When I’m surfing the Internet, I read a lot about bands I’ve heard of. The other day, I ran across an article titled “The Best Band You’ve Never Heard Of”. Now I have heard of a lot of obscure bands, so I was intrigued.
The band of topic was “Crack The Sky” and no, I had never heard of them. I was further intrigued. It turns out Rolling Stone magazine declared Crack The Sky’s 1975 eponymous album “the best debut album of the year”. I was even more intrigued. I also ran across a 2015 post where “Crack The Sky” was included as one of the 50 greatest prog albums of all time by the same publication. I was beyond intrigued. I had to listen to this intriguing band from Vermont that never really gained popularity outside of Baltimore, Maryland.
I found a copy of “Crack the Sky” for sale on Discogs and immediately bought it. And so here I sit listening to a band I’ve never heard of.
…And I am more than beyond intrigued. I am impressed…and amazed….
I am amazed that Crack the Sky never made it beyond their local popularity. They had it all: vocal arrangements falling in line with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, the musicianship of Yes, the pop appeal of Styx, the complexity of Focus, and the contrasting dark lyrics yet bright music of Steely Dan.
From what I am hearing on their debut album, Crack The Sky is a band that is…what’s the word? …
I am intrigued to hear more by them.