Friday, February 8, 2008

Crack The Sky MAIN MAN: John Palumbo 3 CDs

Here are three John Palumbo CDs from my collection

Blowing Up Detroit
Modern Romance
Drifting Back To Motown
Electric Wire
She's The Release
Girls From Mars
In The New World
Hurt Me

Drifting Back To Motown
Old Fires
Walk On The Wild Side
Dancing With The Fuher
The Dangerous Type
Love Is A Heart Attack
Girls Like you

Nice Review From
By Jason M. Carzon (bowie, maryland United States)

If you clicked on this, you already know John Palumbo is the leader/vocalist/songwriter for the band Crack The Sky, who still plays live on the east coast but mostly for the old fans and on the strength of the early Crack The Sky albums. Often any subsequent releases got ignored and suffer from dodgy production and on various fly by night indie labels. A worse fate befalls any time Palumbo does solo work. A shame, as this album I find to be more interesting than some of Crack The Sky's albums from the same era.

VICTIM OF THE NIGHTLIFE was released around 1989, after Crack The Sky's decent FROM THE GREENHOUSE album, and there are similarities in the overall production and sound. But where GREENHOUSE was a concept album in an almost Pink Floyd vein with a bit of the usual Crack harmonies and guitarwork flavors, VICTIM draws some influece from R&B and 80's rock sounds. Unlike most of Crack The Sky's albums, there are plenty of synthesizers and programmed drums here, as well as female backing vocals. Bad news for 80's music haters, but if you dig that sound you may like this. It's a unique album which really would have been a hit had it been better produced and promoted by a major label. But that's a tired subject. His version of Walk On The Wild Side is a keeper. The last cut is pretty good as well. At this price, you get your money's worth with those two tracks alone.

Palumbo cuts a dark figure, hiding behind his sunglasses, like Lou Reed, Lennon or Ric Ocasek. Perhaps he was too antisocial to be a big star. Or maybe people just didn't know what to make of him. Though not the best vocalist on earth, neither was Dylan or Jonn Lennon. John Palumbo does have a unique and identifyable voice. At least you know its him. These days he makes music for fun, and has long since accepted that Crack The Sky won't change the world or set the charts on fire.
But check this album out if you like Crack The Sky. Complete the collection. If you never heard Crack The Sky but like 80's rock, buy it to hear a lost chunk of late 80's music. The trax:

DRIFTING BACK TO MOTOWN - a tribute to Motown sounds with plenty of references.

WOLVES - good atmosphere and vocals here. I don't think he would have done this with Crack The Sky, hence the purpose for solo records.

OLD FIRES - big guitars and big chorus/Def Leppard sound.

UNDERCOVER - nice 80's pop sound with female vocals and plenty of keyboards.

WALK ON THE WILD SIDE - funky and moody version of Walk On The Wild Side which is totally reworked and bears little resemblance to the original Lou Reed classic.

DANCING WITH THE FUHRER - bit of a heavy metal sound on this track about the dangers of just blindly going along with things.

THE DANGEROUS TYPE - a Robert Palmer type track, possibly the weakest one here.

LOVE IS LIKE A HEART ATTACK - soulful track with female vox.

GIRLS LIKE YOU - a pulsating new wavey track kinda in the style of The Cars. One of the best on the album. Good closer.

Good forgotten 80's album. Can't go wrong with it, it's mostly decent stuff.

Lost in America
Hey, Mr. President
We Want Mine
All Fly Away
Dancing with the Fuhrer
Immigration Man
Things We Do
Big Money
Living with the Lights On
Dancing at the White House
When the Cameras Went Away
A Letter Home

83MB, Various WMA Bitrates, 3 CDs in one file


Gadjitator said...

BTW - Here's a link to "Innocent Bystander" I just found:

WVKayaker said...

Thanks for that Gadjitator!

Tom Eckels said...

wooowwwweee, look at all the CTS! AND Palumbo! Gadjitator was at my blog the other day and left me a note that said you had a bunch of CTS stuff and he was right! Looks like I'll be here the next couple days downloading it all.
I believe the link to Innocent Bystander is mine so take a sec and stop by my blog and see what ya think.....

Any chance you have the newer stuff too?


WVKayaker said...

Thanks for stopping by and providing a link to your blog!
When i saw the link from gadjitaor I had hoped I could find the blog he got it from. So I am grateful!
Your blog is looking good! Will spend a lot of time there for sure!

WVKayaker said...

And sorry Tom...That's all the Crack The Sky and John Palumbo I have...

Tom Eckels said...

I seem to have a problem with my downloads from your site...something I've never run into before. when I open up the .rar's and go to put the tunes in my Itunes they won't load. I couldn't figure out why at first but now I see that all the stuff I've gotten here has an extension of .wma, not mp3. What are wma's and what do they run on and is there any chance of getting all the CTS stuff in mp3?? If not, that's cool but I had to ask you're the first person, besides myself, that I've seen have any CTS on their sites.


WVKayaker said...

Tom, WMA as in Windows Media Audio.
You can find a converter on line to convert to MP3 or iTunes will do it depending on what version you have. Goodluck...Sorry but I don't have time to re-up any of my posts to MP3...

Tom Eckels said...

Not to worry, I'll figure it out. Thanks for the feedback.


WVKayaker said...

What...Me Worry?

Camarillo Brillo said...

New Link for Victim of the Nightlife

What This Is All About

I've been collecting live music from various sources since the mid to late 70's. Radio shows, TV broadcasts, radio show pre-FM CD's and vinyl LP's and some trades. Most of the shows posted here, I recorded and ripped myself. I always had top of the line stereo equipment and cassette and open reel recorders for those on air broadcasts.

I've downloaded plenty of bootlegged concerts from various blogs. As a rule I will only post stuff from my collection and not what is already available out there.

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