Title - 'A Night In Paris' (Eagle Rock)
Artist - Christopher Cross
'A Night In Paris' is the first 2CD/DVD live by Christopher Cross and was filmed at the notorious Theatre Le Trianon in Paris, France in April 2012.
After the release of the studio album Doctor Faith, Christopher Cross started one of his biggest tours in Europe in the last 15 years.
While the previous tours showed a more acoustic (at times even jazzy) approach, Cross decided that for the Doctor Faith tour he would go back to his musical roots and he expanded his band to a more classical rock line-up: Andy Suzuki (keyboards, sax), Dave Beyer (drums), Chazz Frichtel (bass, vocals), Kiki Ebsen (keyboards, vocals), Richie Gajate Garcia (percussion) and famous sound engineer Ross Pallone (Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper, Elton John).
The first CD opens with gentle handclapping for Christopher Cross to take the stage, which he subsequently does. Thanking them, in French, he then says it's great to be there in Paris, before launching into a complete band introduction. He then gently launches into the beautiful 'All Right,' which still sounds as great today as it did back then. Sure the power of the original pitched vocal punch is lacking, but what we're left with these days is still way more melodic than any of that current radio noise!
Moving along and next up is the tranquil 'The Light Left On,' before he intro's a song from the latest album, Doctor Faith, 'Leave It To Me.' The sedate 'Everything' is along next, before another oldie but goldie in the form of the delightful 'No Time For Talk.' 'When You Come Home' sways its way along, before a song from the first album, 'Minstrel Gigolo' is brought forth. The first disc wraps up with the sing-along 'Walking In Avalon,' before the second disc leads us immediately into one of his worldwide hits, 'Sailing.'
That bleeds seamlessly into the clap-along 'Never Be The Same,' with the beautiful 'Dreamers' backing it up. His acoustic guitar lulls us into 'Spinning,' sung along with Kiki Ebson before the gentle funk of 'Really Don't Know Anymore.' Then comes, for my money at all times, a needless perscussion solo from Dave Beyer and Richie Gajate Garcia, before we roll into the sedate 'November.'
The mega hit 'Arthur's Theme' is next, but weirdly the crowd only slightly clap as he begins to sing. As if they didn't think they knew it from the intro, but suddenly did with words, but felt charged enough to start to clap, but quickly gave up disgraced with themselves thereafter! Anyway, that said, it's not a cutting edge version and lacks a lot of the original punch. Played alongside the sax of Andy Suzuki, Cross' acoustic guitar work is fine, but feels underwater here, sadly.
Cross thanks the audience for coming out, and introduces the song that started it all off for him back in the day, 'Ride Like The Wind.' He thanks Paris, the entire band again, says goodbye in French and is gone. Coming (quickly) back for the one encore song, 'Say You'll Be Mine,' it is the perfect way to end the show. This wonderful box-set comes with a DVD of the night too! Filmed by 9 cameras in HD, it doesn't feature any additional songs not included on the CDs, but it is a delight to behold nonetheless.