Another bit of a history lesson, kids.
This is the legendary series of DIY discs put out by one David Gibson, originally of Los Angeles, then Springfield, Oregon. In early 1977, a friend gave him an old record-cutting lathe. Wanting to play around with it, Dave decided to start a label. Thus was conceived, Moxie Records. The first releases were old '60s favourites, such as The Chocolate Watchband, The Tongues of Truth, The Sons of Adam, and The Rogues. Each came with a cheaply-printed picture sleeve. As Dave dug deeper and deeper into '60s Garage Punk records at swap meets and collectors' shows, he subsequently released various EP's on Moxie: a Surf EP, a Folk Rock EP, rare early Frank Zappa productions, etc. But of course, the reason we're here is for the collection mentioned in the header. The chronology, is pretty simple: in 1973, Jac Holzman and Lenny Kaye release Nuggets. In 1979, Greg Shaw put out Pebbles. A year later, came Dave Gibson's Boulders. They were raw; they were crude. Instead of remastering the cuts in a studio, Dave used the cheapest vinyl he could find. The sound quality was atrocious, and the cover art was nothing but photocopies of Polaroids and photocopies. Many of the albums weren't even sequenced. Having said that, tough, Dave was the first to uncover a lot of extremely rare, one-off '60s punk rarities. Many of the gems found here were later reissued elsewhere.
Once again, I got lazy and decided to crib the following descriptions from another site (hey...at least I'm honest about lying).
BTW: I'll post Volumes 8-11 as soon as I get the chance.
(VA) Boulders - Vol. 1 (1980):
One of the earliest series, dating from '79-80 and issued by Cal collector Dave Gibson. Hasn't got the best reputation but this first volume is a classic with every track a winner. A reissue is or was available. Essential to any punk fan.
(VA) Boulders - Vol. 2 (1980):
Trackswise almost as good as vol 1 but with the worst sound quality you'll ever hear. Literally unlistenable. Most of the best cuts have been re-ished elsewhere but a few are only available on this. Too bad. It seems the reason some of the Boulders sound so bad is that Dave G insisted on manufacturing them with his own old equipment rather than at a professional plant.
(VA) Boulders - Vol. 3 (1982):
Again an excellent selection and with decent sound quality. Well worth getting. A close inspection of the sleeve will also reveal Mr Gibson's true source of inspiration...
(VA) Boulders - Vol. 4 (1982):
...which could account for the bizarre scheme of alphabetical recycling that begins with this volume. In addition to the inevitable drop in quality there's fewer tracks here than before. Sound quality OK.
(VA) Boulders - Vol. 5 (1983):
Some good tracks and some fillers. Pretty good sound quality.
(VA) Boulders - Vol. 6 (1983):
This one's pretty good. Several classic punkers and some spooky psych tracks. Could be worth it. OK sound.
(VA) Boulders - Vol. 7 (1983):
Again a decent selection of punk/psych but with too many fillers. Sound quality below average.