Showing posts with label Christopher Cross. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christopher Cross. Show all posts

Sunday, 24 January 2010

All right - Christopher Cross

At the time of its release in February 1983, I thought that Christopher Cross's 'All right' was one of the dullest songs on the planet. But 27 years later, you can see that I've changed my mind. The fact is, these days it's hard to find any melodic pop songs anymore and it's good to be able to travel back to the early Eighties via singles like this.

'All right' is a track from the album 'Another page', also released in 1983. It reached number 16 in the Dutch Top 40 and number 51 in the UK singles chart.

My collection: 7" single no. 4453
Found: Kringloop, Lisse, January 23, 2010
Cost: 0,7 euro
Tracks: 'All right' / 'Long world'

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Ride like the wind / Sailing - Christopher Cross

'Ride like the wind' was Christopher Cross's debut single in 1980. It was a track on his self-titled debut album and featured backing vocals by Michael McDonald. Christopher Cross dedicated this song to Lowell George, formerly of the band Little Feat, who died in 1979. The single reached number 69 in the UK singles chart.

On this German 'oldies' single, it is coupled with 'Sailing', a later single by Christopher Cross which is described here.

My collection: 7" single no. 2568
Found: November 26, 1995
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'Ride like the wind' / 'Sailing'

Friday, 16 October 2009

Sailing - Christopher Cross

Christopher Cross released his debut album in 1980. 'Sailing' was released as the second single from that album, and was a great success: it reached number 1 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Meanwhile, it reached number 48 in the UK singles chart and number 18 in the Dutch Top 40.

The song won a Grammy Award in the US for 'Song of the year' and 'Arrangement of the year', while Cross won the 'Best new artist' award.

My collection: 7" single no. 2479
Found: Flea market, Den Haag, October 14, 1995
Cost: 1 guilder
Tracks: 'Sailing' / 'Say you'll be mine'

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Arthur's theme (Best that you can do) - Christopher Cross

'Arthur's theme' was written in collaboration between Christopher Cross, pop music composer Burt Bacharach and his frequent writing partner Carole Bayer Sager. A fourth writing credit goes to Minnelli's ex-husband and Australian songwriter Peter Allen, also a frequent collaborator with Bayer Sager.

The single was taken from the soundtrack of the movie 'Arthur' starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minelli. It reached number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, number 7 on the UK singles chart. It was one of the first songs I recorded from the radio with my new tape recorder which I got for my eleventh birthday. Almost 28 years later, I've got the single!

My collection: 7" single no. 3932
Found: Record Exchange, London, August 5, 2009
Cost: 30p
Tracks: 'Arthur's theme (Best that you can do)' / 'Minstrel Gigolo (edit)'

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