Crack the Sky is an American progressive rock band formed in Weirton, West Virginia, in the early 1970s. In 1975, Rolling Stone declared their first album the "debut album of the year", and in 1978, Rolling Stone Record Guide compared them to Steely Dan. Their first three albums charted on the Billboard 200. In 2015, their debut album was ranked number 47 in the Rolling Stone list of "50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time". The band continues to release albums and perform to a small but devoted fan base to this day.
Animal Notes, the band's second album, was intended originally as a rock opera about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, but in production, the concept was reduced to only one song, "Rangers at Midnight". Like the band's debut release, it too was critically acclaimed, reaching number 142 on the Billboard 200 album chart, performing better than their first album. This time, the high concept and lack of "radio singles", due to the band's disdain for commercial music, contributed to lack of sales. The song "We Want Mine" was a slam at Lifesong Records for royalty withholdings.
By the mid-1980s, Palumbo had decided to return to his solo career, releasing the avant garde album, Blowing Up Detroit in 1985. It was also around this time that Palumbo began collaborating on songwriting for the Hagerstown, Maryland-based hard rock/glam metal band, Kix. He would go on to co-write this band's most commercially successful single, "Don't Close Your Eyes". 2b1af7f3a8