I was quite surprised when I came across this demo from Crossection. Their first album was actually a demo that got picked up by a label but I did not know there was a previous demo. I am assuming this was actually available for sale at their concerts through western Canada. This albums has a good raw feel and is not overproduced so it’s Rock & Roll sound and feel works. The band could have been a little tighter but it’s a light criticism of the album as I love the unpolished sound. If you enjoyed their 2 albums you should love this demo as it’s always nice to hear where a band came from. Only 2 tracks on this demo were released on their fist album so the other 8 are completely new tracks. I actually would have liked to have heard some of the new tracks in a fully polished and produced form because some of them are really good songs.
Tracklist 1 – Inside Out – 3:38 2 – Hard and Hungry World – 3:03 3 – Prodigal – 3:54 4 – Love Is Who You Are – 4:46 5 – Mercy – 3:57 6 – Things Aren’t The Same – 3:32 7 – Solid Rock – 3:14 8 – Child Of The King – 2:56 9 – Do Life Once – 2:36 10 – Forever Is Tonight – 3:36
Credits Arranged By, Keyboards, Vocals – Dale Johnson Bass, Vocals – Bruce Rawling Drums – Martin Zinger Lead Guitar, Vocals – Nevin Eggum Producer – Crossection, Carson Cole Vocals, Guitar – Doug Rawling
Companies, etc. Recorded At – Soundboard Studio, Sedgewick AB
The Rawling brothers are back with their second and last album as “Crossection”. It’s even better than their first album and I think if this album had been published closer to 1985 these guys would have been known to everyone who listened to CCM music. Unfortunately they were just a little late and as such they never received the credit they should have. This is a fantastic Pop Rock album with hints of Nightranger and Bon Jovi. It is not metal though you will read that in a few spots on the internet. I have no idea what album those people were listening to but it’s not any of the 3 Crossection albums I have listened to. The brothers did go on to do one more CCM album after this one using the moniker “Doug Rawling And The Fourth Watch”. Of course if your Canadian you’re probably well aware of their country music work up until this day. So if you missed this one in 1990 take a bit of time and give it a listen, you will not be disappointed.
Tracklist 1 – River’s Edge – 4:13 2 – Give It A Rest – 4:13 3 – Too Much Sadness – 4:28 4 – Touch The Sky – 4:30 5 – Fork In The Road – 5:08 6 – Where You Go – 5:14 7 – High And Dry – 3:12 8 – Tears For The Taking – 4:42 9 – I’m Missing You – 4:12 10 – Against The Grain – 6:11
Credits Dale Johnson – Keyboards, Vocals Nevin Eggum – lead & rhythm guitar, lead vocals Douglas Rawling – rhythm guitar, lead vocals Bruce Rawling – bass, acoustic guitar, lead vocals Martin Zinger – drums, vocals
Companies, etc. Manufactured For – Image 7 Music, Vancouver Phonographic Copyright (p) – Image 7 Music Inc. Copyright (c) – Image 7 Music Inc.
Crossection were a band out of central Alberta Canada. They actually released this album as a independent release in 1988 but Image 7 Records picked it up and released it in 1989. The album is self produced and usually this is not a good thing but this album is actually very well produced and engineered. My only criticism of the album is that it has several tracks over the 4 minute mark including a whopper at a few seconds short of 7 minutes. That said it’s not much of a criticism as the tracks are good and their length may actually be a plus to most people. Most of the tracks lean to arena rock but there a few that are more pop oriented. Their rock tracks are the best and they really could have had some real success had they just shown up a few years earlier. Unfortunately they joined the market at the start of what I consider it’s demise. They released another album the next year and it’s even better.
Tracklist 1 – Stephanie – 3:23 2 – Things Aren’t The Same – 3:28 3 – How Long – 3:35 4 – Heartbreak City – 3:00 5 – Shadow Land – 4:54 6 – What About Forever – 5:54 7 – Battle For The Minds – 5:31 8 – Cover Feelings – 6:54 9 – Love Is Who You Are – 4:28 10 – Break The Chains – 3:16 11 – If The Son Sets You Free – 4:15
Credits Arranged By, Keyboards, Vocals – Dale Johnson Bass, Vocals – Bruce Rawling Drums – Martin Zinger Lead Guitar, Vocals – Nevin Eggum Producer – Crossection Vocals, Guitar – Doug Rawling
Companies, etc. Phonographic Copyright (p) – Image 7 Records Inc Copyright (c) – Image 7 Records Inc Manufactured By – Image 7 Records Inc