So where to begin, I know very little about this series I basically stumbled across the recently released Vol 9 & 10 of this series whilst looking for other stuff on a new albums download website on the cover of the album it had the tagline "RAW BLASTING MID 60's PUNK" on the cover and my curiosity was piqued and i thought why the hell not. I am a fan of 60's Garage and Rock 'N' Roll type stuff when it's done well. So whilst i waited on my download i discovered that "Back From The Grave" is a project of Crypt Records home of the greatest Garage Rock that exists and responsible for unleashing such titans as Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Oblivians on the world so my hopes were high! (look for BIG posts on both these bands soon as I had completely forgotten how great JSBX & Oblivians are) I also discovered that Vol 9 & 10 were a sort of re-launch of the series the last release had been Vol 8 having been released back in 1992. So download completed let's see what it was all about I hit play and was i disappointed? HELL NO! Whilst the tag line of "RAW BLASTING MID 60's PUNK" may have been a bit overblown it has to be said there are some utterly great tunes of 60's Garage Rock 'N' Roll on there.
So before I say anymore let me tell you a bit about what I've posted here.... So Obviously when I discovered i really liked these Vol 9 & 10 comps I decided to do a bit of research into Vol's 1 - 8 so from what i can gather it was a vinyl series started by Crypt in 1984 however in 1994 they decided to reissue Vol's 1 -8 on CD but due to their being more space on CD than a 12" vinyl they mixed the comps together some tracks were omitted etc and to me it sounded like an unholy mess!!! But after i looked them up and went looking for downloads I found that the absolutely brilliant Surfadelic blog (Check them out HERE this guy knows his stuff and definitely lives for this music! he has presented a veritable library of lost & rare 60's surf and garage music tell them Dave at Under The Surface sent you) and he had posted Vol's 1 - 8 ripped from original vinyls! JOYYYYY!!!! So i downloaded those and I then had the whole set however much as i am/was grateful for that post after extracting them i discovered that 1 : they were at 128 kbps 2: they were completely untagged other than the file itself having the name of the band and track that was it!!!! So i had 8 albums 2 of which were doubles 164 tracks with no tags, titles,numbers nothing!! so i spent the best part of 6 HOURS(!!!!) ordering, Tagging , finding covers etc etc and now I present them to you here....
So I can't claim to know anything about any of the bands on here I have no idea who they are where the music was sourced from or anything all i know is there are some great band names and some great music on here I was going to try and describe it to you but I'm at a loss for descriptive terms or reference points here but I described it to a friend thus...
"y'know how there's some great 60's bands that have those 1 or 2 rocking gems in their back catalogue? well imagine if there was a whole series of albums where EVERY song is one of those gems"
there's some great fuzzed out guitars snotty vocals crazy subject matter and some bands are as fuzzily heavy as some of the "Rock" that would come along at the tail end of the 60's/Early 70's however without the macho posturing and histrionics. Best reference i can give you is if you have heard the awesome "Nuggets" compilation well take that as a reference point and dig deeper for the rawer, sloppier garage end of things and there you have it the "Back From The Grave" series here's an excerpt from wikipedia...
"Unlike many garage rock compilations, the Back From The Grave series focuses exclusively on the rawer and more aggressive side of the genre. Psychedelic rock is categorically excluded. The series also includes very few pop or folk oriented songs. As a result, the albums are primarily populated by louder songs that are characterized by fuzztone guitars, rough vocals, and are clearly influenced by groups such as Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, the early Kinks, and the Pretty Things. The lyrics and performances tended to focus on anger, lust, and cheating girlfriends, matching the often chaotic music. According to the liner notes, the songs were recorded by American groups, between 1964 and 1967"
However do not expect all of these bands to tear out of the gate like The Stooges on steroids, whilst some of them do a lot of this is fairly melodic 60's rock and a product of the more known bands of the time influencing them. I heard multiple "rip offs" of more famous 60's standards in among the more original pieces So there you go if you are a sucker for that 60's recording and instrument sound that many bands try to emulate and fail to and you just can't get enough of it then shit here is just shy of 200 tracks of primo garage rock that is just completely addictive as it is completely great!
