Front 242 ‎– Front By Front

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RRE LP 7 Front 242 Front By Front(LP, Album) Red Rhino Europe RRE LP 7 Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
RRE CD 7 Front 242 Front By Front(CD, Album) Red Rhino Europe RRE CD 7 Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
SPV 85-1391, SPV-85-1391 Front 242 Front By Front(CD, Album) Animalized, Animalized SPV 85-1391, SPV-85-1391 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1988 Sell This Version
WAXCD 054 Front 242 Front By Front(CD, Album) Wax Trax! Records WAXCD 054 US 1988 Sell This Version
RRE CD7 Front 242 Front By Front(CD, Album) Red Rhino Europe RRE CD7 France 1988 Sell This Version
W2-49 Front 242 Front By Front(CD, Album) Nettwerk W2-49 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
RRECD7 Front 242 Front By Front(CD, Album) Red Rhino Europe RRECD7 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
RRE CD7, RRE CD 7 Front 242 Front By Front(CD, Album, MPO) Red Rhino Europe, Red Rhino Europe RRE CD7, RRE CD 7 Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
W4-30029 Front 242 Front By Front(Cass, Album) Nettwerk, Capitol Records W4-30029 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
64 345-C Front 242 Front By Front(Cass, Album) Nuevos Medios 64 345-C Spain 1988 Sell This Version
RRE MC 7 Front 242 Front By Front(Cass, Album) Red Rhino Europe RRE MC 7 France 1988 Sell This Version
RRE MC 7 Front 242 Front By Front(Cass, Album, Chr) Red Rhino Europe RRE MC 7 Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
WAXCS 054 Front 242 Front By Front(Cass, Album, Pla) Wax Trax! Records WAXCS 054 US 1988 Sell This Version
WAXCS 054 Front 242 Front By Front(Cass, Album, ∆, ) Wax Trax! Records WAXCS 054 US 1988 Sell This Version
RRE LP 7 Front 242 Front By Front(LP, Album) Red Rhino Europe, MNW RRE LP 7 Scandinavia 1988 Sell This Version
WAX 054 Front 242 Front By Front(LP, Album) Wax Trax! Records WAX 054 US 1988 Sell This Version
SPV 08-1389 Front 242 Front By Front(LP, Album) Animalized SPV 08-1389 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1988 Sell This Version
63 344 Front 242 Front By Front(LP, Album) Nuevos Medios 63 344 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
RRE LP 7 Front 242 Front By Front(LP, Album) Red Rhino Europe RRE LP 7 France 1988 Sell This Version
W1-30029 Front 242 Front By Front(LP, Album) Nettwerk W1-30029 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
08-1389 Front 242 Front By Front(LP, Album, TP) Animalized 08-1389 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
WAX 054 Front 242 Front By Front(LP, Album, TP) Wax Trax! Records WAX 054 US 1988 Sell This Version
RRE LP 7 Front 242 Front By Front(LP, Album, TP) Red Rhino Europe RRE LP 7 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
RRE CD7 Front 242 Front By Front(CD, Album) Stiletto RRE CD7 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
29B2-43 Front 242 Front By Front(CD, Album) Red Rhino Europe, Play It Again Sam Records 29B2-43 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
720.4012 Front 242 Front By Front(Cass, Album) Stiletto 720.4012 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
220.4012 Front 242 Front By Front(LP, Album) Stiletto 220.4012 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
21 0032-2 311, 210032-2311 Front 242 Front By Front(CD, Album, RE) Globus International, Globus International 21 0032-2 311, 210032-2311 Czechoslovakia 1990 Sell This Version
21 0032-1 311 Front 242 Front By Front(LP, Album) Globus International 21 0032-1 311 Czechoslovakia 1990 Sell This Version
21 0032-1 311 Front 242 Front By Front(LP, Album, Promo) Globus International 21 0032-1 311 Czechoslovakia 1990 Sell This Version
21 0032-1 311 Front 242 Front By Front(LP, Album, Promo, Blu) Globus International 21 0032-1 311 Czechoslovakia 1990 Sell This Version
21 0032-4 311 Front 242 Front By Front(Cass, Album, RE) Globus International 21 0032-4 311 Czechoslovakia 1991 Sell This Version
RRE 7 CD Front 242 Front By Front(CD, Album, RE, RM) Red Rhino Europe RRE 7 CD Europe 1992 Sell This Version
EK 52406 Front 242 Front By Front(CD, Album, RE, RM) Epic EK 52406 US 1992 Sell This Version
EK 52406, 52406 Front 242 Front By Front(CD, Album, RE, RM) Epic, Epic EK 52406, 52406 US 1992 Sell This Version
ET 52406, ET52406 Front 242 Front By Front(Cass, Album, RE, RM) Epic, Epic ET 52406, ET52406 US 1992 Sell This Version
none Front 242 Front By Front(Cass, Album, RE, Unofficial) Not On Label (Front 242) none Bulgaria 1992 Sell This Version
none Front 242 Front By Front(CD, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) First Town Records none Russia 1997 Sell This Version
ST 1023-2 Front 242 Front By Front(CD, Album, RE) Stiletto, Roadrunner Records ST 1023-2 Brazil 1999 Sell This Version
RRE 7 CD Front 242 Front By Front(CD, Album, RE, RM) Soyuz Music, Red Rhino Europe RRE 7 CD Russia 2008 Sell This Version
RRE LP 7 Front 242 Front By Front(LP, Album, RE) Play It Again Sam [PIAS] RRE LP 7 Belgium 2012 Sell This Version
none Front 242 Front By Front(16xFile, FLAC, Album, RE) Red Rhino Europe none Europe 2014
SL18243 Front 242 Front By Front(CD, Album, Unofficial) Star Line (7) SL18243 Russia 2018 Sell This Version
none Front 242 Front By Front(16xFile, AAC, Album, RE, RM, 128) Epic none US Unknown
ST 023 Front 242 Front By Front(CD, Album, RE) Stiletto ST 023 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
ST 1023-2 Front 242 Front By Front(CD, Album, RE) Stiletto ST 1023-2 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
RRE CD7, RRE CD 7 Front 242 Front By Front(CD, Album, RE) Red Rhino Europe, Red Rhino Europe RRE CD7, RRE CD 7 Belgium Unknown Sell This Version
RRE 7 CD, 510.0007.20 Front 242 Front By Front(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Red Rhino Europe, Red Rhino Europe RRE 7 CD, 510.0007.20 Belgium Unknown Sell This Version
EK 52406 Front 242 Front By Front(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Epic EK 52406 US Unknown Sell This Version
RRE 7 CD Front 242 Front By Front(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Red Rhino Europe RRE 7 CD Belgium Unknown Sell This Version
RRE 7 CD Front 242 Front By Front(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP, Arv) Red Rhino Europe RRE 7 CD Belgium Unknown Sell This Version
MTL-166 Front 242 Front By Front(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Music For The People MTL-166 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
384 Front 242 Front By Front(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Tact 384 Poland Unknown Sell This Version

