Christmas Time Is Here
2014 - Christopher Cross Records
Music & Lyrics by Christopher Cross & Rob Meurer
©2014 Maraju Music (ASCAP) and Malaprop Music (ASCAP)
A Letter To My Children & V by Christopher Cross
©2014 Maraju Music (ASCAP)
Light the World by Christopher Cross and Stephen Bray
©2014 Maraju Music (ASCAP) and Braydio Music (ASCAP)
Produced by Christopher Cross
Light The World produced by Christopher Cross & Stephen Bray
Vocals & Guitars: Christopher Cross
Bass: Will Lee
Drums: Keith Carlock
Keyboards: Eddy Hobizal
Drums on We Will Remember You: Abraham Laboriel Jr.
Photography: Sandrine Lee
Album artwork: Sandrine Lee and Elisabeth Gesrel
Graphic Design: Nalani & Sarina Bolton, and Sandrine Lee
Production Coordination: Linda Callaway
Facebook Admin: Susan Epperly
Management: Toby Ludwig, 21st Century Artists
Mary Pfluger & Gary Keller for their invaluable guidance, support and friendship;
Mark Denby for his dedication to the music; to all the fans for their loyalty; and to my family for their love.
The Red Room, Austin TX; Avatar, New York NY;
The Hall of Supreme Harmony, Los Angeles CA;
Blue Rock Ranch & Studio, Wimberley TX;
Saturn Sound, Studio City CA
Mark Casselman, Jared Tuten, Kyle Crush, Roy Hendrickson, Gary Griffin, Charlie Lansky, Michael Verdick, John Potoker, & Steve Chadie with assistants James Campbell & Matt Hagerman
Mixed at The Red Room by Doug Rider
Mastered by Bernie Grundman Mastering
Strings conducted by Peter Bay
String arrangements: Chris Walden
String arrangement on Experiment: Rob Meurer & Chris Walden
Horn arrangement on Reverend Blowhard: Rob Meurer
Linguistics Consultant on Light The World: Sarah Mirza
Conspirare Youth Choir (Director: Nina Revering) on We Will Remember You: Sanjana Alamela, Urvi Alamela, Maya Borowicz, Ellen Gernert, Daryl Hale, Audrey Huber, Ella Jarnigan, Paxton Land, Caleb Melville, Jonathon Miller, Jacob Ordaz, Maya Ravi, Rose Ray, Ella Rutman, and Arielle Sher.
Violins: Molly Emerman, Joseph Smith, Victoria Paterson, Elise Winters, Leigh Mahoney, Bruce Colson, Richard Kilmer, Shana Bey, Tracy Seeger, Helen Bravenec, Beth Blackerby, and Jamie Desuatels
Violas: Bruce Williams, Jill Van Gee, Ames Asbell, and Martha Carapetyan
Cellos: Douglas Harvey, Sara Nelson, Anna Park, and Barbara George
Ⓟ & © 2014 Christopher Cross Records
All rights reserved. Unauthorized copying is
prohibited by federal law. Manufactured in the USA.
