August 28, 2018
Author: James McQuiston / Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University.
I’ve had the chance to listen to some pretty awesome music this year, not just as a member of the indie music media but as a fan in general. Of course there’s plenty of trash that we have to wade through to discover the real studs amongst the duds, but overall I feel like 2018 has been a winner in terms of productivity and increased exposure for the new, up and coming artists who really deserve it. http://neufutur.com/2018/08/crack-of-dawn-spotlight/
Monday, August 27, 2018
Brian Deppert / Carlito's Music Blog
Crack of Dawn – Spotlight
When Crack of Dawn released their debut album back in 1976, they weren’t just cutting another slab of funky vinyl meant to get people shaking to a disco beat. They were essentially creating the foundation of the modern Canadian R&B scene, and today their influence can still be felt from one corner of the country to the next. After an extended hiatus away from the recording industry, the legends of northern funk – guitarists Carl and Rupert Harvey, READ MORE http://carlitosmusicblog.blogspot.com/2018/08/crack-of-dawn-spotlight.html
Crack of Dawn – Spotlight
August 22, 2018
Albums, Music Reviews, New Album
Between the start of the millennium and today, pop seemed to lose a lot of the edgy rebelliousness that made rock, hip-hop and other styles so explosively popular and uniting in the preceding half century of music. It wasn’t clear where all of the bucolic energy seemed to go, much less when, if ever, it would return, and in its place we got this sort of faux angry electro pop that was supposedly inspired by punk rock, beat poetry and urban experimentalism of the early 1980s but failed on all counts to contain the same level of respect for DIY ethics. Read More: http://themusic.reviews/releases/new-album/crack-of-dawn-spotlight/
Crack of Dawn – Spotlight
Written By: Clay Burton
I truly believe that the number one reason why hip-hop, once the biggest and most lucrative style for the pop music establishment to count on to bring home the bacon year round, is experiencing such a tumble creatively and financially at the moment. Hip-hop is suffering from a complete and total lack of humility in 2018, and that’s really unacceptable when you think about the place that the genre holds on the mantle of western pop culture as we know it. Read More.. https://www.imaai.org/
Crack Of Dawn - Spotlight Album Review
By Zachary Rush, August 1, 2018
As I listened to the transition between the first, and self-titled, track of Spotlight, the stellar new album from the hard funk collective Crack of Dawn, and its sizzling follow up “Somebody’s Watching,” it occurred to me how important making a record that flows evenly really is. As a music critic, I’ve had the misfortune of having to cover a lot of artists who simply don’t know how to make a cohesive full length album. Read More https://www.indiemusicreviews.net/crack-of-dawn-releases-lp/
Crack of Dawn - Spotlight
BY MINDY MCCALL
JULY 24, 2018
Spotlight’s ten songs can be deemed a comeback for Canada’s Crack of Dawn, but they deserve to be judged on their merits free from the sentimentality of seeing a once promising young band returning to the scene in a bid to practice their craft and reclaim past glories. Fortunately, Crack of Dawn has produced an outstanding set of songs to help move them far beyond mere cliché and, instead, we can talk about how the long layoff and a revamped lineup have resulted in the band’s complete revitalization. Crack of Dawn returns to their base sound heard with these songs, but they are presented in completely modern productions that achieve the kind of balance you hope for with these kinds of songs. Read More: http://nodepression.com/album-review/crack-dawn-%E2%80%93-spotlight
By Jenna Melanson on April 24, 2018, Canadian Beats Magazine
Toronto’s Crack Of Dawn has been around for years with their self-titled album released in 1976. Today, we are excited to be premiering this Canadian iconic band’s new video for “Crack of Dawn”. It’s a track that will no doubt have you up on your feet and grooving along with the band. Read More @ http://canadianbeats.ca/2018/04/24/premiere-crack-of-dawn-releases-video-for-crack-of-dawn/
By Douglas Wilson on May 7, 2018, Skope Magazine
Canada has been known for giving the world everyone from Anne Murray, Brian Adams, Justin Beiber and Drake;however, there is a group that may not have been as well known as the above names but around longer than Beiber and Drake, they are called “Crack Of Dawn” The group was originally signed to Columbia Records in 1975 as the first black band to be signed by a major record company in Canada. That statistic may not seem like a big thing to many; however, Read More @ https://skopemag.com/2018/05/07/crack-of-dawn-spotlight
Just New Music, 11/23/2017
Had the terrible misfortune to have been stuck in a room for the last five days where there appeared to be a law of some kind that dictated that the only station to be transmitted was BBC Radio One. Yes, I was aware that the ratio of stone-cold classics versus click-track, auto-tuned drone was likely to be a tad uneven, but it really has been Hellish.
