Christopher Cross is the self-titled debut album by Christopher Cross, released in December 1979 (see 1979 in music). Recorded in mid-1979, the album was one of the early digitally recorded albums, utilizing the 3M Digital Recording System. In 1981, it won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. It has been noted for being one of the most influential soft rock albums of the early 1980s and famously beat Pink Floyd's The Wall for that year's Grammy. The Album of the Year Grammy was bestowed upon its producer, Michael Omartian.
All songs composed by Christopher Cross.
- "Say You'll Be Mine" – 2:53
- "I Really Don't Know Anymore" – 3:49
- "Spinning" (Duet with Valerie Carter) – 3:59
- "Never Be the Same" – 4:40
- "Poor Shirley" – 4:20
- "Ride Like the Wind" – 4:30
- "The Light Is On" – 4:07
- "Sailing" – 4:14
- "Minstrel Gigolo" – 6:00
- Larry Carlton - guitar
- Valerie Carter - vocals, background vocals
- Lenny Castro - percussion
- Christopher Cross - guitar, vocals
- Assa Drori - concert master
- Victor Feldman - percussion
- Chuck Findley - trumpet
- Jay Graydon - guitar
- Don Henley - vocals, background vocals
- Jim Horn - saxophone
- Eric Johnson - guitar
- Jackie Kelso - saxophone
- Nicolette Larson - vocals, background vocals
- Myrna Matthews - vocals, background vocals
- Marty McCall - vocals
- Lew McCreary - trombone
- Michael McDonald - vocals, background vocals
- Rob Meurer - Synthesizer, keyboards
- Michael Omartian - synthesizer, keyboards, vocals, background vocals
- Stormie Omartian - vocals, background vocals
- Tomás Ramírez - saxophone
- Don Roberts - saxophone
- Andy Salmon - bass
- J.D. Souther - vocals, background vocals
- Tommy Taylor - drums
- Producer: Michael Omartian
- Engineer: Chet Himes
- Arrangers: Christopher Cross, Michael Omartian
Charts and certifications
Album - Billboard (United States)
Singles - Billboard (United States)
||"Ride Like the Wind"
||"Never Be the Same"
||"Never Be the Same"
||"Say You'll Be Mine"
- ^ Jim McCullaugh (November 1, 1980), "Digital the Major Topic For N.Y. AES Parley", Billboard "The Christopher Cross LP, at number 32, uses the 3M digital technology"
- ^ Christopher Cross (album) at AllMusic
- ^ "Italian album certifications – Christopher Cross – Christopher Cross" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Select Album e Compilation in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter Christopher Cross in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca
- ^ "Sale 40 - Lot 492: Italian Gold Record Award For Christopher Cross". Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles. 2011. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
- ^ "British album certifications – Christopher Cross – Christopher Cross". British Phonographic Industry. Enter Christopher Cross in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
- ^ "American album certifications – Cross, Christopher – Christopher Cross". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
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