Eagle Rock/Eagle Records - 2013
1. All Right (Live At Theatre Le Trianon, Paris, France/2012) 6:21
2. The Light Is On (Live At Theatre Le Trianon, Paris, France/2012) 4:03
3. Leave It To Me (Live At Theatre Le Trianon, Paris, France/2012) 3:48
4. Everything (Live At Theatre Le Trianon, Paris, France/2012) 7:05
5. No Time For A Talk (Live At Theatre Le Trianon, Paris, France/2012) 4:51
6. When You Come Home (Live At Theatre Le Trianon, Paris, France/2012) 4:12
7. Minstrel Gigolo (Live At Theatre Le Trianon, Paris, France/2012) 4:02
8. Walking In Avalon (Live At Theatre Le Trianon, Paris, France/2012)
1. Sailing (Live At Theatre Le Trianon, Paris, France/2012) 4:42
2. Never Be The Same (Live At Theatre Le Trianon, Paris, France/2012) 4:47
3. Dreamers (Live At Theatre Le Trianon, Paris, France/2012) 4:00
4. Spinning (Live At Theatre Le Trianon, Paris, France/2012) 4:01
5. I Really Don't Know Anymore (Live At Theatre Le Trianon, Paris, France/2012) 7:54
6. November (Live At Theatre Le Trianon, Paris, France/2012) 3:37
7. Arthur's Theme (Live At Theatre Le Trianon, Paris, France/2012) 3:45
Edel/Ear Music 2011
All songs written by Christopher Cross and Rob Meurer
Produced by Christopher Cross
Recorded by Mark Casselmann in Pasadena, CA
Mixed by Doug Rider
Mastered by Bernie Grundmann Mastering
Production assistance by Linda Callaway
Strings and horns arranged and conducted by Chris Walden
Strings and horns recorded by Steve Genewick at Capitol Studios, Hollywood
Strings Contractor: Jules Chaikin
I'm Too Old For This
When You Come Home
Leave It To Me
Help Me Cry
Still I Resist
Poor Man's Ecstasy
©2010 Maraju Music (ASCAP) and Malaprop Music (ASCAP)
Christopher – vocals and guitars
Dave Beyer – drums and percussion
Mark Browne – bass
David Mann – soprano sax on "Rescue" and "Everything"
Michael McDonald – vocals on "Doctor Faith"
Eric Johnson – guitar on "Hey Kid"
John Thomas – piano on "November"
Eric Johnson appears courtesy of Vortexan Music
Recorded at Saucer Sound
Engineering: Kelly Donnelly
Michael McDonald appears courtesy of Chonin Records
Recorded at Amulet Music
Engineering: Gary Cirimelli
Management: Toby Ludwig at 21st Century Artists
Christopher uses Taylor acoustic guitars; Elixir Strings; electric guitars by Fender, Gibson, Tom Anderson Guitarworks and Rickenbacker; and Divided by 13 and Headstrong amplifiers
Dave Beyer uses Gretsch, Paiste, Gibraltar, Remo and Vic Firth products
Dave Clark for his friendship and support, Ralph Skelton and Allen Lane for technical support, Mike McGuire from Gibson Custom Shop for the Les Pauls, and a very special thanks to Rob Meurer for all the years of collaboration and creativity
This album is dedicated to Joni Mitchell for a lifetime of inspiration.
Edel Records - 2008
Christopher Cross Records 2008
The concept for this album came out of my shows in April of 2008 in the legendary Café Carlyle at the Carlyle Hotel in New York. Given the intimacy of the room – eighty seats – I presented the music in a more free, jazz-inflected style quite different from my traditional pop rhythm section format. It is that style which we have tried to recreate for you here.
My old friend and arranger, Chris Walden, has been wanting to produce an album for me in this manner for some time. Chris introduced me to these amazing musicians and the recording sessions were nothing short of magical.
I'm very pleased and excited with this approach to my work; I feel it presents the music with a freshness and honesty that lets the songs speak for themselves, while giving each player ample opportunity to bring his unique talent to the journey.