So as I said Vol's 1 - 8 are taken from vinyl whilst the crackle and pop of the vinyl is not really audible whilst listening on a stereo i did notice it just slightly more when listening to it on my mp3 player however considering these are literally unheard of 60's bands and i have no idea how they were found/sourced i personally think it adds to the charm of these great songs also do NOT be put off that Vol 1 - 8 are from vinyl and are only 128 kbps because believe me they are terrific quality as if they had been trashy in any way i would not have posted them. Vol 1 - 6 are single albums Vol 7 & 8 are double albums. Vol 9 & 10 are single albums and are taken from CD at a tasty 320kbps.
Before I go i cannot stress enough how great it is that Crypt Records managed to unearth such a vast library of unheard gems as there are very few repeats of bands through the series so where they found this stuff or even that they knew it existed is a testament to the conviction of music fans who just really wanted to share music they love with the world,that being the primary reason I do this blog. So that being said and in that spirit here I am sharing it with you just utterly BRILLIANT stuff, thoroughly enjoyable and just great FUN! Enjoy....
Vol 1 - Mediafire
Vol 2 - Mediafire
Vol 3 - Mediafire
Vol 4 - Mediafire
Vol 5 - Mediafire
Vol 6 - Mediafire
Vol 7 - Mediafire
Vol 8 - Mediafire
Vol 9 - Mediafire
Vol 10 - Mediafire
great collection,the last vols. 9 & 10 unknowns for me..
Grettings from Spain
no problem Jose I just got into it myself great stuff, thanks for commenting!Delete
Thanks! I grabbed 1-8 from Mr Surfadelic a few months and have been digging them. I was waiting for these!ReplyDelete
Yeah disconnected that surfadelic site is something else he has so much stuff I am afraid to even start scratching the surface!! Glad you like the post and thanks for commenting,Delete
Hi there Dave B,Delete
Glad you dig the stuff at Surfadelic. ''Back From The Grave'' are not my rips but anyways sound pretty great [compared to CD version] even at low bitrates. Belive me there's no difference between 320 & 128 kbits, only below 100k you could hear some declines in sound. This is 60's punk alright!
If you're interested in more cool 60's garage comps I would suggest another fine series [if you don't dug it yet] ''Garage Punk Unknowns'' [in same style & quality as Back From The Grave], ''Sixties Archives'', Boulders, I'm A Wild Angel, Delaware Garage, and one I've posted recently - ''Tougher Than Stains''.
Also, check out my self-made comps ''Surfadelic Presents'' for more killer 60's punk.
All the best,
Thanks Mr. E yeah I have got to your site a few times through google searches for music and it's great! Wasn't complaining about the 128k rips in any way as I agree they sound great but I'm a bit of a stickler for higher bitrate as even though my ears are shot I have noticed a big difference occasionally when listening on my mp3 player (where i check out a lot of music) I thank you for the recommendations I will definitely get around to checking them out! I have wanted to browse your site fully but I'm a little ermmm "Intimidated" by the amount of unheard and unkown stuff on there but I will be doing so in the future!, Hope your site got some hits from my link and keep up the AMAZING work fellow blogger! Thanks for commenting,Delete
My old blog Surfadelic is shot down.
Just want to give you my new blog adress
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thank you VERY MUCH for these, you don't know how grateful i am right now~ReplyDelete
hey naz you are welcome reading your comment made me smile as i use blogs to get music myself and often feel the same way when i find something great, thanks for your comment,Delete
Hey man. Fell in love with these on youtube. Looked all over for just Vol. 1. I see that you put a lot of work into mastering these. Thank you very much. You are awesome!ReplyDelete
hey anonymous the credit goes to MR Eliminator from Surfadelic blog (you will find a library of surf and garage at his blog hereDelete
The work was all his i merely did all the tagging and that sort of thing glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the comment,
Outstanding work! Thank you for putting this all together with such love. The world needs more like you. - boatbutterReplyDelete
Thank you Boatbutter(?) and you are welcome glad so many people are enjoying this post i thought it might not go down too well, thanks for the comment,ReplyDelete
Thank you very much. Greetings from MallorcaReplyDelete
Greetings from the UK and Glad you enjoyed these,Delete
Heyy thank you so much, i´ve been searching for this from a long long time ago (years!).ReplyDelete
Greetings from Argentina!
