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  • Audio CD (3 Jun. 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Swami
  • ASIN: B0002198W8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,461 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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A reissue of the 1992 sophomore album from San Diego scene-firing revolutionaries ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT. A romp of post-hardcore, post-punk, and next-style rock action, blasted with baritone skronk over a twin-guitar assault. Includes four previously unreleased bonus tracks that were left off the original release. Remastered off the quarter-inch transfers, and packaged with additional photos.

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This is their second and in my opinion THE definitive album from Rocket from the Crypt. It was released originally on Cargo records in 92, and has now been reissued by Interscope with 4 bonus tracks.

I cannot believe it hasn't been picked up on and reviewed on Amazon. I'm baffled as to why this could be when their other albums receive such high reviews. This is where it all started, with the band's line up moulding into what made the group so solid and consistent for another 5 albums throughout the 90's up until their demise in 2005. Apollo 9 joins on sax, JC 2000 on trumpet. and as their first album with a horn section it works so unbelievably well.

It was also the record that got them recognised by the major labels, leading to a deal with Interscope records. It should easily be up there with the greatest alternative/punk albums of the early 90's in my humble opinion, it's that good.

From the feedback intro of 'Short lip fuser' through to the wall of sound outro of 'glazed' it's a sublime and rousing experience. Stand out tracks for me include the aforementioned, and 'don't darlene', 'dollar', 'sturdy wrists'...well they're all good, and blow away any other RFTC album bar perhaps their last, "Live from Camp X Ray'.

This record needs to be listened to as a whole as the songs merge together nicely to the final crescendo. In fact it's their only release where I've never been tempted to skip a duff track, or indeed a whole album (as with the poor 'Scream Dracula, Scream"). The only letdown some might say would be 'ditch digger' which loses the pace and sounds quite folky, but I enjoy this track anyway as it's become so familiar to me, and acts as a nice break before the onslaught of 'don't darlene'.

If you're new to RFTC, check this out first. I'm sure you will not be disappointed. In fact, this may be their only album you ever need....
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HASH(0x98c45b40) out of 5 stars Evil Party 27 Mar. 2014
By Robert Livingstone Orr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is my favourite album of all time. It is the best Rocket From The Crypt album unless you count the first All Systems Go! compilation.

This is Rocket From The Crypt's second album. The songs on here are really amazing. The band was still a little bit obsessed with Nirvana and Husker Du at this point but this is when they really started to develop their own style.

I will give a quick breakdown of the songs on the record:

1. "Short Lip Fuser" - This is grunge meets old school rock and roll. It has a big fat Nirvana influenced verse riff. A really excellent mid tempo rocker.

2. "Hippy Dippy Do" - Merseybeat goes grunge. An ersatz merseybeat riff coupled with grunge riffs. One of the best songs ever written. Very infectious.

3. "Ditch Digger" - Rocket From The Crypt does a waltz type song. Mid tempo and very pretty but also noisy. A lot of people say this is their favourite Rocket From The Crypt song.

4. "Don't Darlene" - John Reis and co. flex their punk rock muscles with this tune. This has one of the best one chord riffs ever. A real stormer. Check out the "On A Plain" style backing vocals.

5. "Killy Kill" - Frantic, noisy punk rock. Another excellent tune with shady lyrics.

6. "Hairball Alley" - "Flip You Wig" era Husker Du gets the Rocket From The Crypt treatment. Pretty and noisy at the same time. Another tune most fans love to bits.

7. "Sturdy Wrists" - This also has one of the greatest one chord riffs ever recorded. Instantly memorable punk rock. You will never be able to forget this song once you have heard it. This also has some "On A Plain" type backing vocals and shady lyrics.

8. "March Of Dimes" - Very melodic mid tempo rocker. Excellent tune. Nice but hard.

9. "Little Arm" - Beautiful. A song that could fit in to any era of rock and roll. The only thing that gives away its nineties origins is the distorted vocals.

10. "Dollar" - Rocket From The Crypt goes stadium rock. I'm not kidding. This is like punk rock meets "We Will Rock You".

11. "Glazed" - This is one of those typical Nirvana meets The Sex Pistols meets the MC5 meets fifties rock and roll that Rocket From The Crypt used to do back in the early nineties. You know the kind I mean. Get the early 7" singles for more songs of this ilk.

I find it hard to understand how many Rocket From The Crypt fans don't like this. Even Rocket From The Crypt do not realize how good this is but for me it will always be their greatest record.
HASH(0x98a47a50) out of 5 stars there isn't a bad song on the album 18 Jun. 2015
By T - Published on Amazon.com
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An underrated '90s classic from a generally underrated band. The San Diego born RFTC had a ballsy sound all their own, somewhere between hardcore, punk, garage and grunge, with their saxophone and later mini horn section supplying extra muscle to their already pounding riffs. With a bit more luck (say being included on a movie soundtrack), "Ditch Digger" could have been a huge MTV or radio hit, while "Hairball Alley" has an immediately infectious groove that'll get everyone in the vicinity banging their heads.

From the feedback-drenched whine opening "Short Lip Fuser" to the singalong psycho freakout "Glazed" which closes it out, there isn't a bad song on the album. Top to bottom, Circa: Now is a neglected powerhouse and the beginning of the band's peak recordings. Play it loud and put it on repeat, cause like the chorus goes in "Sturdy Wrist," "When you're done, you gotta once more."
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HASH(0x98cbfd8c) out of 5 stars good stuff 14 Jun. 2006
By telestar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album ,I especially love the song "glazed".I bought this album at random when I was real young in the early 90's.Rocket from the crypt is a very original band,very punk but with a "oompa-oompa" feel to the riffs that you would expect from a ska band.The lyrics are pretty dark.I give it a five for originality.
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HASH(0x98979258) out of 5 stars MC5 plus horn section times punk rock 1 Mar. 2006
By Ryan M. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If there was any justice in this world San Diego would be renamed Reis Diego.
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HASH(0x98bc3390) out of 5 stars My least favorite album 31 Dec. 2012
By A. Killion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love Rocket from the Crypt. I own six of their albums. Of them, this is my least favorite. Pretty simple.

It's got some horribly recorded songs -- I get it; it contributes to a garage, spy rock aesthetic... one I don't find pleasant -- it's got some horribly written songs, and overall just sounds like a young band trying to find themselves.

We're all very happy that they did eventually find themselves. So buy their other albums and don't get a bad first impression by purchasing this one.
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