Produced by Richard Lloyd.
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Spex, March 2004 (Germany)
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"The havoc unleashed here is fiery, passionate and irreverent."
Daniel Lukes, Kerrang!
"A darkness reminiscent of The Melvins."
Q - 4 Stars
After the success of the first reunion tour Richard Lloyd produced this live-in-the-studio album of Rocket From The Tombs classics with the current band.
Links and Background:
The Story Of Rocket From The Tombs (1973-1975) • Bio (2003-?) • FAQ • Reviews of Rocket Redux • The Rocket From The Tombs Blog • Facebook
Other recordings: Barfly, The Day The Earth Met The Rocket From The Tombs, I Sell Soul / Romeo & Juliet.
The album was produced, recorded and mixed by Richard Lloyd in the summer of 2003 at EGB Studios. EGB is Lloyd's project studio based in mid-town Manhattan.
"Rocket Redux is exactly the set list from the live show recorded in the studio," Lloyd said. "It's supposed to be as if you are at the greatest rehearsal or sound check and you are two inches tall and standing on the singers tongue surrounded by the two lead guitarists."
On the Pere Ubu website, David Thomas, Rocket From The Tombs' front man explains how the studio recording and these additional tour dates evolved out of their summer 2003 tour: "The genesis is as follows. Following the successful June tour we decided to undertake a tour out west to complete a circuit of the country. In order to satisfy a stream of requests after every show, we decided to record the current set of material with the new band and sell it as a concert merchandise only item. Richard Lloyd engineered, produced and mixed the new recordings at his studio over a couple lost weekends. Along the way we got excited about the outcome and decided to release it commercially through our friends at Smog Veil."
Describing the summer 2003 shows, David Fricke, editor at Rolling Stone magazine, wrote, "No on else in American rock, underground or over, in 1974 and '75, was writing and playing songs this hard and graphic about being f**ked over and fighting mad. No one else is doing it now." While Greg Kot from the Chicago Tribune wrote, "Rocket From the Tombs is not just the great lost proto-punk band of the '70s. It's one of the best bands of the 21st Century too." And the Cleveland Scene wrote "After years of anonymity, Rocket From The Tombs has come to represent the match strike for the entire worldwide punk explosion."