On January 1, 1976 Stephen Holden of Rolling Stone magazine called the debut album by West Virginian prog-rock pioneers Crack The Sky, one of year’s most impressive debuts. Named by Rolling Stone in their 2015 list of 50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums Of All Time and in their 20 Rock Albums Rolling Stone Loved in the 1970s That You Never Heard, the magazine’s very first review in 1976 went on to compare the band to Steely Dan, 10CC, The Tubes, Ian Hunter, and the inimitable Davie Bowie. Their first album Crack The Sky have such cult hits as Ice, Hold On/Surf City and She’s A Dancer.
Now some 40 years later the band will release a pair of albums, one featuring new music, Living In Reverse and Crackology, a collection of the band’s 12 career favorites. Living In Reverse showcases 12 new tracks, while the cleverly-titled retrospective Crackology chronicles a dozen of the best re-recorded gems as culled from the band’s rich and storied 40-year catalog.
Crack The Sky started in the Ohio River valley (the members are originally from the Pittsburgh, Originally named Arcangel, they became Crack the Sky when they signed with Lifesong Records. Now Crack The Sky have multiple releases and continue to play to packed audiences today.