Rocket From The Tombs featured David Thomas and Peter Laughner from Pere Ubu, Cheetah Chrome and John Madansky from The Dead Boys, and Craig Bell from The Saucers. The "classic" version of the band lasted no more than 7-8 months in 1974-5 but during that time it came up with great songs, among them Final Solution, Amphetamine, 30 Seconds over Tokyo, Ain't it Fun, Life Stinks, Sonic Reducer and Muckraker.
The cd is 74 minutes long. The material is drawn only from original sources. We have the Loft tapes recorded Feb 18 1975 (not the WMMS broadcast or the compiled tape that was broadcast but the original master tapes). Also included is a never-before released studio 2-track recording of the May 5 1975 Agora concert and a never-before released 2-track recording of the July 24th 1975 Piccadilly Inn concert. We had access to everything that exists. This is the best of it. At some future point, if there is demand, we will release the out-takes from the Loft session and all the other versions not chosen for this release.
Bootleggers, aware that this package is imminent, have begun to make all sorts of claims of rarer material that features in their products. Caveat Emptor. Identical concert performances have been claimed as 3 separate events but differentiated only by increasingly poorer sound quality of the copy used.
John Thompson designed the package which includes a 12-page booklet with exhaustively researched liner notes written by Jon Allan with contributions from Gene O'Connor, Craig Bell and David Thomas.
Tracks 1-9 recorded Feb 18 1975 at the RFTT rehearsal loft. David Thomas (vocals), Peter Laughner (guitar & vocals), Craig Bell (bass & vocals), Gene O'Connor (guitar), and John Madansky (drums).
Tracks 10-16 recorded Jul 24 1975 at the Piccadilly Inn. David Thomas (Organ, sax & vocals), Peter Laughner (guitar & vocals), Craig Bell (bass & vocals), Gene O'Connor (guitar & vocals), and Wayne Strick (drums).
Tracks 17-19 recorded May 5 1975 at the Agora. David Thomas (vocals), Peter Laughner (guitar), Craig Bell (bass), Gene O'Connor (guitar), and Don Evans (drums).
David Thomas sings tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 17-19.
Peter Laughner sings tracks 4, 9, 12, 14.
Craig Bell sings tracks 7, 13, 15.
Gene O'Connor sings track 10, 11, 16.
'The Day The Earth Met The Rocket From The Tombs' was the name of an 8mm stop action film made in high school by David Thomas and Jon Luoma. Mr Luoma later designed the cover art to the first Pere Ubu single, 30 Seconds Over Tokyo / Heart Of Darkness.