Record Aficionado Volume 3: US Hardcore/Punk 1985-1990, By Tumbled Leather Publishing, 180 pgs.

Sep 16, 2021

A fantastic scrapbook and labor of love. Throughout, the unnamed editors provide (mostly) two-page spreads for dozens of albums, with one page featuring matrix numbers and pressing info, the other assembling ads, insert photos, and fanzine reviews from No Answers, Maximum Rocknroll, and more. As mentioned in the title, the releases tend towards American hardcore—Killing Time, Leeway, Sick Of It All, Up Front, Warzone, and Wide Awake all get four-page spreads rather than the usual two—but Dischord stuff gets a lot of coverage, as do poppy releases like Sweet Baby and Jawbreaker. I slept on volume one, now sold out, but volume two, focusing on Revelation Records, is still available, too. Engrossing and fascinating. –Michael T. Fournier (Tumbled Leather,