Raw (Crack the Sky album)

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Studio album by Crack the Sky
Released 1986
Genre Rock
Length 38:40
Label Grudge
Producer John Palumbo
Crack the Sky chronology
World in Motion 1
From the Greenhouse
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! 5/5 stars[2]

Raw, the seventh "proper" album (not counting compilations or live albums) from Crack the Sky, really is more of a John Palumbo solo album under the Crack the Sky banner. Other than Jamie LaRitz playing lead guitar, all of the musical parts were played by Palumbo. However, Raw is more "Rock" than Palumbo's solo efforts. The next Crack the Sky album, 1989's From the Greenhouse, saw the return of a number of veteran CTS members, most importantly guitarist Rick Witkowski.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Palumbo.

No. Title Length
1. "White Girl on Fire" 5:46
2. "Boilermaker" 4:35
3. "Song for Another Year" 5:10
4. "Elvis Was My Daddy!" 3:53
5. "Crime" 6:32
6. "Raw" 4:13
7. "(This Is) The Real Thing" 4:23
8. "The Samaritian" (Dedicated to Mitch Snyder) 4:08


Band members
Additional musicians
  • David Heckscher — Elvis voice
  • John Palumbo — producer

Additional credits[edit]

  • Connell Byrne — cover
  • Recorded at BeaTarama, U.S.
  • Protection through Ardan
  • Warning! Parents—Portions of this record depict the political corruption of large and small governments leading to the annihilation of the human race—THE ULTIMATE OBSCENITY
  • Thanks: Mary, Chuck, Dwight, Victor, Vanessa, Hamms, The Guitar Exchange, Lenny, Jay, Rick Vince Joey & Carey and Ron Gregory
  • For Ian
  • Guitars by Kramer


  • CD liner notes
  1. ^ "Crack the Sky Raw review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-04-21. 
  2. ^ Oliver, Derek (25 June 1987). "Crack the Sky 'Raw'". Kerrang!. 149. London, UK: Spotlight Publications. p. 20.