The Strokes ‎– Is This It

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Debut studio album by American rock band the Strokes.
The album was released during the Summer of 2001 on different dates in different territories to coincide with or capitalise on live performances: Australia (July 30, 2001), Japan (August 22), UK (August 27).
The September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City postponed the group's CMJ Music Marathon performance, and the album release was rescheduled for October 9. The US CD version of the album replaced "New York City Cops" with a newly recorded song, "When It Started", while the vinyl edition retained the original track list.
Additionally, the album's original cover photo was replaced by a less sexually explicit artwork for the US market.

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RADV 68045-2 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album, Promo, Car) BMG, RCA Records Label RADV 68045-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
BVCP-21216 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album) RCA, BMG BVCP-21216 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
07863 68045 2 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album) RCA, BMG 07863 68045 2 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
RTRADECD030 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album) Rough Trade RTRADECD030 UK & Ireland 2001 Sell This Version
CDRCA (CF) 7055 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album) RCA CDRCA (CF) 7055 South Africa 2001 Sell This Version
07863 68101-2 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album) RCA 07863 68101-2 Canada 2001 Sell This Version
07863 68101-2 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album) RCA 07863 68101-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
07863680452 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album) RCA 07863680452 Australia 2001 Sell This Version
DFA 078636804521 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album) RCA, BMG DFA 078636804521 Mexico 2001 Sell This Version
07863680452 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album) RCA, BMG Brasil 07863680452 Brazil 2001 Sell This Version
BGB 68101 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album, Club) BMG, RCA BGB 68101 US 2001 Sell This Version
BG2 68101 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album, Club) BMG, RCA BG2 68101 Canada 2001 Sell This Version
07863 68045 2 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album, Enh, Unofficial) RCA (2) 07863 68045 2 2001 Sell This Version
07863 68045-2 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album, Promo) RCA 07863 68045-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
none The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album, Promo) BMG Ariola Hamburg GmbH none Germany 2001 Sell This Version
0 786368045 1 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album, Unofficial) RCA (2) 0 786368045 1 2001 Sell This Version
none The Strokes Is This It(CDr, Album, Promo) BMG France none France 2001 Sell This Version
none The Strokes Is This It(CDr, Album, Promo) BMG France none France 2001 Sell This Version
none The Strokes Is This It(CDr, Album, Promo) Rough Trade none UK 2001 Sell This Version
0786368045-4 The Strokes Is This It(Cass, Album) RCA Records 0786368045-4 Malaysia 2001 Sell This Version
07863 68045-4, BMG 9179 The Strokes Is This It(Cass, Album) RCA, BMG Music Indonesia 07863 68045-4, BMG 9179 Indonesia 2001 Sell This Version
078636804545 The Strokes Is This It(Cass, Album) RCA 078636804545 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
07863680454 The Strokes Is This It(Cass, Album) BMG, RCA 07863680454 Poland 2001 Sell This Version
07863 68045 4 The Strokes Is This It(Cass, Album) BMG Russia, RCA 07863 68045 4 Russia 2001 Sell This Version
RTRADELP 030 The Strokes Is This It(LP, Album) Rough Trade RTRADELP 030 UK 2001 Sell This Version
07863 68045 1 The Strokes Is This It(LP, Album) RCA, BMG 07863 68045 1 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
07863 68045-1, 68045-1 The Strokes Is This It(LP, Album, Gat) RCA, RCA 07863 68045-1, 68045-1 US 2001 Sell This Version
