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Howard Jones / Cross That Line reissue

3CD+DVD deluxe • Coloured vinyl

Howard Jones‘ 1989 Cross That Line will be reissued as a four-disc deluxe edition in October.

Jones’ co-produced his fourth studio album with Ian Stanley, Chris Hughes and Ross Cullum – the Tears For Fears’ backroom boys – and it featured the singles The Prisoner and Everlasting Love. The latter was quite a big hit in America (#12) and the former still got to number thirty. It was sadly a different story in the UK, where all momentum had been lost due to the poor chart performance of the singles from 1986’s One to One.

The 3CD+DVD reissue (there is no other CD-based format) looks great, with a wealth of bonus remixes, instrumentals, edits and more – 22 of them previously unreleased. The DVD – NTSC, region-free – features an interview with Howard and promo videos.

There will also be a limited edition 140g silver-coloured vinyl. This features album-only.

Cross That Line will be reissued on 9 October 2020.

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Cross That Line 3CD+DVD

CD 1

1. THE PRISONER
2. EVERLASTING LOVE
3. POWERHOUSE
4. LAST SUPPER
5. CROSS THAT LINE
6. OUT OF THIN AIR
7. GUARDIANS OF THE BREATH
8. FRESH AIR WALTZ
9. WANDERS TO YOU
10. THOSE WHO MOVE CLOUDS
11. MODERN MAN
12. THE BRUTALITY OF FACT
13. POWER OF THE MEDIA
14. POWERHOUSE (DANNY D 12” EDIT)

CD 2

1. THE PRISONER (ALTERNATIVE 7″ MIX)*
2. EVERLASTING LOVE (JULIAN MENDELSOHN MIX)*
3. MODERN MAN (EARLY MIX)*
4. POWERHOUSE (7″ INSTRUMENTAL MIX)*
5. FRESH AIR WALTZ (EARLY MIX)*
6. THE PRISONER (THE PORTMEIRION MIX)
7. RUBBER MORALS
8. HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS?
9. POWERHOUSE (DANNY D 7″ EDIT)
10. THE PRISONER (US 7″ EDIT)**
11. EVERLASTING LOVE
(ORIGINAL MIX – AKA THE INSTITUTE MIX)**
12. CROSS THAT LINE (EARLY MIX)*
13. POWERHOUSE OF LOVE (EARLY MIX)*
14. THE PRISONER (AC EDIT)*
15. POWERHOUSE (DANNY D ACID MIX EDIT VERSION 1)*

* PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
** PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED DIGITALLY

CD 3

1. EVERLASTING LOVE (INSTRUMENTAL MIX)*
2. THE PRISONER (BATTERY STUDIO MIX 1)*
3. POWERHOUSE (7″ ALTERNATIVE MIX)*
4. EVERLASTING LOVE (JULIAN MENDELSOHN TV MIX)*
5. THE PRISONER (ORIGINAL ALBUM MIX)*
6. CROSS THAT LINE
(MARQUEE REHEARSAL 18TH JUNE 1988)*
7. POWERHOUSE (MARQUEE REHEARSAL 18TH JUNE 1988)*
8. RUBBER MORALS (TV MIX)*
9. EVERLASTING LOVE (ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTE MIX)*
10. THE PRISONER (INSTRUMENTAL MIX)*
11. POWERHOUSE (TV INSTRUMENTAL MIX)**
12. EVERLASTING LOVE (808 MIX)
13. POWERHOUSE (DANNY D ACID MIX EDIT VERSION 2)*
14. EVERLASTING LOVE (PETER COLLINS MASTER MIX)*
15. POWERHOUSE
(ALTERNATIVE ALBUM MIX – AKA DANNY D DELAY MIX)*

* PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
** PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED DIGITALLY

DVD (NTSC/REGION FREE)

1. INTERVIEW WITH HOWARD JONES MAY 2020:
– CREATING “CROSS THAT LINE”
– TRACK BY TRACK COMMENTARY
2. EVERLASTING LOVE (PROMO VIDEO)
3. THE PRISONER (PROMO VIDEO)
4. EVERLASTING LOVE (ALTERNATIVE VERSION)
(PROMO VIDEO)

