Front 242 ‎– Geography

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ND006, NEW D. 006, ND 06 Front 242 Geography(LP, Album) New Dance, New Dance, New Dance ND006, NEW D. 006, ND 06 Belgium 1982 Sell This Version
HIM. 15, HIM 015, HIM.015 Front 242 Geography(LP, Album) Himalaya, Himalaya, Himalaya HIM. 15, HIM 015, HIM.015 Belgium 1983 Sell This Version
CD MK1, CD MK 1 Front 242 Geography(CD, Album, RE, MPO) Red Rhino Europe, Red Rhino Europe CD MK1, CD MK 1 Belgium 1985 Sell This Version
A 0012, SPV 08-1369 Front 242 Geography(LP, Album, RE) Animalized, Animalized A 0012, SPV 08-1369 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1987 Sell This Version
WAX 034 Front 242 Geography(LP, Album, RE) Wax Trax! Records WAX 034 US 1987 Sell This Version
WAX 034 Front 242 Geography(LP, Album, RE, TP) Wax Trax! Records WAX 034 US 1987 Sell This Version
CD MK1, CD MK 1 Front 242 Geography(CD, Album, RE) Red Rhino Europe, Red Rhino Europe CD MK1, CD MK 1 Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
WAXCD 034 Front 242 Geography(CD, Album, RE) Wax Trax! Records WAXCD 034 US 1988 Sell This Version
SPV 85-1378 Front 242 Geography(CD, Album, RE) Animalized SPV 85-1378 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
MK1-MC Front 242 Geography(Cass, Album, RE) Red Rhino Europe MK1-MC Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
MK1-MC Front 242 Geography(Cass, Album, RE, Chr) Red Rhino Europe MK1-MC Benelux 1988 Sell This Version
WAX CS 034 Front 242 Geography(Cass, Album, RE) Wax Trax! Records WAX CS 034 US 1989 Sell This Version
ET 52408 Front 242 Geography (Cass, Album, RE, RM) Epic ET 52408 US 1992 Sell This Version
MK 1 CD Front 242 Geography(CD, Album, RE, RM) Red Rhino Europe MK 1 CD Europe 1992 Sell This Version
EK 52408 Front 242 Geography(CD, Album, RE, RM) Epic EK 52408 US 1992 Sell This Version
MG 1775 Front 242 Geography(Cass, Album, RE, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 1775 Poland 1992 Sell This Version
MG 1775 Front 242 Geography(Cass, Album, RE, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 1775 Poland 1993 Sell This Version
MK 1 CD Front 242 Geography(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Red Rhino Europe MK 1 CD Europe 1994 Sell This Version
none Front 242 Geography (CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Unofficial) First Town Records none Russia 1997 Sell This Version
none Front 242 Geography(13xFile, AAC, Album, RE, RM, 256) Alfa Matrix none Belgium 2004
none Front 242 Geography(19xFile, AAC, Comp, RE, RM, 256) Alfa Matrix none Belgium 2004
none Front 242 Geography(32xFile, FLAC, Album, Comp, RE, RM, Bon) Art & Strategy, Alfa Matrix none Belgium 2004
AM-1030CD Front 242 Geography(CD, Album, RE, RM) Alfa Matrix, Art & Strategy AM-1030CD Belgium 2004 Sell This Version
AM-1030DCDltd Front 242 Geography(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD + Ltd, Num) Art & Strategy, Alfa Matrix AM-1030DCDltd Belgium 2004 Sell This Version
AM-1030DCDltd Front 242 Geography(CDr, Album, RE, RM, TP) Art & Strategy, Alfa Matrix AM-1030DCDltd Belgium 2004 Sell This Version
none Front 242 Geography(CDr, Album, Ltd, RE, Unofficial) Electro Planet (2) none Ukraine 2008 Sell This Version
AM1241LPA Front 242 Geography(LP, Album, RE, Blu + CD, Album, RE + Ltd, RM) Alfa Matrix AM1241LPA Belgium 2016 Sell This Version
AM1241LPD Front 242 Geography(LP, Album, RE, Cry + CD, Album, RE + Ltd, RM) Alfa Matrix AM1241LPD Belgium 2016 Sell This Version
AM2241TLP Front 242 Geography(LP, Album, RE, RM + CD, Album, RE, RM + LP, Comp +) Alfa Matrix AM2241TLP Belgium 2016 Sell This Version
none Front 242 Geography(LP, Album, RE, RM, TP + LP, Comp, TP + 7", TP) Alfa Matrix none Belgium 2016 Sell This Version
AM1241LPC Front 242 Geography(LP, Album, RE, Red + CD, Album, RE + Ltd, RM) Alfa Matrix AM1241LPC Belgium 2016 Sell This Version
AM1241LPB Front 242 Geography(LP, Album, RE, Yel + CD, Album, RE + Ltd, RM) Alfa Matrix AM1241LPB Belgium 2016 Sell This Version
EK 52408 Front 242 Geography (CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Epic EK 52408 US Unknown Sell This Version
BAL-NEO-467-8 Front 242 Geography(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + Unofficial) Balalayka Records BAL-NEO-467-8 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
none Front 242 Geography(CD, Album, RE, RM) Alfa Matrix, Art & Strategy none Belgium Unknown Sell This Version
MG 1775 Front 242 Geography(Cass, Album, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 1775 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
MK1, MK 01 Front 242 Geography(LP, Album, RE) Red Rhino Europe, Red Rhino Europe MK1, MK 01 Belgium Unknown Sell This Version
MK1, MK 01 Front 242 Geography(LP, Album, RE) Red Rhino Europe, Red Rhino Europe MK1, MK 01 Belgium Unknown Sell This Version
MK 1 Front 242 Geography(LP, Album, RE) Red Rhino Europe MK 1 Belgium Unknown Sell This Version
MK 1 Front 242 Geography(LP, Album, RE, RP) Red Rhino Europe MK 1 Belgium Unknown Sell This Version

