyl. His music is timeless and heartfelt no matter what your taste in music is. Just pick up anyone of his albums an just listen, and you will see all that you were missing.

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