The band's debut album was released in 1975. Forty years later, Rolling Stone included "Crack the Sky" in its list of "50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time." The magazine's Ryan Reed wrote:
Crack the Sky ... created an outright classic with their kaleidoscopic debut. Led by singer-mastermind John Palumbo, the band expertly navigated chunky hard-rock riffs ("Hold On"), barbed art pop ("Surf City"), fusion funk (the wicked breakdown in "She's a Dancer") and long-form balladry ("Sea Epic"). Yet they never achieved more than a faithful regional following, despite a glowing Rolling Stone review: "Like the first albums of Steely Dan, 10cc, and the Tubes, Crack the Sky's debut introduces a group whose vision of mid-'70s ennui is original, humorous and polished. . ." Bolstered by the fans they do have, Crack the Sky have kept at it: Their 15th studio album, Ostrich, was released in 2012.
|Crack the Sky's Rick Witkowski and John Palumbo, circa 2011|