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geticus_polus

geticus_polus

October 31, 2018
referencing Geography, LP, Album, RE, RM + CD, Album, RE, RM + LP, Comp +, AM2241TLP
I understand that the tracks Ethics, Principles and Body to Body are packed in a single (hidden?) track at the end of the CD-version in this box. But are the respective track titles mentioned somewhere on the sleeve? As far as I can see from the pictures of the box here, they were ommitted from being mentioned.
BunnyHands

BunnyHands

August 16, 2018
referencing Geography, LP, Album, RE, RM, TP + LP, Comp, TP + 7", TP, none
This is fake and not from Wax Trax! Records. Test pressings for this release do not have this label or etching.
BRUSSELSLAWYER

BRUSSELSLAWYER

February 18, 2018
referencing Geography, CD, Album, RE, RM + CD + Ltd, Num, AM-1030DCDltd
Essential in each collection for all the rare and unreleased tracks. The remastering can be heard as a new work for the band.
watoo242

watoo242

November 23, 2017
referencing Geography, CD, Album, RE, RM + CD + Ltd, Num, AM-1030DCDltd
Also edited as PROMO with NO NUMBER in the inside cover
Betabox

Betabox

October 14, 2016
referencing Geography, LP, Album, ND006, NEW D. 006, ND 06

Must have for any fan of EBM, Synth pop or Electronic music in general. Using (tape) samples and gear like TR-808, Roland System 100 & 100M, Korg MS-20, Moog Source, PPG Wave, Yamaha CS-40M with lots of cold reverb this is a seminal album & club classic by the Belgian pioneers that stands the test of time.
zero1138

zero1138

September 19, 2013
referencing Geography, CD, Album, RE, RM + CD + Ltd, Num, AM-1030DCDltd
Very, very compressed and limited, with a massive bass boost to boot. This remastering really tears the album's originally ultra-dynamic sound to shreds. The bonus tracks are quite interesting, and it's great to hear "In November" for (what is to many) the first time as a studio production. "He Runs Too Fast For Us" is another good track, and the pre 242 demos are quite insightful. But alas, the remastered version of the original album is a victim of the loudness war. Don't spend too much on it.
DickTorture

