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    Any Crack The Sky fans here?

    I've posted elsewhere for my love of the band and a few here have spoken about seeing them during the 70's. Anyone else here are fans of the band?

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    Being a former regular listener of 98 Rock in Baltimore, it was kinda hard not to hear of them, since they got regular play in the late 80s. I'm a fan, tho I think their later output has been a mixed bag. Still a great live band, tho.

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    As if you couldn't tell from my sig, a late-arriving fan here, and my 16-year old daughter is now a fan as well. Didn't discover them, outside of what little was broadcast on WMMS (including Kid Leo's broadcast of TechniGeneration before its formal release)back in the day, until I received a mix tape from a Paperlate correspondent in the early 90s.
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    They are kind of a local band here. I saw them once this decade. All I remember is that Polumbo forgot the words to Hot Razors...
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    Fantastic, high energy live band! John Polumbo's voice has seen better days, but's he's still a great front man. I didn't realize until after I saw them the first time that their first album back in the 1970s was highly praised by Rolling Stone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AstroProg View Post
    Fantastic, high energy live band! John Polumbo's voice has seen better days, but's he's still a great front man. I didn't realize until after I saw them the first time that their first album back in the 1970s was highly praised by Rolling Stone.
    Saw them open for Frank Zappa back in the day. Love their first album. Great Classic Rock Baltimore Band for the most part, slightly Proggy and very talented.

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    Love their early stuff, like "Ice," "Virgin...No," "Surf City" and so on. I was under the impression that their post-reunion stuff was more metally; I remember not being impressed by what little I sampled.

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    I'm the odd CTS fan I guess,... because I liked Safety in Numbers best and the vocals on it best also (I think the drummer sang that album). I like his voice better than Polumbo's (but then again I like Eddie Jobson and Rick Wakeman's singer's voices also haha). I really like the drummer's playing in this band... at times kind of Barriemore Barlow-ish.
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    I've seen Crack The Sky many times over the years in Baltimore. Their first 3 albums are classics to me. After that they seemed hit or miss (mostly miss). I always wondered why they didn't become much more popular elsewhere.
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    Saw them earlier this year and they were the best I've seen them. However, I never saw them in their heyday. Going to see them again 11/11 in Annapolis. Love 'em.
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    Agreed on Safety in Numbers. Also agree that the first 3 are must have classics. The rhythm section is tight and inventive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AstroProg View Post
    Fantastic, high energy live band! John Polumbo's voice has seen better days, but's he's still a great front man. I didn't realize until after I saw them the first time that their first album back in the 1970s was highly praised by Rolling Stone.
    I'm pretty sure it was Rolling Stone's album of the year for 1975 if I'm not mistaken.

    I like them but unfortunately I am not overly familiar with them and not old enough to have been into them in the seventies. However, in 1989 I had a cassette tape that had Gentle Giant's "octopus" on one side and CTS's "From the Greenhouse"(which was brand new)on the other side. I played it a lot. I even lent it to a fellow Yes fan/friend who actually liked the CTS side more than the GG side.

    I did see them once too which was at Rosfest. I don't remember much about the show but I did enjoy it.

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    consider myself a pretty big fan. New CD's show up fairly regularly... and can be anywhere from great to awful depending on your taste as they can play many different styles...

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    I'm an old Baltimoron so Lopez and 98 Rock and CTS on the OC boardwalk brings me back

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    Crack The Sky were not well known in Chicago so I never even heard of them until I got to PE.
    I love the first 3 studio albums , a really good band back in their early days .
    I was not crazy about From The Greenhouse which is the only other album I've heard by them.

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    I saw them a few years ago at the 3RP Prog Festival in Pittsburgh and I thought that they kicked ass! Lot's of energy on that stage.

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    Never saw them live; however, I have listened to them live. In late 1975 or early '76, they played live from the club Salt in Newport, RI, on Brown University's radio station. They were killer. I remember hearing Mellotron on the song "Ice" and was kicking myself for not going.
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    I'm honestly ambivalent about CTS, but I do like "Ice", "Razors" & "Apathy" a lot. They were fun at RosFest.

    Whenever I see them mentioned, the first thing I think of is a conversation I had with John P. there about raising our kids. We were both laughing our asses off. Great guy and really funny
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitarplyrjvb View Post
    Agreed on Safety in Numbers. Also agree that the first 3 are must have classics. The rhythm section is tight and inventive!
    +1 to these statements !

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    Safety In Numbers is solid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProgMusician View Post
    I'm the odd CTS fan I guess,... because I liked Safety in Numbers best and the vocals on it best also (I think the drummer sang that album). I like his voice better than Polumbo's (but then again I like Eddie Jobson and Rick Wakeman's singer's voices also haha). I really like the drummer's playing in this band... at times kind of Barriemore Barlow-ish.
    Gary Lee Chappell did the lead-vocals on Safety In Numbers; drummer Joey, D'Amico did the background vocals and lead vocals on Long Nights (the song with that crazy stereo-effect on the electric piano).
    Safety was my first CTS album after I heard a couple of songs from it on Dutch radio in 1979. After that I had to had everything and I had some luck with the owner of the record-shop I always went to: he could get most of the LP's and I even bought the radio-promo from him.
    The first three albums are also my favorites, but on every album after those (which I bought all!) are some great moments, even on RAW!
    Never saw them live, although I have the DVD and saw a video of a show at the - I think - of Photoflamingo.
    Their latest album is fine too, although I don't care for the free download Red Rosary which is available on http://www.crackthesky.com/ right now.

    I also have some solo-stuff from John Palumbo, although Blowing Up Detroit is missing (Stan Whitaker is on that!)

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    Lived around Bawlmere for too long not to hear about these guys. Saw them once.

    Safety in Numbers is the best but some other good ones here and there.

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    It's a shame Safety never got a complete edition on CD. The prelude (last track on side 1) was missing on the 2-on-1 with Animal Notes and even the 21st century version (sang by Palumbo) didn't have it.
    Keyboard-player Glenn Workman told me once in an email the original masters are gone, so there's no chance Lifesong will rerelease it like they did with the first one and White Music.
    Some albums were re-released on CD (mostly from LP) by itsaboutmusic.com (doesn't exist anymore), but after some time Palumbo decided they weren't allowed to do that. Lucky me I have a couple, including the live recording The End.

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    I was a big fan of CTS in the 70's and early 80's. Safety In Numbers is my favorite, and I also I enjoyed White Music.
    I saw them at Rosfest in Philly in 2008. They are stiil a fantastic live act.

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