New York City Hardcore: The Way it Is (1988)
In response to the fact that I just admitted that Euro Hardcore is killing current American Hardcore I feel the need to remind that "not-so-current" American Hardcore is where it all began. In 1988 NYC was the hotbed of hardcore revolution. And Revelation Records was the label with it all. This compilation (a lost art, by the way) is an amazing view of what was going on at the time. With bands like WarZone (r.i.p. RayBeez), Breakdown and Bold and the future heavy weights of hardcore, Youth of Today, Sick of it All and the Gorilla Biscuits, this comp will keep your blood boiling and remind you why Revelation and NYC were so important at one point in the past.
My favorites? Ive always really liked the Breakdown song, Sick People. It is cheesy but powerful and one of the first tough guy hardcore songs. The Side by Side songs are also great and they were an overlooked part of the NY scene. Of course I love the Gorilla Biscuits as they were and still are my favorite of that style of music. The Supertouch song is also personal fave. The only things missing from this comp are non-rev bands like Agnostic Front and the allmighty Cro-Mags.
Anyway, have a good time looking into the past, and make sure to check out the other releases that these bands have put out.