Crack the Sky (Crack the Sky album)

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Crack the Sky
Studio album by Crack the Sky
Released 1975
Recorded 1974–1975
Genre Progressive rock
Rock
Length 35:41
Label Lifesong
Producer Terence P. Minogue, Marty Nelson, William Kirkland
Crack the Sky chronology
Crack the Sky
(1975)
Animal Notes
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars Link
Robert Christgau B−[1]

Crack the Sky is the debut album by American rock band Crack the Sky, released on LP in 1975 (see 1975 in music) by Lifesong Records (catalog #LS-6000).

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by John Palumbo. 

No. Title Length
1. "Hold On"   3:00
2. "Surf City"   3:54
3. "A Sea Epic"   6:33
4. "She's a Dancer"   3:54
5. "Robots for Ronnie"   4:39
6. "Ice"   4:36
7. "Mind Baby"   4:32
8. "I Don't Have a Tie"   3:04
9. "Sleep"   7:48

Personnel[edit]

The band[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Terence P. Minogue — Producer
  • Marty Nelson — Producer
  • William Kirkland — Producer
  • Donald Puluse — Recording and mixing engineer
  • Terry Cashman — Executive producer
  • Tommy West — Executive producer
  • Stan Kalina — Mastering engineer
  • Vinny Adinolfi — 2002 CD producer
  • Elliott Federman — 2002 CD remastering
  • Ted Brosman — Tape master

Additional credits[edit]

  • Recorded and mastered at CBS Studios, 52nd St., New York
  • Recorded at Columbia Records Studio, 32nd St., New York (orchestra on "Ice")
  • Recorded at Minot Sound Studios, White Plains, New York ("Sleep")
  • Susan Senk — Cover coordination
  • Mary Walsh — Front cover photography
  • Benno Friedman — Back cover photography
  • Bob Heimall — Art direction and design
  • Danny Palumbo — Major domo
  • Petillo Strings — Acoustic guitar strings
  • "Thank you orchestra and all of our Stainless Steel Groups of Chums"
  • Amy Bennick — Art direction, design (2002 CD)
  • "Special thanks to Kevin Stander and Steve Smolen of Record & Tape Traders, Terence P. Minogue for taking the time to tell the story, and Mike Ragogna, as always for his guidance."
  • Merri Kirkland — Spanish translation ("I Don't Have a Tie")
  • 2002 CD remastered at SAJE Sound, New York, New York

Alternate versions[edit]

In 1988, Lifesong released a CD pairing Crack the Sky with White Music on a single disc (LSCD-8801). In order to fit both albums on one CD, the song "Mind Baby" and two tracks from White Music were omitted. In 2002, a remastered CD of Crack the Sky was released. It included four bonus tracks: demo versions of "Let Me Go Home (A Visit to the Projects)", "Eileen, I Lean on You", and "Hold On"; and "Dr. Octopus Part 2" from the Spider-Man: Rock Reflections of a Superhero album. The song "Sleep" fades out more than a minute earlier than the original LP version. Liner notes include track-by-track comments by original producer and long-time CTS compatriot, Terence P. Minogue.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Crack the Sky". Robert Christgau. 

Sources[edit]

  • LP and CD liner notes