68045-2 The Strokes Is This It?(CD, Album) RCA, BMG 68045-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
RCA 07863-68101-2 The Strokes Is This It?(CD, Album) RCA RCA 07863-68101-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
PROCD21191 The Strokes Is This It?(CD, Album, Promo, Car) BMG, RCA PROCD21191 Australia 2001 Sell This Version
none The Strokes Is This It?(CDr, Album, Promo) BMG Denmark none Denmark 2001 Sell This Version
07863 68101-2 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album) BMG Argentina 07863 68101-2 Argentina 2002 Sell This Version
74321 95450 2 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album + DVD, Ltd, RE) RCA, BMG 74321 95450 2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
07863 68128-2 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album, Club, RE + DVD) RCA 07863 68128-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
07863 68128-2 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album, RE + DVD) RCA 07863 68128-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
07863 68128-2 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album, RE + DVD) RCA 07863 68128-2 Canada 2002 Sell This Version
74321-95450-2 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album, RE + DVD) BMG Taiwan 74321-95450-2 Taiwan 2002 Sell This Version
7432195450-2 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album, RE + DVD) RCA 7432195450-2 Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
74321 95450 2 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album, RE + DVD) RCA 74321 95450 2 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
VK-0699 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album, Unofficial) Vigin VK-0699 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
BVCP 24010 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album, RE + DVD) RCA, BMG BVCP 24010 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
07863680452 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album, RE) RCA 07863680452 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
cat no rtradelp030 The Strokes Is This It(LP + CD) RCA cat no rtradelp030 UK & Europe 2011 Sell This Version
RTRADELP030 The Strokes Is This It(LP, Album, RE) Rough Trade RTRADELP030 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
RTRADELP 030 The Strokes Is This It(LP, Album, RE, Red) Rough Trade RTRADELP 030 UK 2011 Sell This Version
RTRADELP030 The Strokes Is This It(LP, Album, Unofficial) Rough Trade (2) RTRADELP030 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
MOVLP085 The Strokes Is This It(LP, Album, RE, 180) Music On Vinyl, RCA, Legacy MOVLP085 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
07863 68045-1 The Strokes Is This It(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Blu) RCA 07863 68045-1 US 2014 Sell This Version
07863 68045-1 The Strokes Is This It(LP, Album, RE, Gat) RCA 07863 68045-1 US 2014 Sell This Version
07863 68045-1 The Strokes Is This It(LP, Album, RE, Gat) RCA 07863 68045-1 US 2014 Sell This Version
07863-68045-1 The Strokes Is This It(LP, Album, RE, TP, Yel) RCA 07863-68045-1 US 2014 Sell This Version
RTRADELP030 The Strokes Is This It(LP, Album, RE) Rough Trade RTRADELP030 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
88985430022 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album, RE) RCA 88985430022 Australia 2017 Sell This Version
RTRADECD030 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album) Rough Trade RTRADECD030 UK & Ireland Unknown Sell This Version
RCA 07863-68101-2 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album, MP, RP) RCA RCA 07863-68101-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
RTRADECD030 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album, RE) Rough Trade RTRADECD030 UK & Ireland Unknown Sell This Version
RTRADECD030 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album, RE) Rough Trade RTRADECD030 UK & Ireland Unknown Sell This Version
07863 68045 2 The Strokes Is This It(CD, Album, RP) RCA 07863 68045 2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
RTRADELP 030 The Strokes Is This It(LP, Album) Rough Trade RTRADELP 030 UK Unknown Sell This Version
RTRADELP030 The Strokes Is This It(LP, Album, Unofficial, Yel) Rough Trade RTRADELP030 Europe Unknown Sell This Version