Produced by Christopher Cross
Recorded by Mark Casselman and Mixed by Doug Rider at The Red Room, Pacific Palisades, CA
Production Coordinator: Linda Callaway
Additional Recording by Terry Christian at Sound House, Franklin, TN
Production Coordinator: Suzy Martinez
Strings arranged and conducted by Chris Walden
Recorded by Al Schmitt, assisted by Charlie Paakkari at Capitol Studios,
Los Angeles, CA
Acoustic guitar: Christopher Cross
Bass: Danny O'Lannerghty
Piano: Michael Omartian
Traditional; Arranged by: Rob Meurer
© 2007 Malaprop Music (ASCAP)
CHRISTMASTIME IS HERE
Vince Guaraldi & Lee Mendelson
© 1966 Lee Mendelson Film Productions, Inc. (BMI)
THE CHRISTMAS SONG
Mel Torme & Robert Wells
© 1946 Edwin H. Morris & Company, A Division of MPL Music Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP)/Sony/ATV Tunes LLC, administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
DOES IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS
Christopher Cross & Rob Meurer
© 2007 Christopher Cross Songs (BMI)/Malaprop Music (ASCAP)
LITTLE DRUMMER BOY
Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati, Harry Simeone
© 1958 EMI Mills Music, Inc. (ASCAP)/International Korwin Music (ASCAP)
Accordion: Michael Omartian
Mandolin: Kenny Edwards
I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, Buck Ram
© 1956 Gannon & Kent Music (ASCAP)/Piedmont Music Co. (ASCAP)
Clarinet: Sam Levine
A DREAM OF PEACE AT CHRISTMASTIME
Christopher Cross & Rob Meurer
Dedicated to Mattie J.T. Stepanek
© 2006 Christopher Cross Songs (BMI)/Malaprop Music (ASCAP)
Additional Vocals: India Hughes, Missy Jamieson, Laura Sieling, Romi Messer,
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS INSTEAD OF SHEEP
© 1952 Irving Berlin Music Company/Admin. Williamson Music Co (ASCAP)
DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR
Noel Regney & Gloria Adele Shayne
© 1962 Jewel Music Publishing Co., Inc. (ASCAP)
Bass: Chazz Frichtel
Percussion: Scott Frankfurt
THE BEST CHRISTMAS
Steve Dorff & George Green
©1992 Warner/Elektra/Asylum Music/Dorff Songs/WB Music Corp (BMI)/Katsback Music (ASCAP)
Additional keyboards: Michael Omartian
HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS
Ralph Blane & Hugh Martin
©1958 EMI Feist Catalog Inc. (ASCAP)
Harmonica: Tollak Ollestad
O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL
Traditional; Arranged by: Scott Frankfurt
© 2007 Bleach Bros. Music (BMI)
All songs used by permission. All rights reserved.
Rhino/Warner Brothers - 2002
Enjoy all of the hits from Christopher Cross, that are digitally re-mastered. This special album also includes remixes of those favorites from Christopher's fourth album, Back of My Mind. A Warner Brothers/Rhino release.
Note: This album was released outside the United States, with a title of "The Definitive Christopher Cross". This album has dance remixes of "Ride Like the Wind" and "All Right", but is missing the songs from the Walking in Avalon album.
CMC International - 1998
Walking In Avalon, Christopher's seventh album release, is without a doubt his crowning achievement to date. Written and produced with Rob Meurer, and featuring multi-instrumentalist/co-producer Scott Frankfurt, the two-CD set is an utter delight for any connoisseur of intelligent popular music. CD one is a showcase for Cross' formidable vocal, instrumental, and compositional talents. This collection of perfectly-crafted songs explores celibration and aggravation, love and lust, focus and the lack thereof, the dreaded "R" word (relationships), the difficulty of hope, and some plain, good ol' storytelling. Never before in his career has Cross' music displayed more sophistication or his lyrics more pointed meaningfulness, yet a great sense of fun permeates the entire work. Amazing backing tracks created by Frankfurt and stunning orchestral settings by Jeremy Lubbock help to showcase the great Cross/Meurer songs as well as Christopher's hugely-underrated and consistently surprising guitar work.
The second album is a bonus for stalwart Cross fans, containing a 74-minute live concert recording in which Christopher performs virtually all of his earlier hits (including "Sailing," "Ride Like the Wind," "Arthur's Theme," and "Think of Laura") as well as a generous offering of his lesser-known but excellent mid-period songs. Through an very unfortunate printing error, the band credits for this concert were omitted from the CD notes. Besides Cross on vocals and guitar, featured are Rob Meurer (keyboards, dulcimer, vocals), Chas Thompson (bass, vocals), Gigi Worth (percussion, guitar, vocals), Kiki Ebsen (keyboards, vocals), and Jody Cortez (drums), with Joel Pe$kin on alto sax and a special guest appearance by Michael McDonald.
Note: Walking in Avalon is a double album package that contains Christopher's latest new studio album, and Greatest Hits Live album together. In late 1999, CMC re-released the package as two single album releases. The studio album is titled Red Room. And the hits live release is Christopher Cross - Greatest Hits Live.
