Christopher Cross (album)

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Christopher Cross
Studio album by Christopher Cross
Released December 1979
Recorded 1979, Warner Brothers Recording Studios, North Hollywood, California
Genre Pop rock, soft rock, adult contemporary
Length 38:32
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Michael Omartian
Christopher Cross chronology
Christopher Cross
(1979)
Another Page
(1983)

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.[1] 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.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Christopher Cross.

  1. "Say You'll Be Mine" – 2:53
  2. "I Really Don't Know Anymore" – 3:49
  3. "Spinning" (Duet with Valerie Carter) – 3:59
  4. "Never Be the Same" – 4:40
  5. "Poor Shirley" – 4:20
  6. "Ride Like the Wind" – 4:30
  7. "The Light Is On" – 4:07
  8. "Sailing" – 4:14
  9. "Minstrel Gigolo" – 6:00
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars [2]

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Michael Omartian
  • Engineer: Chet Himes
  • Arrangers: Christopher Cross, Michael Omartian

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Album - Billboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1980 Pop Albums 6

Singles - Billboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1980 "Ride Like the Wind" Pop Singles 2
1980 "Sailing" Pop Singles 1
1980 "Never Be the Same" Adult Contemporary 1
1980 "Never Be the Same" Pop Singles 15
1981 "Say You'll Be Mine" Pop Singles 20

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Italy (FIMI)[3] Gold 200,000[4]
United Kingdom (BPI)[5] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[6] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards

Year Winner Category
1980 Christopher Cross Album of the Year
"Sailing" Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
Record of the Year
Song of the Year
Christopher Cross Best New Artist

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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"
  2. ^ Christopher Cross (album) at AllMusic
  3. ^ "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
  4. ^ "Sale 40 - Lot 492: Italian Gold Record Award For Christopher Cross". Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles. 2011. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  5. ^ "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
  6. ^ "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