1979 Christopher Cross – Christopher Cross

Christopher Cross is the self-titled debut album by Christopher Cross, released in December 1979. Recorded in mid-1979, the album was one of the early digitally recorded albums, utilizing the 3M Digital Recording System. In 1981, it won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, beating Pink Floyd’s The Wall and it has been noted for being one of the most influential soft rock albums of the late 1970s and early 1980s. That Album of the Year Grammy was bestowed upon its producer, Michael Omartian.

Tracks

1  Say You’ll Be Mine (Christopher Cross) 02:58
2  I Really Don’t Know Anymore (Christopher Cross) 03:53
3  Spinning (Christopher Cross) 04:06
Never Be The Same (Christopher Cross) 04:46
5  Poor Shirley (Christopher Cross) 04:25
Ride Like The Wind (Christopher Cross) 04:35
7  The Light Is On (Christopher Cross) 04:11
Sailing (Christopher Cross) 04:18
9  Minstrel Gigolo (Christopher Cross) 05:54

Musicians

1 Say You’ll Be Mine

BassAndy Salmon
DrumsTommy Taylor
Guitar (solo)Jay Graydon
GuitarChristopher Cross
Acoustic GuitarChristopher Cross
PianoMichael Omartian
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsNicolette Larson
VocalsChristopher Cross


2 I Really Don’t Know Anymore

BassAndy Salmon
DrumsTommy Taylor
Guitar (solo)Larry Carlton
Acoustic GuitarChristopher Cross
PianoMichael Omartian
SynthesizerRob Meurer
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsMichael McDonald
VocalsChristopher Cross


3 Spinning

BassAndy Salmon
DrumsTommy Taylor
GuitarChristopher Cross
CelesteRob Meurer
Electric PianoRob Meurer
PianoMichael Omartian
SynthesizerRob Meurer
VibraphoneVictor Feldman
PercussionVictor Feldman
VocalsValerie Carter
VocalsChristopher Cross


4 Never Be The Same

BassAndy Salmon
DrumsTommy Taylor
Guitar (solo)Jay Graydon
GuitarChristopher Cross
Acoustic GuitarChristopher Cross
Electric PianoRob Meurer
PianoMichael Omartian
SynthesizerRob Meurer
VibraphoneVictor Feldman
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsStormie Omartian
Background VocalsMyrna Matthews
Background VocalsMarty McCall
VocalsChristopher Cross


5 Poor Shirley

BassAndy Salmon
DrumsTommy Taylor
Guitar (solo)Christopher Cross
OrganRob Meurer
PianoRob Meurer
PercussionLenny Castro
VocalsChristopher Cross


6 Ride Like The Wind

BassAndy Salmon
DrumsTommy Taylor
Guitar (solo)Christopher Cross
Acoustic GuitarChristopher Cross
Electric PianoMichael Omartian
PianoMichael Omartian
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsMichael McDonald
VocalsChristopher Cross


7 The Light Is On

BassAndy Salmon
DrumsTommy Taylor
Guitar (solo)Larry Carlton
GuitarChristopher Cross
Acoustic GuitarChristopher Cross
Electric PianoRob Meurer
PianoMichael Omartian
SynthesizerRob Meurer
PercussionLenny Castro
PercussionVictor Feldman
Background VocalsDon Henley
Background VocalsJohn David Souther
VocalsChristopher Cross


8 Sailing

BassAndy Salmon
DrumsTommy Taylor
GuitarChristopher Cross
Acoustic GuitarChristopher Cross
Electric PianoRob Meurer
PianoMichael Omartian
SynthesizerRob Meurer
PercussionVictor Feldman
VocalsChristopher Cross


9 Minstrel Gigolo

BassAndy Salmon
DrumsTommy Taylor
Guitar (solo)Eric Johnson
Acoustic GuitarChristopher Cross
PianoRob Meurer
SynthesizerMichael Omartian
SaxTomas Ramirez
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsMichael Omartian
VocalsChristopher Cross

Liner Notes

Producer – Michael Omartian
Producer (Assistant) – Michael Ostin
Arranged By – Christopher Cross, Michael Omartian, Rob Meurer
Arranged By (Horns, Strings) – Michael Omartian
Concertmaster – Assa Drori
Engineer – Chet Himes
Engineer (Second) – Stuart Gitlin
Mastered By – Bobby Hata
Mixed By – Chet Himes

Artwork – Danny Henderson, James Flournoy Holmes
Design – James Flournoy Holmes, Jim Newhouse

Designed At Wonder Graphics
Mastered At Warner Bros Recording Studios
Mixed At Warner Bros Recording Studios
Recorded At Warner Bros Recording Studios
Recorded At Pecan Street Studios
Phonographic Copyright Warner Bros Records Inc
Copyright Warner Bros Records Inc