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Cross & Ross - Bored Civilians + Bonus

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: GreenTree,Walhalla etc
  • ASIN: B004INJGQE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,276 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"You know the album is WAY left of the dial when [...] doesn't feature any substantial information about it (and) Wikipedia ... doesn't even have a stub for the album or the artists who created it" (John Seay, bhamweekly.com - on Cross and Ross, "Bored Civilians")

Cross and Ross were not exactly following trends in releasing this, their only album in 1972. Keith Cross played with Bulldog Breed and T2, the latter apparently a British cult rock band in the early 70's. His compadre, Peter Ross (Richard Thompson, Hookfoot) was slightly more unknown, even back then.

Also featured on this recording are artists with a pedigree such as Peter Arnesen, Brian ("B.J") Cole, Jimmy Hastings, Nick Lowe, Dee Murray and Chris Stewart.

The music is classic 70's rock, replete with folk influences and soft-round-the-edges production values. It takes the best elements of the likes of Plainsong and McDonald & Giles, amongst others, and "blends them, sips them, sweats them".

Contrary to what has sometimes been posted on the internet, the nine tracks from the "Bored Civilians" LP plus the A & B sides of a single release (that's the bonus) are readily available on CD for less than £15, mainly from Germany for some reason. It's a bargain.

"This is one of those recordings made for one listener at a time. Okay, maybe two if it's you and your girlfriend having a Zen moment ... Damn cool album. Enjoy."
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This gorgeous album has slipped through the proverbial cracks and that is a tragedy. One of the best acoustic / vocal albums ever to come out of England. Fans of Sandy Denny, McGuinness Flint (1st two albums), Ian Matthews, Gay and Terry Woods - Tender Hooks, Fuschia, Eclection, Fotheringay, Rare Bird (Epic Forest, Born Again) and others, please take note: Here is an album you will play over and over and over. Note the cover version of Fotheringay "Peace in the End", an absolute beauty. Packed with great songs and exquisite production, Bored Civilians is a true classic. Snap this up at once!
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Housed in a dreadful sleeve (front and rear) that gives no indication of the mellow musical brilliance that's contained within - our songwriting heroes KEITH CROSS and PETER ROSS saw their hugely accomplished 1972 platter on Decca Records disappear without a trace on release. In fact as a long-time collector myself and rarities buyer at Reckless Records for nearly two decades - I can remember seeing this album in secondhand racks in the Eighties and Nineties when you couldn't give it away. Nowadays of course it's been rediscovered and clocks in a princely £300+ on the collector's market. And re-listening to it on this gorgeous-sounding April 2014 CD remaster (Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2441 - Barcode 5013929454149) - it's easy to hear why that amount of money is being exchanged whenever it comes up for sale. The cliché of 'lost classic' immediately jumps to the fore - and in my mind - Reissue of the Year too (52:34 minutes).

Some background first - Lead Guitarist Keith Cross had been in the hard-rocking British band BULLDOG BREED who made a lone album on Decca's Progressive Rock label imprint Deram Nova in January 1970 called "Made In England". Cross then left to form T2 who put out a similarly blistering hard-rock effort shortly after (July 1970) called "It'll All Work In Boomland" on Decca. So those expecting more of the same genre when Cross teamed up PETER ROSS of HOOKFOOT would have been in for a short sharp shock with their combo-credited effort "Bored Civilians". Musically it's more Matthews Southern Comfort meets Help Yourself circa their first Folky LP meets Elton John's "Madman Across The Water". There's elements of Nick Drake, Smith-Perkins-Smith, CSYN, Brinsley Schwarz and Caravan too coming out of these beautifully recorded tracks.
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HASH(0x9faae0d8) out of 5 stars A Fantastic Lost Nugget 11 Feb. 2011
By J. Merritt - Published on Amazon.com
There was a time when Keith Cross was thought to be the new Clapton. Alas, his career did not follow that lofty trajectory, but if nothing else he can hang his hat on this one great album. Recorded in 1972 after he left the progressive outfit T2, "Bored Civilians" is a sumptuous and beautiful amalgam of Loggins & Messina, Simon & Garfunkel, and folk/prog pedigree. That mixture might be hard to fathom, but these guys achieved it for one brief, shining moment. Then, they were never heard from again. Highlights include "The Dead Salute," the cover of "Peace to the End," the title track, and particularly the soaringly gorgeous "Fly Home." And the bonus tracks are a nice treat. I suggest sampling a couple songs on youtube ("Fly Home" and the title track are definitely available, as of this posting), and see what you think. If polished, lushly arranged early 70's pop/folk is your thing, I'm willing to bet you're gonna wanna ante up and find a copy of this. I paid handsomely off ebay for mine, and I don't regret a penny of it.
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HASH(0x9f9974a4) out of 5 stars Excellent Civilians 26 Mar. 2012
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Great sample of 70' Prog Folk, two gifted musicians meet to one excellent job. Lost treasure for all proggers. 2X5 stars, not less.
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HASH(0x9f456d38) out of 5 stars bored civilians cd 17 Feb. 2011
By Mikki C. Gary - Published on Amazon.com
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although this cd isn't readily available considering it's age and the fact it was, and still is an import for us in the USA, it is amazingly good and even without the nostalgia motivation [i bought an imported record in 1972].I was willing to pay an extreme,by today's cd prices,amount and waited a year and a half for an available copy.The cd I received was an excellent duplication.I would highly recommend this cd or vinyl to anyone who appreciates high quality old rock and roll, it's amazing for it's age and amazing even for today's music.
HASH(0x9f5cd0b4) out of 5 stars Beautiful release! 10 Jan. 2016
By peter trisonic - Published on Amazon.com
I come from the same town as Keith Cross; Shenfield, Essex, England and remember seeing him with T2. I was with Decca too and remember this particular album when it first came out. Alas I lost the vinyl first cut pressing along the way.... “Bored Civilians” was amongst my Top 5 releases in 1972. Super record!
HASH(0xa094d21c) out of 5 stars A great album. 29 Aug. 2014
By mothyinuk - Published on Amazon.com
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I had the original LP of this after finding out they played on the Prog Rock album T2. A great album.
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