Cross That Line silver vinyl LP

1. THE PRISONER
2. EVERLASTING LOVE
3. POWERHOUSE
4. LAST SUPPER
5. CROSS THAT LINE

SIDE TWO
1. OUT OF THIN AIR
2. GUARDIANS OF THE BREATH
3. FRESH AIR WALTZ
4. WANDERS TO YOU
5. THOSE WHO MOVE CLOUDS

48 responses to Howard Jones / Cross That Line reissue

  1. Andrew says:

    With a DVD, disappointed that there is not a high resolution Stereo mix or a 5.1 mix

  2. william says:

    Wow! this is pretty inexpensive for a 4 disc set like this. I would definitely be getting this.

  3. DLG says:

    Looking forward to this – love this album. A bit concerned about the mastering; I bought Cherry Red’s Dream Into Action 3-disc set, and the sound is loud and muddy. Especially in comparison to the 2010 box sets that Howard oversaw and reissued personally via his DTOX label. I have the first 2, but not the big one with Cross The Line.

    So I’m in…just hope the sound is better than their prior HJ reissues.

    • Daneil says:

      I would disagree and say that, so far, the Cherry Red editions sound better than the Dtox remasters. The Cherry Red certainly have less clipping on them and sound much closer to the original albums. The Dtox editions have been cleaned up too much and remove some of the atmosphere, some tracks are more narrow sounding and some are lacking ambience (most noticeably on the slower piano tracks). Also the Dtox remaster of “Cross That Line” have The Prisoner and Everlasting Love mastered at the incorrect speed. I have been told that this has been corrected for the forthcoming reissue.

      Not all of the Dtox remastered editions are bad, all 3 discs of “The 12” Album / Action Replay Remastered Editions” box set, “Specially Selected Live Tracks” and “In The Running” sound great.

  4. Todd says:

    I’m looking forward to this – a terrific album well expanded with the writing information to back it up. So many things came from this period, including Mr. Jones’ first step into classical/instrumental pieces (he would later expand upon in two solo piano albums) and a much more mature writing style. (“Last Supper” is just wonderful). “Powerhouse” always seemed like a missed opportunity – and the remixes here (and the few previously released on Mr. Jones’ own reissue series) show that. Can’t wait to dive back in.

  5. TIMOTHY LEACH says:

    Hi Paul:
    Will this be offered by the SDE shop? As a resident of Canada I can’t order it from amazon.uk and it’s unlikely that any shops here will carry it.

  6. Charles C. Cotham says:

    These Howard Jones sets are great! I’ve never been that huge a HJ fan – his Elektra best-of totally satisfies me – but these are such a good balance of content vs price, that I’m seriously tempted to plunge in and get all four so far. If they release the next album, In the Running, this way, I’m sure that’ll be the clincher. In The Running was a flop, but it did produce a minor Top 40 US hit with ‘Lift Me Up’ that got some VH1 airplay.
    As an aside, this was the Howard Jones album that was out during my senior year in high school, and “Everlasting Love” and “The Prisoner” were modest hits and the former especially was a strong presence on VH1 and MTV. I was completely unfamiliar with Jones at the time, but he clearly stood out compared to whatever else was floating through the charts and I eventually bought Cross That Line on cassette (the only one of his proper albums I ever owned). These sets are serious temptations to take the plunge into his body of work, even if it’s several decades late.

  7. Karsten says:

    @Kauwgompie
    Yes, this means that you are not in the UK and amazon.co.uk does not ship these CDs outside the UK. There used to be that note in the lines of “This item cannot be shipped to your country” but these days the amazon offer isn’t even shown in those cases to us outside the UK anymore.

    • Koen says:

      I pre-ordered this two weeks ago already ay CheeryRed website. I believe they ship worldwide!
      By the way, I’m not living in the UK and still can order from Amazon UK without problems…

    • James says:

      AmazonUK won’t even display most of the upcoming releases if they ping you from overseas – you constantly have to change your postcode to a UK one just to have a gander.

