I was looking forward to this release since original bassist Joe Macre was back in the fold for half the tunes. I had to pitch down his track to do it. In closing, I want to encourage any music fan to go out and buy this release. I encouter this alot at the Record Store I work at. Looking at the line-up there is 50% of the original members in the list that produced the 70s albums who made the band's fame.
November in 1981, Crack The Sky played four sold out shows at Painters Mill Music Fair. Not only are the writing and vocals pristine, they add elements such as clapping and backing vocals that take this song from normal to off the charts. Best wishes, Dean Prescott Bend, Oregon. It applies perfectly to the very next track. I tried to copy that logo on my notebook maybe a million times, but I never got it quite right. Enjoy and support this wonderful band! All of the 12 songs on this collection are really solid. If something comes up, I put it down somewhere.
I was one of many in on the ground floor in the mid-70's with their first release, Crack The Sky. They were full-blown productions with mostly all keyboards on them, and Bobby and I would take them and flesh them out. I have listened to this album already half a dozen times and I could listen 20 more times and not get bored. Clever and amusing, of course. Regardless, the album is bound to be praised by longtime fans and may likely win over some new ones in the process.
There are still people to this day who think Crack The Sky is from Baltimore. But poor distribution and promotion from their fledgling label kept them from success — except in Baltimore, Maryland, where a surplus of records happened to be shipped just as their album was receiving radio play. Our society is making this even more likely to happen these days. It is infectious as all get out. Hello John, I kind of disagree. No one who knows the band would think that was Crack The Sky. Clearly, these guys push the envelope when it comes to crafting a song.
If you had one of the black baseball shirts with the white Crack The Sky on it, you were definitely a music aficionado. Crack The Sky are masters at synthesis and fusion. I was very impressed with that debut then and have subsequently tracked all their releases throughout the years. Well, I grew up in that era. This song is catchy as hell and is about the first time the band heard their song on the radio.
The bottom line is this, does this album rock? One man's opinion, but I wonder if anyone else will hear it. There are 12 mid-tempo compositions around the 4-minute mark best described as indifferent rock. There is so much to discover on this disc. The event was sponsored by 98 Rock and it was an extravaganza. They could be the mad scientists of the music world. People not liking albums before giving the album a chance. It is, admittedly, hard to imagine someone hearing this album and being as taken with it as Holden was with Crack the Sky in 1975 — or, for that matter, as this reviewer was the first time he heard that album in 2015.
I was sitting behind him, or was he sitting behind me? Mettler: I read that you were a fan of Steely Dan. They used to play all the local haunts at least once a year for a run. I know now that Crack The Sky is from West Virginia, but for years I thought they were a local Baltimore band. I think this release is a powerful addition to their varied and lengthy catalog. If I have to pick a favorite track right out of the gate, I would have to pick.
I often feel like I am living life in reverse. When you can run the gamut that way both sonically and emotionally, it makes a record so much more entertaining. Their songs clock in at around four minutes each, not exactly what would be considered prog. They are masters at taking unusual sounds and incorporating them into songs. Palumbo: Well, the first album I ever got, my mother bought me.
It has some great rockers on it. He does have to sign off on it and we have gone back and forth on a few things, but in general, we have a pretty good relationship. Your music collection and ears will thank me. I went to one of the shows and it was a major musical event. Basically, we were on an audio exploratory mission. Several fairly heavy songs, sure.