Walking in Avalon

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Walking in Avalon, Christopher Cross’ seventh album released in 1998, is a double album package that contains Christopher's latest new studio album and Greatest Hits Live album together. In late 1999, CMC re-released the package as two single-album releases. The studio album is entitled Red Room, and the hits live release is Christopher Cross - Greatest Hits Live.

Writing and production[edit]

Written and produced with Rob Meurer, and featuring multi-instrumentalist/co-producer Scott Frankfurt, the two-CD set comprises popular music.

CD one serves as a showcase for Cross’ vocal, instrumental, and compositional abilities. This collection of songs explores a number of themes such as celebration, aggravation, love, lust, focus and the lack thereof, relationships, hope, and includes normal storytelling common to many musical collections.

Cross’ music and lyrics have pointed meaning, but the entire work includes a sense of fun. Backing tracks created by Frankfurt and orchestral settings by Jeremy Lubbock help to showcase the Cross–Meurer songs as well as Christopher's guitar work.

The second album is a bonus for Cross fans, containing a 74-minute live concert recording in which Christopher performs nearly all of his earlier hits (including “Sailing,” “Ride Like the Wind,” “Arthur’s Theme,” and “Think of Laura”) as well as a number of his lesser-known mid-period songs. Through a printing error, the band credits for this concert were omitted from the CD notes.

Besides Cross on vocals and guitar, featured are Rob Meurer (keyboards, dulcimer, vocals), Chas Thompson (bass, vocals), Gigi Worth (percussion, guitar, vocals), Kiki Ebsen (keyboards, vocals), and Jody Cortez (drums), with Joel Peskin on alto saxophone and a special guest appearance by Michael McDonald.

Track listing[edit]

DISC 1[edit]

  1. In a Red Room
  2. Walking in Avalon
  3. Hunger
  4. When She Smiles
  5. It's Always Something
  6. Dream Too Loud
  7. I Know You Well
  8. Kind of I Love You
  9. Curled Around the World
  10. Rainy Day in Vancouver

DISC 2 (Live)[edit]

  1. Rendezvous
  2. Never be the Same
  3. Back of My Mind
  4. Sailing
  5. Every Turn of the World
  6. Deputy Dan
  7. In the Blink of an Eye
  8. Swept Away
  9. Think of Laura
  10. Minstrel Gigolo
  11. Open Up My Window
  12. Alibi
  13. Is There Something
  14. Arthur's Theme
  15. "Ride Like the Wind"
  16. "All Right"