Cross Purpose

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Cross Purpose
Spooky Tooth Cross Purpose.jpg
Studio album by Spooky Tooth
Released 23 February 1999
Recorded 22 July 1997 – 8 November 1998
Genre Progressive rock, art rock
Length 42:36
Label A&M
Producer Chris Stainton, Chris Blackwell
Spooky Tooth chronology
The Mirror
(1974)
Cross Purpose
(1999)

Cross Purpose is a reunion album released by Spooky Tooth on Ruf Records in 1999. It was the first album released by the band in twenty-five years, following The Mirror, released in 1974, and the first album in thirty years to feature the majority of the original band lineup,[1] which last recorded Spooky Two, in 1969.

History[edit]

The album was initially planned in 1997, when three tracks ("How", "Kiss it Better" and "Sunshine")[2] were recorded by Harrison, Kellie, Grosvenor and Ridley in England. The project then became stalled due to the distances between band members. The songs were originally to be released in 1998 as part of the album tentatively called Sunshine, which would have combined the three tracks with a 1968 BBC concert[3] and an unreleased track from Deep Feeling, a 1960s band with which both Luther Grosvenor and Dave Mason had been associated.[4] Instead, the owners of Ruf Records heard the three new tracks and persuaded the band to record more new material. Ruf Records financed the costs of relocating the band to record at Andapoe Sound in Weimar, Germany, where seven additional songs were recorded in September 1998. The album was released in Europe and the United States in February 1999.[5]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[6]

In their retrospective review, Allmusic assessed the album's material as "not quite up to the level of the group's best", while noting that the band's sound is much the same as it was before their original breakup. They concluded the album to be of interest to fans of the group but not to casual listeners.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "That Was Only Yesterday" (Gary Wright) – 4:30
  2. "Tears (Behind My Eyes)" (Reed) – 5:02
  3. "Throw Me a Line" (Dolan, Luther Grosvenor) – 3:15
  4. "It's You Girl (Message to Deborah)" (Greg Ridley) – 3:30
  5. "Love Is Real" (Mike Harrison) – 5:51
  6. "Sunshine" (Karl Wallinger) – 4:31
  7. "How" (Mike Kellie) – 4:48
  8. "Send Me Some Lovin'" (Marascalco, Price) – 2:35
  9. "I Can't Believe" (Traditional) – 4:12
  10. "Kiss It Better" (Grosvenor, Harrison, Kellie) – 4:22

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

Others[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Excluding Gary Wright. See History of Recording Cross Purpose; www.rufrecords.de.
  2. ^ With "Sunshine" having been written by Karl Wallinger of World Party.
  3. ^ The BBC material was later released in 2001 as BBC Sessions; see Discography, Spooky Tooth.
  4. ^ Richie Unterberger. Biography of Deep Feeling; www.allmusic.com.
  5. ^ Justin Purington, History of Cross Purpose; www.justabuzz.com, section "Luther Grosvenor - Albums".
  6. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Cross Purpose > Overview )))". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-10-13.