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2.03 | 28 ratings | 3 reviews | 15% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1980

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Poptown (3:47)
2. Living With the Lights On (2:56)
3. The Radio Cries(It's Singles Time) (3:59)
4. Skin Deep (4:08)
5. White Music (4:12)
6. All American Boy (3:18)
7. Hot Razors In My Heart (4:38)
8. Suspicion (4:50)
9. Techni Generation (4:05)
10. Flying (1:21)
11. Songs Of Soviet Sons (5:05)

Total Time: 40:19

Bonus tracks on 2001 remaster:
1. Hot Razors (f2) (4:54)
2. Poptown (Demo) (1:37)
3. A Girl Like Mom (4:09)
4. She's So Clean (3:48)

Line-up / Musicians

- John Palumbo / lead vocals, guitar, bass, piano
- Rick Witkowski / guitar, drums, sounds, backing vocals, co-producer
- Vince DePaul / keyboards, synth

- Terence P. Minogue / string arrangements, co-producer
- Deborah Kucan / backing vocals (9)
- Richard Hunt / backing vocals (9)
- Ronnie Zebron / lead guitar (bonus 1)
- Ian Palumbo / drums (bonus 1)
Crack Pack Horns :
- Bill Warfield / trumpet
- Tom McCormick / tenor saxophone
- Ellery Eskellin / baritone saxophone
- Robin Denning / horn

Releases information

Artwork: Consuelo Y. Regan

LP Lifesong ‎- LS 8028 (1980, US)

CD Lifesong ‎- LSCD-7001-2 (2001, US) 24-bit remaster with 4 bonus tracks from original sessions

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and to Quinino for the last updates
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CRACK THE SKY White Music ratings distribution

(28 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(30%)
Good, but non-essential (22%)
Collectors/fans only (15%)
Poor. Only for completionists (19%)

CRACK THE SKY White Music reviews

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Review by Sean Trane
1 stars Little else can be said about this album: the sky did crack open to let the boredom poured over the listeners/progheads who are looking for passionate and interesting music. A good look at the track title and their length should be enough to about the contents of the song. In this case, you can trust appearances, and safely judge a book by its cover.

With all due respect to CTS, this is relatively dumb-ass RnR (and believe the lyrics match the mediocre song titles), very symptomatic of a band having lost all inspiration. Only the closing track Song Of Soviet Son (this was the only track with an intelligent title too - what a coincidence) is worthy of notice bringing us back to the debut or second album. A spent force that will apparently endure quite a long history, but even by the time this album was released, I was long gone towards greener pastures. I only heard this as I rented the 2on1 record from the library and it was coupled with the debut. Best avoided for progheads, maybe straightforward-rock fans with a slight pop edge will find happiness.

Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
1 stars After John Palumbo left Crack The Sky when they were recording and touring for "Safety In Numbers", he somehow regained control and brough only guitarist Rick Witkowski and touring keyboardist Vince DePaul with him. Too bad.

I mentioned in another review for this band that one of the best things about them was the interplay between the bassist and drummer, and the two guitarists. Well, with all but one of the guitarists leaving, none of that interplay exists on this album.

The songs are all short, unimaginative, and forgettable, with the possible exception of "Song Of Soviet Sons". But that song isn't worth the price of admission.

Run away fast if someone dares to play this album around you.

Latest members reviews

3 stars I'll start out by saying that I get the overall lack of enthusiasm for this platter, but I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with my fellow Crack Addicts on its place in the pantheon. Of course I can't lift this one to the lofty heights of any of its predecessors, but White Music's embra ... (read more)

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