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Crack The Sky

Progressive rock group Crack the Sky was formed in the Ohio River Valley region in 1975 by frontman John Palumbo, guitarists Jim Griffiths and Rick Witkowski, bassist Joe Macre, and drummer Joey D'Amico. According to the website at www.crackthesky.com, the band was originally dubbed ArcAngel, building a loyal following on the Cleveland and Baltimore club circuits before signing to the Lifesong label to issue their self-titled debut LP, which earned critical acclaim for Palumbo's acerbic lyrics and the songs' complex structures and time changes. Commercial reward was minimal, however, and after completing Crack the Sky's second LP, 1976's Animal Notes, Palumbo exited to pursue a solo career. D'Amico assumed lead vocal duties on 1978's Safety in Numbers, with singer Gary Lee Chappell featured on the Live Sky release. Crack the Sky then disbanded, but in 1980 Palumbo, Witkowski, and keyboardist Vince DePaul briefly reformed the group to record the White Music album before again dissolving. Palumbo then formed another new lineup for a series of albums including Photoflamingo, World in Motion I, and Raw before reuniting with Witkowski, D'Amico, and DePaul for a series of 1986 live dates at the Baltimore club Hammerjacks and eventually a new 1989 studio LP, From the Greenhouse. Dog City followed in 1990, and Crack the Sky infrequently reunited throughout the decade to come. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Animal Notes / Safety In Numbers

