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Crusader Import

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Import only pressing of his 1991 album. Universal.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Carry On
  2. I Had The Love In My Eyes
  3. Something Else Again
  4. The Girl With April In Her Eyes
  5. Just In Time
  6. Carry On (Reprise)
  7. The Devil's Eye
  8. It's Such A Long Way Home
  9. Old-Fashioned People
  10. Quiet Moments
  11. Crusader
  12. You And Me


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 16, 2004)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • ASIN: B000026GZ6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,794 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By F. Aue on December 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
No doubt, Crusader is the ultimate masterpiece of the early De Burgh! Produced by orchestrator, arranger and piano player Andrew Powell (long-time sideman to Alan Parsons) and the entire Alan Parsons personnel (Ian Bairnson, David Paton, Stuart Elliott) playing on this recording, completed by Mike Moran (keyboards, piano, synthesizer) Crusader finally convinced where the three previous albums failed. The compositions are again in the balladeer style, but the production and arrangements ultimately reach perfection. "Carry On" is probably the most commercial song on the album. I'm not sure if it was released as a single. "Something Else Again" is probably the loveliest love song a man could ever play for a woman! "Crusader" is an almost 9 minute piece which reminds me of "Spanish Train" in a way, but it is still unique in its own style. A remastered version of this CD might be appropriate.
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Once, there was a troubadour whose songs told stories about Country Churchyards and houses with Satin Green Shutters, about Lonesome Cowboys, Spacemen and Strippers, and about the devil cheating the Lord in a game of chess for the souls of humanity played on a Spanish Train. In those years, that troubadour's songs were simple, straightforward and enchanting, both musically and lyrically, and he published albums fittingly entitled "Far Beyond These Castle Walls," "Spanish Train and Other Stories" and "At the End of a Perfect Day."

Then, he was discovered. And while (initially) his lyrics at least maintained their poignancy (see "The Getaway"), his music suddenly joined the flood waves of overproduced pop. But just before that point, in 1979, he released what many to this day consider his masterpiece; the album most pointedly embodying the tradition in which, if interviews he gave at the time were to be believed, he saw himself. Supported by the better part Alan Parson's "Project" (minus Parsons himself and Eric Woolfson) - guitarist Ian Bairnson, bassist David Paton, drummer Stuart Elliott and keyboardists Mike Moran and Andrew Powell, the latter of whom also served as the album's producer and conductor - he put together a collection of 12 songs in turn seducing, stirring and soothing the listener's soul. There are soft songs of love and loss like "I Had the Love in My Eyes," "Something Else Again," "It's Such a Long Way Home" and "Quiet Moments." There is the heartrending fairy tale of the "Girl With April in Her Eyes." There is De Burgh's bow to the era's "save the earth" movement, the rallying cry of "Just in Time".
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This is Chris de Burgh at his very best. Combining powerful melodies with vivid storytelling and outstanding ballads, this album captures Chris de Burgh's vocal and songwriting talents at their very best. Not to be missed if you are a true Chris de Burgh fan!
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Crusader was the first album by Chris de Burgh that I ever heard, back in 1979, and I was an instant convert. While I love much of his early work, Crusader stands out by being consistently superb - it is very rare for me to find an album on which every song is worth listening to time and time again! From the poetic storytelling of the title track (historical accuracy aside, it is a wonderful piece of art to transform such a great story into a song), through to the Gaelic background vocals in 'Carry On', from the homesickness evident in 'Such A Long Way Home' to one of the best love songs ever ('Something Else Again'), the whole album is a tour de force. Anyone who is remotely interested in anything that Chris de Burgh has ever released should own this album!
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This album deals with morality to a great extent. The album's title track, "Crusader" is by far the best song on the album. It is written almost as a ballad telling a simplified version of the Christian side of the taking of Jerusalem from Saladin by the Crusaders under Richard "the Lionhearted" Planagenet. It compares the ideals of the Crusaders to the ideals of mankind today. If you are a Muslim, you may find it insulting to the history of your religion, but it is really a beautiful song otherwise.
The rest of the songs on the album are good, though only "The Devil's Eye" and "The Girl With April in Her Eyes" deserve singling out as notably good.
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This was the second Chris DeBurgh album that I listened to/owned. A friend in high school (early 80s) and I fell in love with DeBurgh's storytelling and passionate music, and between the two of us owned all of his recordings shortly after hearing our first DeBurgh song, Don't Pay the Ferryman.
This album absolutely blew me away. I've noted in another review that I'm a fan of medieval history and fiction, and listening to this album was very much like reading one of Sharon Kay Penman's novels, in that it transported me back to a time when "carpet" could be found on walls instead of floors.
As usual, there are beautiful ballads here; Something Else Again and Quiet Moments evoke strong romance. But the crown that sits atop this recording, and is the cause of the 5 stars, is the title song itself. Seven+ epic minutes of one of the finest stories I've ever heard put to music. True, the song tells the story of the Crusades, and we all know today that the Crusades (and Crusaders) truly had little honor, but this story/song tells it from the eyes of a Crusader, and does so beautifully. Every time I hear the musical interlude which is meant to represent the battle itself, I can feel and see the scene as if I were a participant. I've always thought it a shame that this song wasn't put to video, for if done correctly, would put even Michael Jackson's Thriller to shame.
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