I imagine that there are a lot of titles that are an honour to hold, but being the first black music act to be signed to a major record label is a great inspiration, and now Canadian funk and soul group ‘Crack Of Dawn’ are back, with fantastic new single ‘Spotlight’. Read more https://newmusicplatform.wordpress.com/2017/10/27/review-crack-of-dawns-much-anticipated-spotlight/
Crack of Dawn Retrospective Sparks Funk Rebirth
November 3, 2017
Recently, Crack of Dawn issued, “Spotlight” a collection of tracks dating back to 1976 up to round about yesterday. Who? I’m glad you asked. Read More https://colourmestunned.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/crack-of-dawn-retrospective-sparks-funk-rebirth/
New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Crack of Dawn have been one of Canada's greatest musical success stories since their inception nearly 40 years ago. They combine Charles Sinclair's bass-rumbling funkalicious Parliament onslaught; the slick immediate joy of Earth, Wind and Fire and the tarmac-melting swoon of classic deep soul ballads, yet only now return to pick up where they left off. Read Here http://top40-charts.com/news.php?nid=130790&string=crack
In the mid to late 1970’s, there were few bands who could challenge the all conquering funk and soul behemoth, Earth, Wind and Fire. Worldwide, their record sales and sell-out concerts were legendary but in Canada, another band matched that at every turn, even outselling them in that country. More https://sonicnews.blog/2017/10/26/canadas-greatest-musical-secret-crack-dawn-release-career-spanning-album/
Welcoming back to the stage, Crack of Dawn!
After years away from the ‘Spotlight’, this group of highly talented and skilled musicians have recorded and are set to release their latest album, which promises not to disappoint.
The collective minds of musicians Alvin Jones, Greg Gooding, Carl Harvey, Michael Dunston and Trevor Daley have joined forces once again to bring fans a bit of funk back into your lives. More https://knowmebettermusic.wordpress.com/2017/10/26/crack-of-dawn-set-to-release-brand-new-album-spotlight/
Canada steps up to the plate with Funktastic gems Crack of Dawn and their cracking new track Spotlight. it’s the title track of their new work due out on November 19, 2017. If you, like me, love the hey day of disco along the lines of Earth, Wind and Fire – get on this!!! More: http://thelowdownunder.com/2017/10/19/listen-spotlight-by-crack-of-dawn/
This will all come from the brains that managed to be the first black group to be signed by a major record label, as they were discovered by Otis Redding’s producers. Along side this, having the achievement of outselling Earth, Wind and Fire. More: https://sweetbeatsmusicblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/23/crack-of-dawn-are-bringing-you-sweet-beats-and-great-tunes-once-again/
For nearly 40 years now, ‘Crack of Dawn’ have been meticulously honing their craft, and the results are clear, honest and hard to deny. These guys are one of those bands that have always been around, working hard simply for the love of it, and their latest release ‘Spotlight’ is no exception to this. It is a soulful, sublime ballad that wraps you up and holds you seemingly forever. More: https://somebodytoldmemusic.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/2326/
When two experienced musicians come together to create a piece of music, expectations are high and the delivery is normally beyond people’s expectations. Yet this occurrence can happen once in a blue moon so Crack of Dawn could be classed as a musical miracle with the musicians they have in their ranks. More: https://musicnews2dayblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/crack-of-dawn-are-stealing-the-spotlight-with-their-new-single/
Crack Of Dawn are back. And they are ready to bless audiences with the release of their brand new album ‘Spotlight’. More: https://lookandlistenmusic.wordpress.com/2017/10/26/youll-be-shining-a-spotlight-to-single-out-crack-of-dawn/
October 2, 2017
Crack of Dawn Take the Spotlight in Upcoming Single
Canada’s answer to Earth, Wind & Fire; Crack of Dawn are preparing to step back into the ‘Spotlight’ with the upcoming release of their new single.
The track ‘Spotlight’ is a reflective return to the band after a period of absence, with melodic, soulful vibes in a modern take.
The band hold the mantle of being one of the first black bands to be signed to a major label (CBS) and outsold their funky contemporaries; Earth, Wind & Fire...
Read more at Songwriting Spotlight