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Christopher Cross is a music icon. In 2011, the Oscar and five-time Grammy winning artist is back with an amazingly crafted new album, Doctor Faith. It’s his first album of new and original material in over 12 years.

Cross' 1980 self-titled debut album rocketed to the #2 spot. Breaking out as the biggest new star of that year, he virtually defined adult contemporary radio with ... Read more in Amazon's Christopher Cross Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 3, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • ASIN: B001O54NL2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,060 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Say You'll Be Mine
2. I Really Don't Know Anymore
3. Spinning
4. Never Be the Same
5. Poor Shirley
6. Ride Like the Wind
7. The Light Is On
8. Sailing
9. Minstrel Gigolo

Editorial Reviews

The 1980 Grammy winner for Album of the Year, this #6 smash shot Cross into the soft-rock stratosphere. The big hits Sailing; Ride Like the Wind; Never Be the Same , and Say You'll Be Mine join Spinning; Poor Shirley , and the rest of the original LP!

Customer Reviews

One of the best albums produced in its time, and good now as ever.
Ian Abel
Listening to this CD brought back many fond memories of my youth when I enjoyed it then!
Paula Frakes
SAILING and RIDE LIKE THE WIND are two great songs and have stood the test of time.
Michael Butts

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By L.A. Scene on August 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Christopher Cross' self titled debut album "Christopher Cross" marked a return to simplicity as the decade would change from the 1970s to the 1980s. The 1970s had introduced the hard rock sound as well as the disco sound. Christopher Cross' album would be filled with what would today be classified as adult contemporary songs. In some ways, this album was also a sign of things to come for the 1980s - an album that is infused with a keyboards and synthesizers. This album would go on to be the big hit of the 1980 Grammy Awards. Some may be critical of the efforts (my Grandfather attended the 1980 Grammys and was not happy that Cross would win all the awards), but most applaud the efforts (including myself - despite my Grandfathers opinion).

Cross and producer Michael Omartian did a lot of right things when putting together this colleciton. No doubt Omartian knew he had a gem of a songwriter and a gem of a voice in Christopher Cross. This was something that could lead to big things, but what Omartian did is take out an insurance policy - he surrounded Cross with some outstanding talent to contribute background vocals to the songs on the album. The names are Michael McDonald ("I Really Don't Know Anymore" and "Ride With the Wind"), Don Henley ("The Light is On") and the late Nicolette Larson ("Say You'll Be Mine"). There also is a lesser known vocalist named Valerie Carter who does an outstanding job on contibuting vocals to "Spinning". There also is a solid studio band - Tommy Taylor and Andy Salmon play drums and bass respectively on all of the tracks. Rob Meurer contributes keyboards, piano, etc on 8 of the 9 tracks.

Michael McDonald does a tremendous job on his two tracks. His soulful voice is perfect as he echoes Cross on the chorus of "I Really Don't Know Anymore".
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Westley VINE VOICE on October 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Christopher Cross had a relatively brief but spectacular career in the early 80's, and his debut stands as his most successful CD. It yielded a classic #1 adult contemporary ballad - "Sailing" (which was later remade by 'n sync!), which is a truly beautiful song. The other big hit (#2 for 4 weeks) was "Ride Like the Wind," which is more uptempo, but still mellow. A couple of other songs also made the Top 20 - "Never Be the Same" and "Say You'll Be Mine." The CD is very poppy and flows so well together. I originally bought the cassette when I was 12-years-old, and I replaced it on CD a few years ago. Highly recommended. This CD will appeal most to fans of mellow pop music, but it really is just great music.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Wisch ( on June 26, 1999
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This is the album folks! This is the one that Christopher Cross won five grammys for in the same year! I'm a 16 year old fan of Chris's and enjoy the music on this CD every day. Songs like "Sailing" and "Ride Like The Wind" are ESSENTIAL for any Pop Music fan. These songs absolutely need NO introduction. This is not an album, it's an experience. If you have not heard this CD, you need to. NOW! Check out Chris's website [online] to see what he is up to now.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "duobpm" on November 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Throughout my years of listening to music, Christopher Cross has always been one of my favorites. From his upbeat classic rock songs to his beautiful ballads, one just cannot like this great vocalist. This album is Christopher's debut album, and the one that jump started his career. The hits "Never be the Same, Sailing, Ride Like the Wind, and Minstrel Gigolo" all put Christopher Cross on the map. Since I love this album so much I will go through and rate each song:
"Say You'll be Mine"-A very beautiful upbeat 80's sounding ballad that will have you singing along. 5/5
"Never Be the Same"-Yet another wonderful song that I enjoy listening to over and over. For some reason it just never gets old...5/5
Moving on to the less popular hits on the album..."Poor Shirley" is a nice mid-tempo song that has a lot going for it. "Spinning" is primarily a generic ballad, not too particularly fond of this one. "The Light is On" is a pleasant uptempo song that really adds some flavor to the album. "I Really Don't Know Anymore"-Another wonderful ballad from Chris, another one of my favorites. Spinning gets a 3/5 while the rest get a 4.5/5.
"Ride Like the Wind"-One of the best songs on the album, very upbeat and Michael McDonald backing the vocals. "And, I've got a long way to go, to make it to the border of Mexico..." 5/5
"Sailing"-Words can't describe how much this song means to me. Far and Away the best song on the album. The enchanting lyrics and smooth music will help you drift away to Neverland. This is the song that defines Christopher Cross. 6/5
"Minstrel Gigolo"-A song about rock stars, is a nice mid-tempo song that runs a bit long, but has a lot of heart.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Don McCullen on June 28, 2001
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Christopher Cross self-titled album that came out in the late 1970's would earn him four Grammies including Best New Artist, and Best Album.
Cross indeed deserved those awards. The album is great to listen from beginning to end. Even some of his cuts that didn't get airplay are great to listen to including "I Really Don't Know Anymore" which one of two cuts that feature Michael McDonald on backing vocals. The other one that features McDonald was the upbeat "Ride Like the Wind" which was dedicated to Little Feat founder Lowell George who passed away in 1979. Another great piece that was not heard on the radio was "The Light Is On" which sounds like something from Swiss harpist Andreas Vollenweider which makes you wonder if he heard his music, since Vollenweider first record was not released internationally.
His best song on the record with no doubt is "Sailing" which would win Cross two Grammies for Best Record and Best Song.
Sadly Cross would never enjoy the success that others in the Adult Pop fold would have including Elton John, Phil Collins, Gloria Etefan, and Celine Dion. However Christopher Cross is still recording and performing to this day, and still makes good pop music, even if it's heard by a few. If want to check up on him visit his website at
Be sure to check his self-titled record. It's all how his career in music got started.
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