These are excellent! If a garage rock comp is any good, it has its own distinct personality. This one is all Crypt, it has that LAS VEGAS GRIND vibe, but it’s dirty garage rock. Possibly the dirtiest and sloppiest compiled. -Ian!
Crypt Records’ Back From the Grave, Vol. 1 unearths tracks from some of the ’60s most obscure garage rockers, including brilliantly named combos like the Monacles, the One Way Streets, the Canadian Rogues, and the Alarm Clocks. The songs range from tough and alienated, like Elite’s “My Confusion” and the Lyrics’ “They Can’t Hurt Me,” to goofy fun like the One Way Streets’ “We All Love Peanut Butter.” The Novas’ “Crusher,” Me & Them Guys’ “I Loved Her So,” and the Alarm Clocks’ “Dinah Wants Religion” are among the many high points on this uncompromising, entertaining garage sampler.
The second volume from Crypt Records’ Back From the Grave series digs up more stylish, underground garage rock from ’60s groups like Murphy & the Mob, the Fabs, the Hallmarks, and the Sloths. Red Beard & the Pirates’ “Go On, Leave” is among the many high points on this uncompromising, entertaining garage sampler.
-Heather Phares, allmusic.com