Is the first album by the Cross the best because it has the most Roger songwriting participation? I never bought any of the Cross albums even though I do have all the solo releases by the guys. Whats it like, this Cross stuff?
My Best Friend wrote: Is the first album by the Cross the best because it has the most Roger songwriting participation? I never bought any of the Cross albums even though I do have all the solo releases by the guys. Whats it like, this Cross stuff?
No it isn't, IMO. 'Blue Rock' and 'Mad, Bad And Dangerous To Know' are much better.
Mad Bad is the best album in terms of the musical direction, but unfortunately, (the CD being my only source) the mastering is very poor - you have to turn the volume WAY up and then EQ it to get any decent sound.
Blue Rock is stunning though - Life Changes is the best track by any of the Queen members (solo or as Queen) to emerge after 1982.
Shove It is one of the best albums I have in my collection. It doesn't sound at all like five pathetic and bored rockers with too much money. On the contrary, The Cross are five fine musicians at the top of their game. Freddie Mercury should have been honoured to get a cameo. Actually, I was so blown away but the album that I didn't even notice Freddie until a friend pointed it out.
shove it has some good songs on it but also some of the worts songs ever written in the history of music(with capital m).
i bought blue rock 2 weeks ago so i can judge it well.btw it seems to be a decent record.same for mad bad etc
Shove It is awful, but then there's a kind of naivity about it, considering that Roger had just come off of the back of Radio Ga Ga and AKOM. The material for shove it had been lying around in Roger's posrtfolio for some time (post-Strange Frontier) and it was a way for him to release that tension. Setting up a new band was a big gamble because large majority of Queen fans at the time immediately thought that Queen had dis-banded.
Cowboys And Indians is just about listenable, but the rest is shite (Feel The Force is worth seeking out on the widely available CD if for no other reason than it's Star wars references).
CAn anyone tell me why Shove it is the only Cross album still available? Isn't it ironic that it is considered the worst Cross work? Luckily I found a Blue Rock CD some years ago in a shop, and a vinyl Mad Bad and dangerous to know on eBay...
And yeah, I love the wicked willy waitress... especially Brian's guitar on that one!
Blue Rock is hard to find as I'm sure it was never released in the UK although it was released in Europe (w. English sleeve). I got mine in France.
I was very lucky to find MBADTK at a music fair on CD for £10. A couple of months later I saw that it was being advertised for £100.
I have in mu collection the album Shove It and I have to say it´s different from any other Roger´s creations. I think it´s not the best work of this great drummer but it isn´t bad at all, I also have some songs from Mad, Bad And Dagerous to Know and they are better, specially a song called Heartland who was supposed to be released on the Life Changes single but it was withdrawn due to Freddie´s death. From "Blue Rock" (the last album released by The Cross) I only have a song called "New Dark Ages", I have to say it sounds pretty good... but you know it´s a matter of likes or dislikes. I recommend you to listen to The Cross it´s not bad at all