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Electronic_Jamming

Electronic_Jamming

April 29, 2018
referencing Front By Front, LP, Album, RRE LP 7
The soundtrack of my youth !!! Nerves connected to the center...
lhasa67

lhasa67

May 22, 2017
referencing Front By Front, LP, Album, RRE LP 7
Im Rhythmus Bleiben sample 'alles wass drin ist ' from das boot (1981) , 'official version '
was the best front made , after that they couldn't take it to another level .
Spatzo

Spatzo

April 4, 2017
referencing Front By Front, LP, Album, RRE LP 7
I was lucky to see Front 242 on the tour of this record at St Andrews Hall in Detroit. It was the cleanest, loudest show I believe I have ever experienced. Thank you Front 242 for sparing my eardrums!
WORLOCK

WORLOCK

May 1, 2013
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Front By Front, CD, Album, WAXCD 054

Great cold EBM from the legendary pioneers of ebm -Front 242 .

This is the album who got me into EBM and electro industrial,
when I heard the voice and the sounds in the opening track -Until Death
I knew that this is the music I was looking for all my life.

I love the sound of the bass that Front 242 creates here. The cold vocals , the electronic bass and the drum machines create dark danceable music.

best tracks : Until Death ,Circling Overland and Headhunter .
bonnicon

bonnicon

May 21, 2012
referencing Front By Front, CD, Album, RE, RM, EK 52406
And the beats go on. This album shows without doubt that FRONT 242 have mastered their own art. "Until Death Us Do Part" for instance is musically not so very different to anything from the previous album, medium-paced, dense electronic mix, yet it's the vocals - full front wall of dark, serious voice & that makes the difference - they've got where they intended to go, so the only thing to do is look around and enjoy the blasted scenery. "Circling Overland" is one of their more simplistic pieces yet is darker than much of their music - like a machine with a malign, singular, crushing idea in mind. "In Rhythmus Bleiben" is a lighter, faster piece, intended no doubt for the dance floor. It falls into the category of a vocal track, although it mainly relies on the repeated chorus raging over the bushfire of last rhythm music. "Felines" is a slower piece which is probably the first track to see the vocalist developing an interesting style which, although often deep, is strong & dark, and the lyrics themselves are probably the most interesting since "Body To Body" & "U-Men". "First In/First Out" comes next, a punchy dance piece, simple, smooth, fairly typical of E.B.M. with 'you like the body/move the body' sung across it, dipping between the various percussive FX. "Blend The Strengths" opens with an Industrial morass of sounds before settling into a catchy dance piece with elements of, say NINE INCH NAILS in it (ie. truncated white fuzz guitar & thick, battering bursts of drum machine). This shows how far they've come - it's fairly complex & experimental with lots of interesting noises churning around inside it. "Headhunter V3.O" comes next, rising Phoenix-like from the morass which concludes the previous track. It's an obvious single with a hard and threatening, militaristic feel & lyrics to match, and an irresistable chant-along chorus. "Work 01" asks 'is this the kind of work you like to do', playing to a discontented generation. Its again typical hard-edged 242 material, showing even their album 'fillers' have become instant classics of Body Music. There's even reference to a mutilated body, for those who thirst for such things. "Terminal State" again brings NIN to mind, a track similar to "Down In It", although with a more mature-yet-typical FRONT sound. There's even some interesting cyberkinetic whirrs somewhere in the mix. "Welcome To Paradise", having one of the few pleasant titles on any of these albums opens with ranting preacher before setting off on a basic but hard dance track using a lot of vox sampling with various religious nuts shouting their mindless ware. "Headhunter V1.O" is a single version taken from the self named 12", a slightly harder, more upfront mix. The next 5 tracks are taken from the "Never Stop!" 12". "Never Stop! V1.0" is another catchy vocal/lyric-heavy piece which is catchy, but lacks the hook of "Headhunter". It concludes, reverses & "Work 242 N.Off Is N.Off" follows on it's heels, a more experimental, interesting piece with moments of fractured sound, others of more bludgeoning drumbeat. Again, strangely enough, there are elements of HUMAN LEAGUE's "Almost Medieval". "Agony (Until Death)" is a version of the opening album track, a more skeletal, passive rendition of this energetic track. "Never Stop! V1. 