Posted Friday, September 1, 2017 Review 1777531 A very enjoyable album, if not the best for Crack the Sky, ''Safety in Numbers'' has a bit of everything: prog epics and probably the best two songs of the album in ''Nuclear Apathy'' and the title track, outright rockers with perplexed guitar playing ''Flashlight'', ''Lighten Up McGraw'', ''Give Myself to You'' and mellower moments in the pleasant ''Long Nights'' and the rather disappointing ''A Night on the Town''. There were no previous band members on this album; the only other artist listed in the credits is Jamie LaRitz guitar. To put it mildly: you ain't heard anything quite like this before. Well right there you can see the ostrich connection. An uneven first try then, but this nicely ironic debut is just as technically enthralling as anything by your more serious-minded groups, and it's a genuine relief to find actual humour in the progressive rock genre that doesn't rely on the surreal or the fantastical. This album spawned such radio hits as All American Boy and Hot Razors In My Heart, and helped fans discover or renew their interest in the band. The first half dozen songs of this performance includes the opening songs from set lists of the past.
Crack The Sky, it seems, were the eccentric exceptions that prove this rule. This is a tour-de-force and again, I hear Crimson in the verses. However, it is progressive because that's how it's deemed, and I won't question this, after all the general consensus, is, after all, what makes a definition. Everything after that has been an exploration in different directions for the band while maintaining the core sound. It doesn't always work - sometimes the group overcook their formula to the point of silliness - yet when they do click, as on tunes such as the wonderfully absurd 'She's A Dancer', Crack The Sky really show their bones.
Originally fronted by John Palumbo, the group's initial lineup also included Jim Griffiths guitar , Rick Witkowski guitar , Joe Macre bass and Joey D'Amico drums. If you tell me otherwise I'll bury my head in the sand. There's not a dud to be found on this platter. I urge you to listen to them; preferably in order of the releases. I encouter this alot at the Record Store I work at.
Possibly spurred on by the overwhelming reception the band received at the Hammerjacks shows, he continued to work with the other band members, and eventually did other live shows at Hammerjacks as well as another local Baltimore club, Painters Mill before it burned down in 1986 and 1988. Maybe in terms of it being very up-tempo and almost punky. I like the drums and bass as well. After all Elton John still sounds like Elton John. The humor here is the flavor that brings interest to the music. I know that this is supposed to be an album review, but Crack the Sky is more defined by the array of unique styles that propagate through their music as opposed to individual album or track releases. After this album, John once again dissolved the band to pursue his own projects.
Title Writer s Length 1. Pity, then, that the five-piece are unable to fill-out an entire album with nuggets like these, as much of this debut album is divided between either the inspired or the insipid. Unfortunately, it never got promoted very well, and failed to catch on with the public. Was this a story on Fox news? This album received less-than-rave reviews from the critics and public, and today is one of the bands least well- known albums. The production is flawless and totally state of the art. The band played more shows at Hammerjacks in support of this album. Posted Sunday, October 28, 2012 Review 846454 The frankly non-existent sub-genre of danceable prog seemingly begins and ends with the brazen American outfit Crack The Sky, a short-lived group who somehow fused a funky art-pop sensibility onto their furiously-inventive pop-prog melodies - and got away it.
This is their funkiest record ever. They have 16 releases, which are all very very different. Deep, dope and funky to the max! Bass kicks off 3 or 4 songs on Ostrich including the lead off track. Sadly, the title tracks and accompanying lyrics sound extremely shallow, even for a 'traditional' rock album, leaving with little to take away. And yet the arrangements have so much ear candy I was expecting to see George Martin's name in the credits. The Patty Reese Band played a drummer-less show. There was a tour in support of the album documented on and , after which the band folded.
This just doesn't suit my poor tastes I guess. Oh, the pragmatic wonder of socially constructed concepts. For any fan that has seen them multiple times this is a very enjoyable aspect of the video. This disc includes two songs recorded at two of the Hammerjacks shows. These guys must be eating cornbread and collard greens these days.
They have zeroed in on a great mix of prog, new wave, and pop that manages to be both creative and accessible, and they have kept with that formula record after record. Very much a product of the 1970's but sounding like they both: a belonged to the eighties and: b had been piping a certain drug found in their name, this was a group who sought to add a touch of hysterically campy new-wave glamour to proceedings, blending the high-brow creativity of groups like Yes and Genesis with the playful pazzaz of David Bowie, Roxy Music et al. It's about a blow up doll. They recorded albums and played live shows with various personnel changes from the mid '70's until the late '80's. They played an original mix of quirky rock and roll with many time changes and switch-ups mixed in with a few Beatles-esque touches. I can't count the number of people I've talked to who saw Crack The Sky open for some band or other, and said that Crack basically blew the other band off the stage - that the headliner was a let-down after Crack played! Kudos to Palumbo and Co for giving the new guy so much air time. A low 3 stars as I'm just into commercial sounding music although there is one proggy track in my opinion.
Many bands that have been around for the same period have long lost their technical edge. The technical aspect of the music is sophisticated and complex. Maybe a little ToP in the choruses but by golly the guitar solo is pure vintage Rick Witkowski. After Live Sky the band put out a greatest hits collection in 1980 titled Classic Crack. I maybe should have checked out their debut first but it having been named album of the year back then by Rolling Stone Magazine certainly doesn't make me run out and buy it. Musically this one kicks off with mega bass, introducing new bassist Dave DeMarco, who I can only guess was a member of P-Funk in another life.