Songs for the Planet Earth (1992) - pretty easy answer, honestly. This show had everything - the best snare line ever, a hornline that brought top 6 quality, and a visual program that even then had some pretty cool and interesting moments. However, the 90 seconds from "Puma" are what elevates this show from great to legendary. Some of the most amazing stick heights ever. There is some early season VHS footage on YouTube of the drumline, and there was a *lot* more going on that the brass covered up in the broadcast! Even this year, Claudia Taylor Johnson HS played Under the Sun and Puma - they're still in the high school band rotation.
Late Night Jazz (2001) - While 2002 had perhaps meatier charts, by Finals their scorched-earth approach to brass had been considerably watered down. The 2001 show has all kinds of music - Blues jazz, bright jazz, slow jazz and latin jazz. Fire Dance, in particular, is an all-time closer; if your feet aren't tapping by the end, you don't like music.
(Edit: Holy Cow - how did I forget this?!?) New York Voices (1990) - such great music. Everything else takes a back seat to the charts here. Brilliantly done! If you *do* like music, check this one out.
The Colors of Jazz (1997) - Old school - three tunes, stuck together. Light fuse, stand back, watch fireworks. The 97 version of Birdland to me is their definitive one. Energetic, driving and much louder than the CD's / videos give them credit for. I saw this show live, and it was blast-your-face-back loud. Niner Two also worked brilliantly as their closer as it built and built and built. Dat brass - amazingly clean throughout.
Not so Favorites
1995 - Symphony for Brass and Percussion was actually a good song. There's just nothing Crossmen-ish about it. In more recent years, reinventing yourself like that isn't so much of a problem with audiences (see Crown, Carolina), but at the time, it was not well received at all.
Planet X (2008) - Oh Aaron Guidry. It seemed like a brilliant match. Ronald Reagan's HS shows were spectacular, innovative and well-integrated. You'd think bringing it to the Crossmen and a top 17 brassline would have sizzled. I was *really* looking forward to this show - unfortunately, it never delivered like you'd think it would. The references to the various movements of The Planets are so ephemeral as to be wisps on the wind. Especially in modern DCI, I think a corps that tackled this approach would likely have more success (see Cavaliers 2017, for instance.)
(Based on those two, maybe the problem was that the Crossmen are just before their time sometimes!)