I figured since I have already done two posts on No Warning's Ill Blood album, it was time to hit up what I (in the vast minority) consider their best record. Their self titled 7".
As much as "Ill Blood" pretty much defined No Warning as a major player in the early 2000's, I think I like this record better. There is less of a NYHC, heavy, thug vibe and more straight up suburban hardcore sound. Hell, it might just come down to the thinner production, but these six songs are among my favorite of the era.
Collecting this record took me a long time to complete. After years of hunting down different colors and tour presses, in the end it was the most common versions on good old black vinyl that I was missing. Go figure. Thanks to Kyle Whitlow selling off a bulk of his collection last month, I was able to finish off the final pieces.
This record was released on Martyr Records out of New York State and saw two pressings. Luckily they are pretty easy to differentiate. Actual pressing numbers are a little sketchy. To me it seems like a few of the numbers have been deduced to come up with round even pressing numbers. Whatever. It's not that important.
First press. All center labels are blue.
Purple vinyl out of 100. The other accepted pressing number is actually 106 to include a few small variations like clear purple/1 or dark purple swirl/4.
2001 Summer tour press. Black vinyl.
Stamped and hand numbered out of 400 on the back sleeve fold.
This tour press also came with a lyric sheet as normally the lyrics and credits were printed on the inside of the regular sleeve.
Weekend tour cover. Black vinyl. Fantastic Underdog 7" rip off!
Stamped and hand numbered on the inside of the sleeve out of 150.
Finally, Black vinyl out of 348, or maybe 350. Kind of splitting hairs at this point but I guess it makes sense as when you add all the first pressings together it totals close to 1000.
Second press. This time they switched to red labels and went for two different colors.
White vinyl out of 200.
Finally, good old black vinyl. Generally accepted number is 800 pressed to make an even 1000.
Of course this 7" would be released again later the same year by Bridge Nine as a cd-only release that included three songs off their demo tape.
Remember back a decade ago when cds were cool? Yeah, me neither.
3 days ago
For some reason I still only have one copy of this 7" in my collection. Wanted the purple and underdog ones for years but never got around to them.ReplyDelete
I'm interested though - what are your thoughts on the second album?
Suffer, Survive? Yeah, I rarely think about that record. One big reason was the whole cd only thing (well except for those B9 test presses).ReplyDelete
I can understand the need for bands to grow and experiment but jeez, every time they get melodic on this album I swear it sounds like Sum 41. It's a bit much to stomach.
I like the lead track best I guess.
I only heard it for the first time ever last summer. Never bought the CD and so never heard it.. but last summer I somehow remembered it existed & downloaded it. I got really into it. I think I listened to it like 3 times a day for about a month. I couldn't really see why people gave it such a hard time. I mean, yes, it was a bit different, but it wasn't like it was some wuss out record. Kinda want one of those tests now... although not sure i want to pay what one might cost if one even became available.ReplyDelete