Various ‎– New York City Hardcore - The Way It Is

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There are several variations of the LP version of this compilation:
• First pressings: Blue & green matte labels; New Haven address on back cover; comes with 12" x 12" 8-page booklet and label flyer
• Second pressings: Blue & green labels; New Haven address on back cover; comes with 12" x 12" single-page insert with Huntington Beach address at bottom right
• Third pressings: Black & white labels with Huntington Beach address; New Haven address on back cover; comes with 12" x 12" single-page insert with Huntington Beach address at bottom right
• 2001 press: 437 copies on blue vinyl
• 2013 press: 545 copies on opaque green vinyl
2014 press: 549 opaque yellow vinyl

Tracklist

Bold (2) Wise Up
Nausea (2) Fallout Of Our Being
Warzone (2) As One
Warzone (2) Escape From Your Society
Gorilla Biscuits Better Than You
Gorilla Biscuits Forgotten
Trip 6 Back With A Vengeance
Breakdown (4) Sick People
Youth Of Today Together
Youth Of Today Understand
Sick Of It All Politics
Sick Of It All Pete's Sake
Krakdown Ignorance
Side By Side (2) Dead Serious
Side By Side (2) Time Is Now
Youth Defense League Blue Pride
Supertouch Searchin' For The Light

Versions (15)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
REVELATION: 7, 7 Various New York City Hardcore - The Way It Is(LP, Comp, 1st) Revelation Records (8), Revelation Records (8) REVELATION: 7, 7 US 1988 Sell This Version
REVELATION: 7, 7 Various New York City Hardcore - The Way It Is(Cass, Comp) Revelation Records (8), Revelation Records (8) REVELATION: 7, 7 US 1988 Sell This Version
REVELATION: 7 Various New York City Hardcore - The Way It Is(LP, Comp, 2nd) Revelation Records (8) REVELATION: 7 US 1988 Sell This Version
REVELATION: 7, 7 Various New York City Hardcore - The Way It Is(LP, Comp, TP, 1st) Revelation Records (8), Revelation Records (8) REVELATION: 7, 7 US 1988 Sell This Version
Revelation: 7 Various New York City Hardcore - The Way It Is(LP, Comp, RE) Revelation Records (8) Revelation: 7 US 1992 Sell This Version
REVELATION: 7, 7 Various New York City Hardcore - The Way It Is(LP, Comp, RE) Revelation Records (8), Revelation Records (8) REVELATION: 7, 7 US 1992 Sell This Version
Revelation: 7 Various New York City Hardcore - The Way It Is(LP, Comp, RE) Revelation Records (8) Revelation: 7 US 1992 Sell This Version
Revelation: 07 Various New York City Hardcore: The Way It Is(LP, Comp, RE, TP, Gre) Revelation Records (8) Revelation: 07 US 1992 Sell This Version
Revelation:7 Various New York City Hardcore: The Way It Is(CD, Comp, RE) Revelation Records (8) Revelation:7 US 1993 Sell This Version
Revelation:7 Various New York City Hardcore: The Way It Is(CD, Comp, RE) Revelation Records (8) Revelation:7 US 1993 Sell This Version
IR 183-4 Various New York City Hardcore - The Way It Is(Cass, Album, Comp, RE) IYE Records, Nebiula Production, Revelation Records (8) IR 183-4 Malaysia 2001 Sell This Version
Revelation: 07 Various New York City Hardcore: The Way It Is(LP, Comp, RP, Blu) Revelation Records (8) Revelation: 07 US 2001 Sell This Version
Revelation: 07 Various New York City Hardcore: The Way It Is(LP, Comp, RP, Gre) Revelation Records (8) Revelation: 07 US 2013 Sell This Version
Revelation: 07 Various New York City Hardcore: The Way It Is(LP, Comp, RP, Gol) Revelation Records (8) Revelation: 07 US 2014 Sell This Version
REVELATION: 7 Various New York City Hardcore - The Way It Is(LP, Comp, Ora) Revelation Records (8) REVELATION: 7 US Unknown Sell This Version

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jonarmst

jonarmst

October 29, 2018
referencing New York City Hardcore - The Way It Is, LP, Comp, 1st, REVELATION: 7, 7

If I had to pick one album that best defined my early adolescent punk/HC days... well, this _might_ not be it, but it would definitely be int the Top Ten. (If I had to pick one NYHC hardcore record that defined the sound the best, it would probably be the Blackout! Records compilation "Where the Wild Things Are"). Nevertheless, this record packs a massive punch: the opening track by Bold is somewhat generic straight-edge hardcore, but it blasts off like a rocket from there, with some brutal gutterpunk hardcore from Nausea, moving into some seminal tracks by Warzone, Gorilla Biscuits, and Youth of Today, then rounding out with some nicer melodic hardcore from Supertouch (who also did an excellent full-length).

I was always disappointed that the Side by Side project (who put out another excellent 7" on that name) never got around to doing a full length album. Overall, this is probably in my top five NYHC releases, along with the Blackout compilation, the Life's Blood 7", the Side by Side 7", and the Sick of it All "fisheye photo" 7".