Hey Cecilia Glad you found them here hope you enjoy them after the search! Thanks for commenting,Delete
Thank you thank you thank you. Been loving a lot of this stuff for years. ~Peace~ReplyDelete
No Prob Anonymus the real credit goes to Mr E from surfadelic blog ( Here https://surfadelic2.wordpress.com/ ) thats where i got vol 1 -8 from he posts tons of out of print garage,surf etc! Great stuff, Thanks for the comment,Delete
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Thank you!!! I have spent so much time tryin to finding this fantastic collection!ReplyDelete
Kisses from Spain!!
Hi Henar, you are welcome glad you found it all in one easy chunk, if you are a fan of this sort of original 60's garage type stuff you should go to the blog where i got it fromDelete
This guy is an absolute master of this music and his blog has hundreds of amazing garage rock bands he's the expert I'm a mere dabbler ha ha! Enjoy the music and thanks for your comment,
Thanks my friend. :)ReplyDelete
I dropped my external hard drive once too often recently & knackered it. I had this series on it, (and a lot more). I'd upgraded my laptop without keeping the back from the addresses for the various blogs, Duh!!! Your's was one i remembered. To say I was delighted when I saw back from the grave 1 to 10. I'm being asked for a password on some though, any hints?? I had a couple of 'em on vinyl back in the 80's. Cheers Dave,ReplyDelete
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Chris I have sent you a chat request on google hangouts we can discuss the password issue there I'd really appreciate it because |I'm not sure whats goin on this is not the first time this has happenedDelete
Hi Dave, sorry about not getting back to you, we had some internet issues, out here in the wild (south) west of Ireland. we're not connected to a phone line, and the mobile connection can get pretty sketchy. I was away in Dublin for an Ozric Tentacles gig for a few days. Needless to say they're still as dynamic as ever.ReplyDelete
No problem Chris if you check out your Gmail you should find messages for me on google hangouts I can't discuss password on a public forum so get in touch with me through the google hangouts thing and I can sort it out for you there,I kinda left Ozrics behind after Jurassic Shift but everything up to and including that album is GOLD!Glad they are still out there gigging and releasing albums tho they are legends!Delete
Thank you very much!!!ReplyDelete
Greetings from Austria
you're welcome nazgul! Greetings from the UK! Thanks for commenting,Delete
Thank you so much for sharing !!ReplyDelete
Thanx a lot!ReplyDelete
hey thanks for the great uploads. this post reminded me of this surf/garage/proto-punk/fuzz blog i found some days ago. i knew I saw this compilation there ^^. but there is also tons of interesting others stuff relevant to the development of punk.ReplyDelete
thought you guys might be interested. cheers!
this made my day <3ReplyDelete
Many thanks from OkinawaReplyDelete
thanks for sharingReplyDelete
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Thanks. Best Regards.ReplyDelete
back to the sixtiesBack to the Sixties - Wij zijn een Sixties-band met 4 enthousiaste muzikanten en hebben samen meer dan 100 jaar muzikale ervaring met hoofdzakelijk zestiger-jaren muziek.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much!!ReplyDelete
Poor Mp3 quality for great tunes ! Beuahhhh ....ReplyDelete
are you complaining cos the quality isn't great?? cos it took me many hours to put these together! I don't own the originals plus it's RAW garage rock from 50 years ago? what did you want for free?? processed from Cd to flac for that ultimate haoorible squeaky clean digital quality??? if your not happy go buy them on CD yourself instead of moaning!Delete
Thynaks so much!ReplyDelete
Thank you Under the Surface for keeping the garage 60's flame on
you have a great blog here! would you like to make some invite posts on my blog?ReplyDelete
Thanks a lot, from México!ReplyDelete
How do I join these blogsppts,?ReplyDelete
128 kbps ? It may well be garage rock, the sound must be zero as soon as you push the watts ... And that's what we do with this kind of music, right? Already the good quality mp3 sucks ...ReplyDelete
I love this music ... as of now (October 2021) Volume 4's link is down. Can you re-up? THANKSReplyDelete
Thanks for all you do Dave. Is there a new link for the surfadelic blog. All links get flagged as malicious.ReplyDelete
Thanks a lot for 5-6-7. Glad they are still active.ReplyDelete