  8. Greg says:

    I played the bejesus out of this CD when it was released. It was a significantly better record than One To One. I remember HJ saying at the time that The Prisoner was the best single he’d recorded, and that he was hugely disappointed that it didn’t do better in the charts, especially with a video that had ground-breaking effects.

  9. Luke says:

    That’ll be the 3CD1DVD version for me then, just like One To One.

    • Neil says:

      There is no other option apart from the vinyl whereas previously these were available as 2 disc sets. See it’s went up another £2 as well.

  10. joel ivins says:

    since we in the us cant get amazon uk orders again, I am thankful that there are import sites like zoverstock and a few others that sell on amazon us for around the normal price

  11. Jabber says:

    For those in the U.S. the Udiscover website has 25% of everything (including box sets), plus free shipping in the U.S. (for products under $200) thru 31 July.

    https://shop.udiscovermusic.com

    • Kauwgompie says:

      With 25% off that site is comparable to other sites. You should never pay full price at Udiscover. The 25% off is a marketing scheme. I have checked it out several times, for the instances that I looked at, it was never cheaper than the regular Amazon price even with 20 or 25% off. Not trying to be Debbie Downer, just keeping it real for everyone.

  12. mike says:

    Aargh. ever since the track listing for this excellent looking set was released two weeks ago, i was waiting for this. Good day to decide to be phone free!

  13. Mike Dowell says:

    I really dig this album. It is definitely different than the first two but there are a lot of great songs on there. I’ve missed out on the other remastered so hopefully I can get this one.

    Paul have you heard if they are going to reissue the first two but sets?

  14. Kauwgompie says:

    2nd attempt. This is great news. Will get this for sure. Good job by Cherry Red, lots of mixes and instrumentals. Hopefully they will issue 5.1 mixes of Human’s Lib and Dream Into Action at some point too.

    Did anyone notice there is something weird going on with Amazon.uk? A lot of recently released box sets and cd’s are only showing for sale by market sellers, not Amazon UK. Normally that means it is out of print but all of these fairly recently released box sets cannot be out of print. For instance, Iggy Pop’s Bowie Years shows for sale for £61.51 by RareWaves and there is no price for Amazon listed. It also says the lowest price is £52.69 but when you click on that, it shows the lowest price as £61.51. That is a different issue but strange nonetheless. Both issues have been going on for several months.

    A small sampling of other recent box sets that show no Amazon UK price (only market sellers price) are:
    -David Bowie – Conversation Piece
    -Public Image Limited – The Public Image Is Rotten
    -The Hotrats – Turn Ons
    -Alan Parsons Project – Ammonia Avenue
    -The Ramones – It’s Alive
    -Nick Kamen – The Complete Collection

    Anyone know what is going on?

    • Zero says:

      Looking forward to the answer to this…..

    • John McCann' says:

      Talking of nick kamen, did anyone ever find out his whereabouts Thea’s days?

    • Neil says:

      Amazon.uk are a mess in the sense that every time i search for something that i know is on there i can never find it. I have lost count how many times i have had to come back here to use the link from the widget to find stuff. Getting back onto the subject of Cross That Line it’s been on Amazon for a few days now at £24.99 and then it suddenly drops to £18.99 and then in no time the price jumps back up again unbelievable honestly.

    • RJS says:

      Top right hand side of the product page shows the link to buy direct from Amazon. I checked three of those quoted in your post and Amazon is selling them all directly.

    • Derek Langsford says:

      Kaugwompie, I don’t know the answer but have noticed the problems you cite. Also it appears no music items can be shipped to the USA now (at least none of the multiple items I have in my shopping basket or saved for later). I am waiting for them to get back to normal programming with a functioning website, and shipping outside the UK at reasonable prices. I hope it goes back to normal. My shopping patterns will have to change if they don’t.

  15. Jan says:

    Already gone up 6 quid!

  16. Don says:

    There’s an entry for the CD version on Amazon US, but no price info, and it says they have no idea when it will be available. Hopefully it’s just a delay between the announcement, and Amazon getting all the details.

