ARTIST: Christopher Cross
TITLE: Christopher Cross
YEAR RELEASED: 1979
CHART ACTION: #6 US, #14 UK
SINGLES: Ride Like the Wind (#2 US, #69 UK), Sailing (#1 US, #48 UK), Never Be the Same (#15 US), Say You’ll Be Mine (#20 US)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I Really Don’t Know
LINEUP: Christopher Cross and the best session players of the time, including Larry Carlton, Lenny Castro, Victor Feldman, Jay Graydon, Michael McDonald, Rob Meurer, Michael Omartian, Andy Salmon and Tommy Taylor.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A debut album that may have been the apex of mellow, well played and engineered music now called “Yacht Rock”.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Nine well-crafted, polished, well-played, exquisitely produced and engineered songs. A few of them are earworms (the filler isn’t particularly catchy, nor exciting). And the addition of Michael McDonald on backing vocals on two tracks was genius.
Here’s the deal – the album is OK, weighted down by some clunky ballads, and really more of a nostalgic boat ride into the past than anything fresh or exciting. There aren’t any hidden gems, unless you haven’t heard “I Really Don’t Know” – the other track with Michael McDonald. You probably know what you’re going to get, so you truly like this, or you like this ironically, or you don’t.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: It was one of the first digitally recorded albums.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B: No doubt the apex of 70’s soft rock.