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Posted: 25 Sep 08, 13:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was reading some posts on the board and somebody asked about The Cross. I realized that I hadden't listened to those records in years so I started to play them and was really enjoying them. And suddenly it came to me. I really liked The Cross from the beginning it's was just fun, not to difficult but pure fun. But how come I like The Cross but felt that TCR was disappointing. And listening to The Cross I found the simmilarity between those Cross records and TCR very big. It's all in the name. The Cross was a hobby band purely for fun reasons Queen is a standard on another level. But it's not that much better then the second and third Cross album. Are there more Queenzoners that regocnised the simmiliarities between The Cross and QPR?

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Posted: 25 Sep 08, 14:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Markman38 wrote:

I was reading some posts on the board and somebody asked about The Cross. I realized that I hadden't listened to those records in years so I started to play them and was really enjoying them. And suddenly it came to me. I really liked The Cross from the beginning it's was just fun, not to difficult but pure fun. But how come I like The Cross but felt that TCR was disappointing. And listening to The Cross I found the simmilarity between those Cross records and TCR very big. It's all in the name. The Cross was a hobby band purely for fun reasons Queen is a standard on another level. But it's not that much better then the second and third Cross album. Are there more Queenzoners that regocnised the simmiliarities between The Cross and QPR?


Yeah, there's definitely similarities - SUSO being one, but I think you hit on something bigger. By still using the Queen name, it helps the band in some ways but hurts it in others. It helps with record and concert sales, but it also burdens the band with the constant comparisons to Queen. If they were called Three Old Codgers, I doubt they would be getting the scathing reviews and the venomous responses from some fans. But then again they wouldn't be selling nearly as much. It would be tough for Brian and Roger to start playing clubs again under a different name after having the world at their feet for most of their life, so I guess the name decision make sense. Also, the live show benefits from the Queen name - it's what, something like 90% classic Queen stuff? Much more interesting than Three Old Codgers running through their solo stuff!

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Posted: 25 Sep 08, 14:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, I too was listening to the solo career of one Roger Taylor just last night, spinning Fun In Space, Strange Frontier, and then the first Cross album.

That was a tough two hours.

I can't even compare the two, Roger/Cross vs. C-lebrity. That's all I have right now, not the full LP. First off, Roger's solo stuff always left the impression that someone either just finished or is now handing Roger the second verse to sing. Then the third. So let's not even compare the lyrical content.

But the instrumentation is what really got me. I could have been in Roger's band. And no, I've already checked... my ego pedal is OFF. Those guys sucked. Even David Richards... if he did play 50% of the instruments on Strange Frontier.

Just my opinion, though.

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Posted: 25 Sep 08, 16:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The first thing that came to my mind when I heard C-Lebrity was... "This is a Cross song!"

The rest of the album isn't that much in the same style, but nevertheless it is of lesser quality than the Queen name implies.

Like it has been suggested, using that name is a double-edged sword:
It helps to bring in the audience, but it also forces that audience to compare the album to Queen albums... And it doesn't come out very well in that comparison.