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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Lifesong
  • ASIN: B00134LHE0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Listen to this CD and wish you were lucky enough to see them in their hey day.
K Rogers
So in conclusion, if you're a fan of 70's prog-rock, hard rock, rock/funk fusion, or just great ROCK 'N' ROLL, YOU MUST ADD THIS ALBUM TO YOUR COLLECTION!!!
T. Kasuboski
This is a great start to their careers and covers quite a vast array of their styles and talents.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Eric J. Hradecky on January 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Crack the Sky was an oddity in an odd sub-genre, Prog-Rock. CTS specialized in overblown guitar based epics that herk and jerk all over the map! A drummer buddy of mine turned me on the band in our sophomore year of high school, 1975. He loved them because of the constent time-changes in the songs. I grew to love them because of the over-powering guitar work. And Palumbo's voice was (and remains) hypnotic!

I highly recommend this record. If you want to dip your toe into the water of mid-70's Prog-Rock, here is your record, er, CD. Also try Animal Notes/Safety in Numbers, very nicely packaged together. Animal Notes being CTS's second release and Safety number three.

If you like other Prog-Rocker's of the time {Lamb and earlier Genesis, ELP, Yes and Wakeman's solo stuff, Rick Derrenger and Rundgren's Utopia} I'm sure you'll love Crack the Sky's first through third records!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By T. Kasuboski on March 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The first time I heard this LP, I expected to be impressed. I wasn't impressed, I WAS SHOCKED, FLOORED, and BLOWN-AWAY!!!! Style-wise, CRACK THE SKY sounded remotely like a mix of Queen, Stardust-era Bowie, Yes, and lots of jazz/funk groups. The rad thing about CRACK THE SKY however, is the fact that while you can hear similarities between them and other groups, they don't actually sound like any other band. Their style is fiercily unique and their production values exceed the very best rock groups of the 70's. Also, lyrically CTS absolutely rule(just check out "Robots For Ronnie" or "Let Me Go Home" or "Sea Epic"). The guitar work on this album is amazing and will be appreciated by fans of jazz, hard rock, funk, and even metal. The album is also quite a treat when you have a buzz going!!! So in conclusion, if you're a fan of 70's prog-rock, hard rock, rock/funk fusion, or just great ROCK 'N' ROLL, YOU MUST ADD THIS ALBUM TO YOUR COLLECTION!!! Blow your friends away with a band which should have been a household name.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Evans on July 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Crack the Sky is probably the best band that nobody ever heard of. Their first album was the Rolling Stone "Debut Album of the Year" in 1975.

Quirky, BEATLE-esq chord and timing changes, completely original. Great cuts: "Hold On", "She's a Dancer", "Surf City", and my favourite, "Ice". If you were in the Baltimore area in the mid 70's, you already know this band.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Williams VINE VOICE on February 3, 2005
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I remember buying this album when it first came out. Quirky, strange, weird. But... Some of the most original music ever. Fun definately not PC lyrics. I have missed this great studio album since someone broke my yamaha turntable years ago. I have the live cd's but nothing can match the magic of this first studio work. Luckily, it is occasionally available here at amazon, so old fans can enjoy and new fans can be made.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Vintage TV Dude on January 6, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I just have to get this off my chest. I've wanted to say this for a long time.

Yes, this is my favorite American band. But who's in charge of their early discography for their CD releases? Their debut album reduxed? Just give me the whole original album unedited. Give me bonus tracks if you wish, but leave the original album alone! Don't substitute vocals! It's like changing rock history.

Now I have all of their early music on vinyl and I have the 2fers for both the first album and "White Music" on CD as well as "Animal Notes" and "Safety In Numbers". But if I want to hear the "whole" album of one of these, I have to dig out the scratchy records!

Why can't Lifesong just put out the original product for the devoted fans of this band?

Both 2fers sound like they were remastered from a non-Dolby cassette tape. There is so much hiss and it's been so poorly remastered that once again, I have to get out the vinyl if I want to hear a cleaner and full version of these albums. Are the original master tapes lost?

You don't even get all of the songs that appeared on the original albums on these 2fers. You get "selections". That's a rip-off.

This band doesn't deserve this and the fans don't either. In many ways, I used to consider them the "American Beatles" for their excellent creativity, originality and their humor and still do.

The best representation of their early work out there right now is "Crack Attic". But once again, some of those tracks sound muddy as well.

Let's petition Lifesong or John Palumbo to give us what we fans want - clean individual CDs with all of the songs that were remastered from the original master tapes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David C. Freeman on January 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD
A band of extremely talented musicians putting out a classic album that was classically overlooked due to poor marketing by Lifesong, a small, underfunded record company. This is one of those albums where every song is worth a listen to, over and over again. Although they had several lineups throughout the years, this was undoubtedly the best. Especially appreciated by any decent musician who will note the complex timing and rythym changes, when played loud, you are hearing the best of the 80's Rock. You can hear all their influences, The Beatles, Yes, ELP, Weather Report, Billy Cobham, they took it all to form their own alternately rocking, funky, thoughtful, hooky and intelligent sounds. Reminiscent of Living Colour in the 90's, they have a small but faithful following of fans with a discriminating ear. Although some of the songs sound dated, they are dated in a way the Beatles older stuff is, old but still worth listening to even today. In fact, some of their styles are now coming back into fashion, not unlike....fashion.
Also engineered on a top-notch level, especially for the time, they were voted best new album of the year by Rolling Stone when it emerged initially. Too bad Lifesong sucked as promoters or they'd be in the R&R Hall of fame for sure. for ANYONE who loves good, REAL rock and Roll, excellent musicianship and intelligent lyrics, this is a must have for your collection. anyone I have played this for cannot believe these guys were not up there next to Van Halen at the Stadiums. One of the few groups who could play their studio music, in all its complexities, just as well live. Thats! a rarity in itself. Friends, Romans and Countrymen, Lend your ears! to...Crack The Sky!! It will Crack Your Skull.
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