1" fades in on its heels, a second version of the EP title track. Following similar lines to it's original format, but not going for the jugular quite the same, it has some interesting sounds and some interesting panning devices. "Work 242" is yet another version of this track, this one being the longest track on the entire album. The way they smash into it proves that they have perfected their art, the final track on the final album in this collection confirming to me they have analysed Electronic Body Music, taken what the average person will see as the heart of the beat, and have built a golden shrine of hard dance music around it. The remixes seem to get harder & more adrenaline-stimulating. With this album FRONT 242 have probably arrived at perfect dance music. Where to now?
Well, the obvious answer was "Tyranny For You", which took a couple of steps back on some tracks, allowing them to move forward on the others. And the future? Well, there's an album planned for release in Autumn, and a compilation video entitled "Integration Eight X Ten" which should come out simultaneously.

Perhaps you don't agree with my words - it isn't easy to analyse a group who are yardstick others are measured by, but I hope I have looked deeply enough to interest those who haven't yet heard them or rekindle interest in those who have lost it. These albums sound somehow brighter, fresher, although I'm always a little cynical as to what changes - if any - digital re-mastering could make. The covers are certainly attractive - the transparent / translucent object gaining one spine for each successive album. My only criticism on the packaging front is the lack of BPM settings, which "Tyranny For You" at least had. Perhaps these are unknown, but it would have at least helped the local DJ to keep a constant tempo. I can do no more than recommend you invest in these albums ASAP.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.
watoo242

watoo242

February 16, 2011
referencing Front By Front, LP, Album, Promo, Blu, 21 0032-1 311
PROMOTIONAL COPY NOT FOR SALE in black vinyl
watoo242

watoo242

February 16, 2011
edited over 8 years ago
referencing Front By Front, LP, Album, RRE LP 7
lp RRELP7 NR 340 distribution new rose FRANCE
Livecode242

Livecode242

March 20, 2010
edited over 7 years ago
referencing Front By Front, CD, Album, MPO, RRE CD7, RRE CD 7

My previous comment was no correct! So, title track "Until Death (Us Do Part)" so perpetual and... dramatic...
Skeleton-Man

Skeleton-Man

June 12, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Front By Front, LP, Album, SPV 08-1389

I've read accusations of Front By Front being too mainstream and too little EBM. I do not agree to these proposals. In my book FBF is one of Front's finest albums, where everything comes together in a higher order. Moreover, where other F2 releases often contain a track or two that doesn't grab me, each and every track on FBF has something to offer.

Sure, one may miss the long and epic tracks of Official Version and other Front releases, but concentrating all their energy and ideas in 4 minute long tracks certainly proved worthwhile. Focus is never lost. For the sake of F2's legacy one can only regret that nor with this album did they get the appraisal that acts that they have fathered, notably, Prodigy and Massive Attack, has. Front 242 was there long before!

In any case, this is an album fans of electronic music should most certainly own.

And some trivia: Film freaks might find it interesting that quite a few samples on FBF are taken from Danish director Lars von Trier's 1984 movie "The Element Of Crime" (Forbrydelsens Element); "Is this the kind of work you'd like to do", "We have agreed to try hypnosis", "Water, water, everywhere" etc.