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PruneJoshRecords

PruneJoshRecords

December 3, 2018
referencing Is This It, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Blu, 07863 68045-1
The only vinyl pressing that has "When It Started" on this album. Correct me if i'm wrong.
8bitBarry

8bitBarry

October 16, 2018
edited 2 months ago
referencing Is This It, LP, Album, RE, 180, MOVLP085
I think some commenters on Discogs forget the fact that there is actually a recording process - microphones, a mixer, an engineer and all this can accumulatively effect the presence and ultimately the listening experience along way before mastering. This Strokes album was recorded in a 'dimly lit basement' and doesn't have the recording fidelity of a multi million dollar studio, which inversely doesn't have the creative vibe of a dimly lit basement. It's not a great fidelity experience, with vocals being sung through a £300 mic or into a guitar amp on many tracks... "I would start turning the knobs on every piece of equipment until the frowns began turning into smiles. That was the technique for working with The Strokes" - doesn't sound like an exact science really or a high fidelity recording. It's also worth noting that a lot of smaller studios had poor quality sound cards at their centre, poor in comparison to todays incredible AD/DA converters. Tape was still infinitely better in my opinion in 2000, but most couldn't bare to work without a computer.

We all know that when a high fidelity recording is remastered / pressed by Music on Vinyl, they deliver a stellar job. This is a brash sounding album of a garage rock band that was recorded in a basement studio on reasonably budget equipment. It's a spontaneous recording, not the audiophile experience, something that I am sad about as in the right hands, it could very well have been a sonic masterpiece too.

Straight after, I put on my beloved Mobile Fidelity version of the Pixies 'Doolittle' for a reality check. If only....
anthonylukefoto

anthonylukefoto

July 19, 2018
edited 4 months ago
referencing Is This It, LP, Album, RE, 180, MOVLP085

Clean pressing but the sound is so compressed I thought something was wrong with my stereo system. Buyer beware.
lfabresm

lfabresm

March 7, 2018
referencing Is This It, LP, Album, Gat, 07863 68045-1, 68045-1
I have a copy of this album which matches with the US cover, barcode and track list. However, as other users I doubt this is the original pressing. The record is a heavy version 150-180 grams I guess, and the front cover has a sticker with black background and "The Strokes" in white letters and "Is This It" in red.
pilotfish693

pilotfish693

January 7, 2018
referencing Is This It, LP, Album, RTRADELP 030
is there any difference between this one and the bmg press from the same year?
leonthepro

leonthepro

October 14, 2017
edited 9 months ago
referencing Is This It, LP, Album, RE, 180, MOVLP085

Like most Music On Vinyl releases it sounds great. Pressing and mastering are both on point as I hear it. Im unable to directly compare to an original but if I had to bet my money on the best issue since the first press I would definitely go with this one. Both are by GC from Sterling so its basically the same great mastering from a better pressing company as I see it. MOV usually do DMM cuts from what I know which might be different from the original though and the original was cut by RJ but here we cant be sure with nothing in the runouts.

Equipment used:
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bakerjs

bakerjs

September 21, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Is This It, LP, Album, Gat, 07863 68045-1, 68045-1
This entry should only be for the rare 2001 version with "New York City Cops" and the US cover. Per an interview in 2001/2002 with Julian Casablancas (I read it back then and wish I could find it now), about 5,000 copies were pressed before 9/11 with the song "New York City Cops."

After 9/11, "New York City Cops" was replaced with "When It Started" on the US CD version. They didn't press more US vinyl copies for several years (there were just the original ~5,000 floating around), but when they did start re-pressing vinyl copies years later, they kept "New York City Cops" and used the same catalog number/bar code as the 2001 vinyl version.

If you found a new record at a store recently for ~$20 with the US cover and "New York City Cops" (even with the same catalog number), it is not this original 2001 pressing and should be listed separately.

If someone out there has vinyl copies of the original and later pressings, there are probably subtle runout variations that could differentiate the pressings.
classicrock27

classicrock27

April 19, 2017
referencing Is This It, LP, Album, RE, RTRADELP030
Has anybody heard the 2001 release vinyl compared to this 2010 release that is 180g. Is the sound quality that different?
MrShocktime

MrShocktime

April 3, 2017
referencing Is This It, LP, Album, RE, Gat, 07863 68045-1

Does anyone know of a pressing that has "When It Started" instead of "NYC Cops"??
LeonardoA

LeonardoA

January 16, 2017
referencing Is This It, CD, Album, 07863 68045 2
The story of the New York band The Strokes is best compare with the breakthrough of Oasis. The band around Liam and Noel Gallagher was about ten years ago a real sensation, while everyone could hear their music is anything but original was. Apparently there was at that time in England need yet another Beatles revival and Oasis was the right band in the right place. The music of The Strokes is also not original. You think at first to a poor absorption of Iggy Pop or The Velvet Underground. But then it turns out that the cd just out of 2001 comes to five very young customers and that you're listening to. Main group member is singer/songwriter Julian Casablancas. He has managed to eleven very catchy to write songs with refreintjes you can whistle after one listen. Despite the radio-unfriendly, dirty guitar sound brought out the first single "The Modern Age makes it easy to reach the top ten of the charts in England. But yes, there is one not averse to a good hype. In Netherlands we are usually what more down-to-Earth, but nothing I would be surprised if 2001 will go down in the history books as the year in which The Strokes by vomiting. Listen to the classics-in-to-be Barely Legal and Someday and you have to admit that The Strokes in 2001 the right band in the right place. Not original so, but very good.