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    Artist: Cracked Mirror
    Release: Demo
    Genre: NWOBHM
    Country: UK
    Bitrate: 224 kbps
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    Colin Winn - Lead Vocals
    Jozef 'Joe' Rytlewski - Guitar & Vocals (FIVE BOB ROCKET, THE PULLBACKS, JOE RYTLEWSKI BAND, JOE'S BLOOZE BAND)
    Steve Smile - Bass & Vocals (THE BROTHERS GRIMM, THE HURLIMANS, THE RAINKINGS, THE STRESS MONKEYS)
    Chris Sambrook - Drums (STATIC EMOTION, SLAYVE, MARS, MYSTERIES, THE PULLBACKS)

    CRACKED MIRROR - Demo (1979) UK
    Self Released Promotional Cassette

    CRACKED MIRROR were a four piece NWoBHM band formed in Maidstone, Kent in 1978, by talented young guitarist Jozef 'Joe' Rytlewski.
    The band's line-up was completed by Vocalist Colin Winn, Bassist Steve Smile & former STATIC EMOTION Drummer Chris Sambrook.
    The band gigged extensively in the local area before recording a six song demo tape which was then used to secure live bookings further afield.
    This line up gigged steadily for the next few years, both on their own and as support to like-minded acts such as DIE LAUGHING & HEAD ON, building up a strong live following, especially on England's South Coast.
    With lead singer Colin Winn leaving the band in late 1981, drummer Chris Sambrook also then departed to join SLAYVE.
    Cracked Mirror then brought in former SHADOWFAX & HOOKER drummer Kevin White and Hammond Organist Jackie Hazel, with vocals now being split between Rytlewski & Smile.
    Paul Harbin then replaced the outgoing White on the drum stool in early 1983, with Steve Smile then also replaced by Michael White on Bass & Vocals.
    This is the line up which recorded Cracked Mirror's only album, a self-titled affair released in late 1983 on their own label.
    Original copies of this album change hands for anything up to £500 these days, as only 200 copies of the album were ever pressed.
    However, the musical direction of the album is markedly softer in approach when compared to the earlier demo recordings, being more of a 'Rock' record with very little of the 'Hard' in evidence.
    Cracked Mirror carried on playing until 1987, but released no further material in that time.
    Following the dissilution of Cracked Mirror, Rytlewski formed a new band, FIVE BOB ROCKET, later playing with THE PULLBACKS and jamming live with JOHN MARTYN.
    He currently fronts the JOE RYTLEWSKI BAND and also has a blues act, the aptly named JOE'S BLOOZE BAND.

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    01. Take The Blame (4:30)
    02. Cracked Mirror (3:46)
    03. Lose Control (5:12)
    04. Gonna See The Band (5:08)
    05. Dirty Sally (3:56)
    06. Lucy Lover (4:53)
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    Boris1 wrote:thanks ! where is the info coming from ?


    I did the research and wrote the biography piece myself based on the existing information available around the net.
    To the best of my knowlege all the info is accurate, although some of the dates are informed by a little educated guess work.
    Given the fluid nature of the band's line up between their formation and the recording of the album, i think it's also quite likely that there were further personnel changes between 1983 and the band's eventual demise in 1987/88, but details of that era of the band's history were in short supply.
    If anyone out there can add any more detail to the band's story please share the info here.

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