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Christopher Cross - Sailing
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Christopher Cross - Sailing

This has been a favorite of mine since I was a wee lad. I recently purchased the CD and although I really don't like the CD overall, the song Sailing is amazing.

Also the recording quality and mix is noticeably better on Sailing.

The song writing and mix on Sailing are up there with some of the best that I've heard.

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Funny enough, when I met my wife, she asked me what my favorite song of all time was, I said Sailing and she fell out of her chair.
It was her's too.

Incredible song and production.

Avant did a nice remake as well.

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Funny enough, when I met my wife, she asked me what my favorite song of all time was, I said Sailing and she fell out of her chair.
It was her's too.

Incredible song and production.

Avant did a nice remake as well.

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My first girl crush and me held hands after we both found out that our favorite song on the radio was Sailing. So many good memories. This song has magic in it, not sure how but it does.
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This has been a favorite of mine since I was a wee lad. I recently purchased the CD and although I really don't like the CD overall, the song Sailing is amazing.

Also the recording quality and mix is noticeably better on Sailing.

The song writing and mix on Sailing are up there with some of the best that I've heard.


Agreed it's one of the best cuts ever!
Engineered by one of my best friends Chet Himes.
Best Regards, JT
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Yeah, there's something really blessed about this song
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Re. Sailing, nice kick drum accent @ 1.29, not something you hear often these days. I see the track was 'one of the first digitally recorded songs to chart, utilizing the 3M Digital Recording System' (Wikipedia).
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I prefer Ride Like the Wind from this album. Overall he's a bit too easy listening for my taste.
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This record Swept the 1981 Grammy Awards with 6 wins!
Just sayin' ...JT

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Agreed it's one of the best cuts ever!
Engineered by one of my best friends Chet Himes.
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Sent Chet Himes a red P3S ME a long time ago, never heard back, lol
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This record Swept the 1981 Grammy Awards with 6 wins!
Just sayin' ...JT
And well it should. Yes he's "easy listening"....but like David Gates, he's terrific and sounded like nothing else on the radio at the time.

Gorgeous strings....real unlike most today...made a huge difference.

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Check Alan Parsons "On Air" CD, a track called "Heaven is so far away" featuring Christopher Cross on vocals.

Absolutely gorgeous!
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This record Swept the 1981 Grammy Awards with 6 wins!
Just sayin' ...JT
Chris Cross was huge, it's hard to overstate the impact of his debut record ... after a second tepid album, and a guest appearance or two, he disappeared without a trace - fastest rise and fall I can recall in my lifetime.

An interesting bit of trivia: Christopher Cross was an established electric guitarist in Texas for many years before "making it", he sold Duane Allman the Les Paul Duane used in later years - that was Chris's guitar. The hookup was made through Billy Gibbons. Who knew?
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The strings are the work of Clause Ogermann, a veteran of many great recordings under his own name as well as in partnership with Michael Brecker ,Bill Evans, and Jobim - to name a few.

Along with Paul Buckmaster, Clause was a huge step up from the usual Hollywood/NY, boiler-plate string arrangers.
Yes Claus is a legend, his outside string arrangements on Diana Krull's "Quiet Nights" album is one of my favorites.
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The light vocal sound, the words, the strings, the wind chimes - everything about this song takes you to the place he's singing about.

Great tune. Great production. Great art.
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"Sailing" has always posed an interesting challenge for me. (As in "what-makes-a-hit-song?" challenge.)

While the song itself is nice, and Cross's voice is pleasing, well-recorded, and captures the sentiment, it was producer Michael Omartian (I believe) who came up with the timelessly beautiful ostinato that frames the song.

So I wonder--would it have been a hit without that? Would we have ever heard of the album without the gorgeous arrangement?

I don't think it was the lyrics. I liked the song from the first time I heard it--but I wasn't really listening to the lyrics and when I heard "the canvas can do miracles" I assumed he was singing about art!

So it was something else.

I think the first thing that pulls you in and rivets your attention in this song is the part Christopher Cross didn't do. Maybe the most important factor in any "hit" is an inspired producer?
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The light vocal sound, the words, the strings, the wind chimes - everything about this song takes you to the place he's singing about.

Great tune. Great production. Great art.
Yup, spot on
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Re. Sailing, nice kick drum accent @ 1.29, not something you hear often these days. I see the track was 'one of the first digitally recorded songs to chart, utilizing the 3M Digital Recording System' (Wikipedia).
That Wikipedia quote is what got me interested in getting the cd. The strange thing is it seems to be contradicted by this Mix Online article: Classic Track: “Ride Like the Wind,”Christopher Cross | Mixonline
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Absolutely great track and one that made me obsessed with chorusing on guitar.

On a side note though - strange but true:

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Re. Sailing, nice kick drum accent @ 1.29, not something you hear often these days.
There's another one at 2:03.

Could it be that it's - wait - a REAL drummer?

Sounds like a fast comp/limiter on the kick (1176?).
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Don't forget that Chris's song Arthur's Theme won the ~Oscar~ for Best Original Song in 1981 as well.
His second LP Another Page, while not equal to his first, still was awarded RIAA Gold.
High quality music, first rate engineering and mixing by Chet Himes.
Best, JT
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Christopher Cross came out of nowhere with a beautiful voice, great sounding mixes and good songs. The first album did not have a picture of the artist. As soon as the "romance" audience (that loved the music) got a look at Christopher, they seemed to lose interest. I think they felt they had been deceived. That is my memory of events. If he had looked like Paul McCartney or Rick Springfield I think he would have had a much longer string of hits.
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Christopher Cross came out of nowhere with a beautiful voice, great sounding mixes and good songs. The first album did not have a picture of the artist. As soon as the "romance" audience (that loved the music) got a look at Christopher, they seemed to lose interest. I think they felt they had been deceived. That is my memory of events. If he had looked like Paul McCartney or Rick Springfield I think he would have had a much longer string of hits.
Yep. I remember Chris making a comment to that effect in the early '80s. He knew he wasn't the "rock artist" or "pop artist" type. But the production on his songs was top-notch.

I also remember the kerfuffle about how "Ride Like the Wind" sounded an awful lot like "Steal Away" by The Doobie Brothers.

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I remember seeing him on some type of MTV cribs or some special and man, this guy still had it.
He bust out his guitar and did a song and I instantly smiled.
He's just got it period.

Classic song for a classic artist.

It really warms my heart to see so many people touched by this song.

Keep it going.

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I also remember the kerfuffle about how "Ride Like the Wind" sounded an awful lot like "Steal Away" by The Doobie Brothers. Steve
Do you remember that other kerfuffle about how "Steal Away" by Robbie Dupree sounded like much like "What a Fool Believes" by the Doobie Brothers?
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Do you remember that other kerfuffle about how "Steal Away" by Robbie Dupree sounded like much like "What a Fool Believes" by the Doobie Brothers?
Ah, yep. I thought I had that wrong. But that's how much they sounded alike, I guess!

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Christopher Cross came out of nowhere with a beautiful voice, great sounding mixes and good songs. The first album did not have a picture of the artist. As soon as the "romance" audience (that loved the music) got a look at Christopher, they seemed to lose interest. I think they felt they had been deceived. That is my memory of events. If he had looked like Paul McCartney or Rick Springfield I think he would have had a much longer string of hits.
Really? Sounds like an excuse to me. There were planty of non-conventional looks artists in those days - Alison Moyet, Meatloaf, Bonnie Tyler. I think he just lacked enough 'hit' material.
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Ah, yep. I thought I had that wrong. But that's how much they sounded alike, I guess!

Steve
Right!-- similar rhythmic chord comping and chord voicings.
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