Priority Records - 1994
1. Been There Done That
2. Wild Wild West
3. Wishing Well
4. Thinkin Bout You
5. Jan's Tune
6. Open Up My Window
7. Nature's Way
8. Uncharted Hearts
9. Before I Go
10. Love Is Calling
11. Save Your Sadness (Jan's Tune-Remix)
BMG Records - 1992
Christopher completes his break from the past with this, his fifth album, considered by many to be his finest collection of material to date. Available here for the first time in the U.S., this set of reflective, passionate songs stands as a shining labor of love. Written (primarily with Rob Meurer) and recorded during a time of intense personal and professional upheaval, Rendezvous presents a banquet of exquisite word-paintings set in a melange of captivating musical styles, sonically rich and rewarding. Featuring Christopher's current touring battery of Jody Cortez (drums) and Chas Thompson (bass) and also Eric Johnson, Larry Klein, Carlos Vega, Novi Novog, and two of the last recorded appearances of Jeff Porcaro. Contains the songs "Is There Something," written with Steve Dorff and Cynthia Weil, and the rocking "In the Blink of an Eye," both major hits abroad. Produced by Christopher Cross and Rob Meurer.
Reprise - 1988
A transitional work in the truest sense, this fascinating fourth album finds Christopher straddling the brightest pop work of his past and the soul-searching writing that was to dominate his albums to come. Songs such as "Swept Away," written with John Bettis and Steve Dorff for a special episode of the hit TV series Growing Pains, and "Never Stop Believing," with a fine vocal turn by Fleetwood Mac veteran Christine McVie, sparkle with the soaring excellence of Cross' earlier successes. But a new writing collaboration with long-time cohort Rob Meurer produces a handful of songs bursting with the promise of things to come - contemplative, engaging works such as "Alibi" and the haunting title tune, an approach to music which Christopher would make his own on future albums. Back of My Mind also features "I Will (Take You Forever)," a duet with Frances Ruffelle of Les Miserables fame. Another Michael Omartian production.
Warner Brothers - 1985
Christopher takes a decidedly different approach on this, his third album, by venturing forth (back, actually) into a harder-rocking place. This time, in a nod to his more raucous formative musical years, he takes back all the guitar chores for himself, showcasing the exciting, blues-based riffing that delights fans at his live concerts to this day. Enriched by new writing partnerships with renowned lyricists John Bettis and Will Jennings, as well as the solid rhythm battery of John Robinson (drums) and Joe Chemay (bass), Every Turn of the World sets forth an intriguing array of up-tempo styles and moods, and includes a couple of classic Cross ballads for good measure. Produced, once again, by Michael Omartian.
Warner Brothers - 1983
In his gorgeous second release, Christopher takes a long look at relationships and their dissolution. At once introspective and spirited, the songs display a maturing, deeply-felt range of expression, and are a clear progression from his earlier work. Another star-studded effort featuring Art Garfunkel, Carl Wilson, Karla Bonoff, Steve Gadd, members of Toto (including Steve Lukather and the late, great Jeff Porcaro), first-album alumni Michael McDonald, Don Henley, and J.D. Souther, and a slew of L.A.'s finest session players. Another Page contains the hits, "Think of Laura," "All Right," and "No Time for Talk," and the cassette release features the smash title tune from the movie, Arthur, "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)." Produced by Michael Omartian.
Warner Brothers - 1979
Christopher's landmark debut album, winner of five Grammy© awards, including Best Album, Best Song ("Sailing"), and Best New Artist. Emerging, to the pleasant surprise of the music-loving world, on the heels of the disco and punk eras, this collection of perfectly-crafted and impeccably-performed songs redefined the concept of melodic pop. Featuring the production and keyboards of Michael Omartian, as well as Christopher's original Texas band of Rob Meurer (keyboards), Andy Salmon (bass), and Tommy Taylor (drums), and a stellar host of guests, including Michael McDonald, Don Henley, J.D. Souther, Larry Carlton, Nicolette Larson, and guitar wizard Eric Johnson in his first national recording appearance. Besides the Number One "Sailing," this album contains th e hits "Ride Like the Wind," "Never Be the Same," and "Say You'll Be Mine."