1. We Want Mine

2. Animal Skins

3. Wet Teenager

4. Maybe I Can Fool Everybody

5. Rangers At Midnight

6. Virgin...No

7. Invaders From Mars

8. Play On

9. Nuclear Apathy

10. Long Nights

11. Flashlight

12. Lighten Up McGraw

13. Give Myself To You

14. A Night On The Town (With Snow White)

15. Safety In Numbers

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Track List: Crack The Sky

1. Hold On

2. Surf City

3. Sea Epic

4. She's A Dancer

5. Robots For Ronnie

6. Mind Baby

7. Ice

8. I Don't Have A Tie

9. Sleep

10. Let Me Go Home (A Visit To The Projects)

11. Eileen, I Lean On You

12. Hold On

13. Dr. Octopus (Part 2)

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Was there in 1986 @ Hammerjerks with Don H. and Scott C. on the front row, Don (bass player) talked us into going just because of a dude named Cary Ziegler. He made us sit in front of him at the show,and i'll tell ya I grew up with the album crack the sky while in middle school , I was 22 at the show, AND IT WAS AWESOME!
Look up CARY, he also played with Paul Reed Smith /Band of a Thousand names. He should get some credit here.
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glenneparker
ANY CRACK HEADS OUT THERE? ....... Look around facebook they have a page ..... AND YES THEY STILL PLAY SHOWS A FEW TIMES A YEAR! ...... I've had the privilege of Hangin' with the band whatta a GREAT Bunch of Guys! ..... so down to earth, It just blew me away! ..... I even said To Ricky Witkowski ..... Dude, for Me , This is Like Meeting the BEATLES while shootin' the breeze eatin some breakfast at our Hotel after the last Show ...... They are SOOOooo Modest .... SO REAL!... NO POSERS HERE!
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Rangers at Midnight great song. Been a Crack Head since the 70's
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Been rocken sense I herd there for the frist time way back in the day been a crack head for years lol
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glenneparker
CRACK THE SKY IS ALIVE AND WELL! Fortunate enough to see John Palumbo's Project ..... JOHNNY CHILL awesome ..... chill versions of Crack the Sky Classics!
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milosdad
Some of us in Texas loved these guys. Always great records kick back to. Pretty good live as well.
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There is an article in Rolling Stone magazine it's called 20 Rock Album's Rolling Stone Loved in the 1970s That You Never Heard. Crack The Sky was second on the list. I just read it online.
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Good evening boys and girls..dis band has come all the way down from an acid trip just to play for you..please welcome, crack the sky.
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Crack the sky at club 66 the best!!!
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I worked at hammerjack's all through they -80-'s sean all of them. MISTIC FORSE ,and a lot of them went to NEW YORK some did good some not so good, but CRACK THE SKY was always my favorit.
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Truly an underated band! Great musicianship ! ! !
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One of my all time favorite albums is Live Sky. Will never ever forget the Ed Sullivan intro...pric e l e s s .
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CTS just played in Sellersville Pa. What a GREAT time from the 2nd row!
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John Palumbo and his family used to be my neighbors when they lived in Maryland.
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Look pretty here comes yourself...g r e a t band ...
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Look pretty here comes yourself ...awesome band ...
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I got turned onto crack the sky back in 1978.. Thought they rocked then. Even the old stuff sounds better than alot of the s**t that is coming out now. Rock on!!
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One of the best underated 70's bands!!
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Love Crack The Sky! Agreed, way ahead of their time..... should have been so much bigger than they were but those in the know get it, hidden gems for us!
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Grew up in Baltimore, and have seen them at least 6 times. From the Greenhouse I believe is their best album.
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william.e.ha r r o d 0
They always claimed that Baltimore was Their second home. No one here mentions some of their best stuff like "Ice" and "she's a dancer". Great music.
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Not all of the music I grew up with me, but it was great music in the 70's and it has stood the test of time. I've since moved from the Baltimore area, and now Nashville is getting an introduction . Spread the Crack!
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Grew up listening to this band in the Rochester NY area in the 70's. They are still as awesome now as then.
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gtburgie
TIME & TIME &TIME AGAIN...Crac k the Sky has ALWAYS been way too ahead of time.!!!. but never the less a BRILLENT group altogether.! ! ! !
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Their logo was all over my n.w pa high school in the early 80s.live sky...awesom e !
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No bands today could even cover a Crack The Sky song !
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europoljuice 7
They were WAY before there time!!!!
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I fell for Crack the Sky because of Safety in Numbers, by far my favorite of all the Crack albums.
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I am only fifteen and i have seen crack the sky five times between club 66, ramshead, powerplant, and the recher theater!! The ROCK!
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Got the albums, Checked out the You Tube stuff, hope these guys will tour again. They havent played in Cleveland in years. :(
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Great group - theyre still going! Been with them ever since Animal Notes. Agree, more cuts should be on here, including Palumbo's solo stuff, Cruel Shoes, and The Precious Brothers. Band website is http://www.c r a c k t h e s k y . c o m /
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can we get some to the more current stuff? Pleaseeeeeee e e e
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michaeljisaa c
Saw them recently for a benefit in Balt. Still great band and a bunch of great guys.
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Hot Razors in My Heart!!! I have loved this band and the other renditions of it all the way to Band of 1,000 names. Funny I didn't see Carey Zeiglers name anywhere in the biography I know he was late to the game (& a bit of trouble as I recall) but he is a great bass player.
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jmiller784
Please add the rest of the discS. Almost 40 years of music in the buisness you only play from 2 cds. You are really missing out!!!!!!
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sales25628
It was a bridging of generations when I took my 15 year old son to see one of his "old man's" favorite bands. He absolutely loved Crack The Sky! And I peeled off 32 years and rocked like a 21 year old again..what a night at Power Plant. Need more discs..White music, Live Sky, Cut, and Machine too. Saw them at "The Hollywood Palace" in Catonsville back in day. Root Boy Slim and the Sex-Change band opened...we all booed him off the stage! Anybody else remember those days?
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familyderome r o
Surf City- here come the sharks.....C r a c k the Sky is playing Ramshead live in B'more in April. Its been many years, can't wait.
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Terrific stuff!! Admittedly, I was not very familiar with them until recently. CTS deserves much more attention and recognition than they have been given.
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dan59023
Awesone band...I saw them in their hayday a couple times at Painter's Mill Music Theater in Owings Mills, MD before it burned down and at HammerJacks. I think they still play in Baltimore at the Recher theater once in a while. I felt fortunate to be in one of the cities where they were really popular. Living here, you would have never known they didn't have national recognition. Had they been with a better label, they could have been huge, which I'm sure was very frustrating.
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where's "white music" ??, it's my favorite CTS!
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Great group .... saw them 5 times. I think part of their problem in getting more recognition was their label and John being a bit hard headed. Kind of funny that he's a psychiatrist now, in the Philly area I do believe. I met him once in the infield at Pimlico, out with the family listening to the bands playing as the horses ran. Silly me lost his autograph ..... but did that with Gene Roddenberry' s too, DOH.
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rodgertc
Amazing vocals.
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mediapup
Saw them at Hammerjacks back in the day. Check out Crack Attic, Ice is my favorite.
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jpwats83
Saw CTS in Memphis in the late 70's. Was at the Ritz, a small place that brought in a lot of great acts. A great show! I recall they did "I am the Walrus" as the encore. We had a local college station that played them and a lot of other groups you'd never hear on commercial radio. I miss WLYX(FM89). It seems CTS still plays locally in the PA/MD area. Would love to see them again. Come to Atl, Ga. BTW, local radio sucks in Atl. Thanks to internet radio, qtherwise I'd still be listening to vinyl
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These guys rented a hall in Wintersville and practiced there all summer so I got to see them all the time what a great time I think it was 1977
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wow never new there were some many "crack heads" around met my best friend over some crack at the grand canyon R.I.P tim
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The Live Sky tour in 79 was one of the most incredible live rock shows ever! One of the greatest prog rock bands of all time!
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wow- i thought my small group of friends in central NJ were the only fans. There was a high school bathroom stall that mysteriously had the "Crack the Sky" lightning bolt logo way back in 1979!
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phenomenal band, deserves WAY more airplay than they get. recently most of the original lineup returned and still kick a** after all these years. check out their last studio record, "the sale" and re-mastered "alive and kickin' a**"
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Why isn't "from the Greenhouse" in the rotation? Its great album!
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