  17. Warren says:

    I’ve never heard this album but I bought the first three and at that price it would be nuts not to give it a go. Hope it’s better than One to One which I felt was a bit bland overall. Having said that he was always going to struggle to compete with the first two seeing how strong they are.

  18. Steven Roberts says:

    I wish Cherry Red would give similar love to the back catalogue of Mr. Nik Kershaw.

    God knows it needs it – the expanded editions of the first two albums that Universal did about a decade ago were frankly sh*te.

  19. Pete says:

    Great price considering that you can’t get any of the previous three for less than £20.

  20. paul crook says:

    On an unrelated note the Tears for Fears boxsets for The Hurting and Songs From The Big Chair are at an unbelievable price in the HMV sale. The Hurting is 24.99 Songs 29.99.

  21. Gareth Pugh says:

    Such a pity this album didn’t fare better in the UK – it absolutely deserved to with (IMHO) a stronger set of songs than One to One and great singles. This might be my favourite of all his WEA era albums for me. I never understood why they let Powerhouse rot on a promo and in the vaults and not actually put it out as one of the singles – whilst dated now, in the time of tracks like Conduct, Yazz and the Plastic Population and S’Express’s hits (which this was) it could very well have done the business and possibly seen him back in the top 40. Fresh Air Waltz (a ballad) was penciled then cancelled for a third UK single – not sure that would have reversed his fortunes so much. I’ll be very interested to hear what Howard says on the new DVD interview about the album – from comments in interviews down the years, I always got the feeling he was a bit mixed about it…

    • Gareth Pugh says:

      ‘Conduct’ LOL sorry, bloomin’ autofill, I mean ‘Coldcut’

      • mike says:

        I would agree entirely but the problem was it was 1989, Powerhouse even in the hands of Dancin’ Danny D, sounded very 1988 (when all those tracks were hits)!!

        • Gareth Pugh says:

          LOL curses! You might be right Mike. I do recall the promo 12″ of Powerhouse was sent out around November ’88 according to Howard (in his old fan club mag) so I’ll give Danny D that. I remember his mum (ran the fan club at the time) writing to me saying the original marketing plan for CTL was to have released two singles in very quick succession (about 6 or 7 weeks apart), Everlasting Love in July 1988 and Powerhouse in August (and that Power of the Media was going to have been the latter’s B-side – ended up as the 12″ extra track for Everlasting Love). Other trivia IIRC was that Howard had wanted Those Who Move Clouds to be the title track but WEA refused and asked him to think again, and that at one point Phil Collins had offered to produce Everlasting Love but then hadn’t time. With new unreleased mixes by Peter Collins and Julian Mendelsohn, that single looks like it had a more complicated gestation than even that…

  22. Grant Riggs says:

    Great, love this HJ album. Hope they keep coming.
    Thanks Paul.

    • Gareth Pugh says:

      Totally agree with Grant. I’m particularly hoping the series makes it as far as the fifth and final WEA album ‘In the Running’. That to me is slightly the ‘lost’ album for me – ‘lost’ in the sense of not knowing anything near as much about it as the other four. It came out at that interim period after his fan club magazine Risk had ended but the internet was still a few years off, and the print media had totally lost interest in covering or talking to him. So to this day, I don’t know much about Howard’s thought processes, or creative processes, that went into those 10 tracks or the album as a whole (e.g. the choice of title etc) simply because there was nowhere doing the job of that sort of illuminating! That will be an interesting Deluxe as that ere yielded no 12″ singles (as in either ‘formats’ or ‘mixes’) – like a-Ha and many other artists at that time, he moved away from that culture a bit, at least for a time. He’s kind of back there now in the Transform era, though!

  23. Musicoloog says:

    Great deluxe edition…it seems all versions are there!
    Really love this series of HoJo deluxe editions. No disappointments and…quite cheap!

  24. Mark Carter says:

    Really looking forward to this Paul!

  25. Eamonn says:

    Pretty good package for an album that bombed!

  26. Richard Fisher says:

    Fantastic! Thanks Paul.

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