Back from the Grave, Volume 6 (LP) is the sixth installment in the Back from the Grave series of garage rock compilations assembled by Tim Warren of Crypt Records. It was released in 1986. In keeping with all of the entries in the series, and as indicated in the subheading which reads "17 Loud Unpsychedelic Wild Mid-60s Garage Punkers," this collection generally excludes psychedelic, folk rock, and pop-influenced material in favor of basic primitive rock and roll, usually consisting of songs displaying the rawer and more aggressive side of the genre often characterized by the use of fuzztone-distorted guitars and rough vocals. The packaging features well-researched liner notes written by Tim Warren which convey basic information about each song and group, such as origin, recording date, and biographical sketches, usually written in a conversational style that includes occasional slang, anecdotes, humorous asides. The liner notes are noticeably opinionated, sometimes engaging in tongue-in-cheek insults directed at other genres of music. The packaging also includes photographs of the bands, and the front cover features a highly satirical cartoon by Mort Todd which depicts the customarily vengeful deeds of revivified zombies, but this time, in a version of the future based on a retro-vision from the past, replete with flying saucers, these defiantly "earthly" creatures have taken Crypt records' makeshift fighter-plane for a joyride into orbit for the purpose of not-so-safely depositing their "musically heterodox" victims into the outer reaches of space.
The set begins with "My World Is Upside Down" by the Shames from Ipswich, Massachusetts, who are also later represented on the set with "Special Ones." Two Michigan bands, Keggs from Detroit, who perform "Girl" and the Ascots from Pontiac ("So Good"), are also included on side one. Side two begins with "Varsity Club Song" by the Golden Catalinas from La Crosse, Wisconsin followed by "Say You Love Me," by Billy & the Kids from Wenatchee, Washington. "Come on Mary" is by the Abandoned "Love's a Fire" by the Werps. The set concludes with "Through the Night" by The Trojans Of Evol.
Back from the Grave, Volumes 5 and 6 (CD) is a re-mastered CD that combines into one disc volumes 5 and 6 of the original 1983 LPs in the Back from the Grave series of garage rock compilations out by Tim Warren of Crypt Records. This CD was released in 2015. Until the advent of this CD in 2015, there had been no prior releases of volumes 5 and 6 on CD, as all of the songs which were included on the volumes 5 and LPs, appeared instead on volumes 1-4 in the old CD series—the entries in that old CD series differed dramatically from the LPs. However, this CD is a part of a new Back from the Grave sub-series which attempts to more faithfully replicate the song selection original LPs, bringing the series for the first time into multi-media coherence. Like the LPs the packaging features well-researched liner notes written by Tim Warren which convey basic information about each song and group, such as origin, recording date, and biographical sketches. The packaging also includes photographs of the bands, and the front cover (taken from the Volume 5 LP) features a highly satirical cartoon by Mort Todd. The track list to the Volumes 5 and 6 CD is similar to the corresponding LPs, but there are some differences.