DickTorture

October 16, 2012
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Geography, LP, Album, ND006, NEW D. 006, ND 06
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bonnicon

bonnicon

May 21, 2012
referencing Geography, CD, Album, RE, RM, EK 52408
How do you start analysing the yardstick by which so many others are measured? It's an easy cop-out for we reviewers to claim others to be influenced-by or sounding-not-unlike FRONT 242, but whom can one compare Them to? Who influenced the influence?
Actually, it's probably less of a task than it first seemed. The opening track "Operating Tracks" is so obviously their own sound - catchy song structure & simplistic-but-hard rhythmic electronics - that one's task looks impossible. However, "With Your Cries" begins to show the influences beneath. Could there be elements of early HUMAN LEAGUE there? It certainly sounds as if they're using analogue synths, sounds more harsh, less controlled, more vital played over a medium-paced simple rhythm "Art & Strategy" follows along similar lines, low bass-drum, run-away sequencer broken & ragged over a panting white noise constant sequence. "Geography II" is a short piece - only just over a minute long, showing that KRAFTWERK were at least one of their influences. "U-Men" is a well-known track showing that "Body To Body" wasn't a one-off fluke, being one of the harder-edged tracks on the album, catchy as hell, carried along on it's simplistic rhythm to a tight conclusion - no wastage, no meandering - straight to the heart & away. "Dialogues" is fairly typical of this album - a medium-slow-paced rhythmic piece with loads of synth scrawls across it, white audio graffiti. "Least Inkling" is another 'song', a simple beat / rhythm over which the vocals are laid minimally & electronic lead instruments show how individual they can be when played creatively. "GVDT" is a faster little piece, electronically-altered percussion giving us a glimpse of future 242 works where drums almost become irrelevant. Its also an early adventure into sampling with the phrase 'what's wrong' repeated in one part. But were this pre-sampler days? "Geography I" is another catchy-but-uncrowded piece with vocals set well-back in the mix, deep but discernible. The drums, weak electronic voices, still sound punchy in this context. "Black White Blue" is a medium-paced piece along the lines of the third track, fragmented & broken sequencer falling through gaps in the rhythm with great effect, sounding electronic without any shadow of a doubt, edgy, nervy & knife-edge-keen. "Kinetics" opens with a blast of TV dialogue, then settles into a slow-but-frosty rhythm over which synth scrawls, under which various rhythmic devices are employed. "Kampfbereit" is one of the most memorable tracks on the entire album - medium-paced and unhurried with vocals in German, it has a determined, sombre atmosphere. They obviously spent a lot more time on getting this one to sound as moody as it does. Bassy sequencer holds supremacy while sequencers & synths scamper across in perfect harmony to it's mood. "Ethics" is the first of three tracks from the "Two In One" 12", a simple little rhythmic piece based on drum machine & sequencer with vocals mixed way back. "Principles" is another catchy piece, hailing from the same EP. It's one of the more memorable tracks on the album built up on a calm sequence while all manner of synths scrawl across it, including a great fragmenting fanfare of sound. This is the longest track on the album (4'40") but doesn't seem a moment overstretched. "Body To Body" is a more laid back version with wisps of voice in the background. It is not the tight track well-known from the E.B.M. album, but a meandering semi-instrumental thing with what sounds like guitar from something by early SIOUXSIE or P.I.L.

An interesting debut from this group, made between 1981 & 1983. It has a 'back-room' feel to it, as if they had never been exposed to live work at this time. Having said which, this is probably not true, but it has a charm to it, as they seem to search for their own style.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.
morninghalo

morninghalo

May 19, 2011
referencing Geography, LP, Album, HIM. 15, HIM 015, HIM.015
this one was a surprise for me, and i am in no ways an industrial fan - rather, a kind of an observer. there was a recent admiration of the "vintage" synth sounds, and the use of overdrive, with that witch house hype.. i myself always wanted to know what's going on in the industrial scene, but the "classic" stuff from the mid-80s to mid-90s never clicked anything in me, somehow. Geography reminded me in particular of the first two Human League albums, but being kind of colder and more punchy. what i really liked are sound textures - i am on the verge of falling in love with the way the whole thing sounds. i don't know if it's because of the production on the remastered version, or the actual synths they used, but i kind of get hooked on every note - not because of the actual melody, but because of the way it sounds. and yes! there are melodies too - and everything is VARIED!! not repetitive stuff, nor that aggressive - its INTERESTING!
a reviewer in allmusic.com compared Geography to early Depeche Mode stuff, or at least found that comparison not groundless. and it suits me fine, because this album carries the playfulness and danceability of pop into this colder and more atmospheric/ambient/mechanistic context - i mean it's such an interesting experiment. and that's why i adored this album from its first notes. i can't say i like their later stuff that much, although i wish i have heard more - again, i am jugding personally.
fabriknos

fabriknos

December 11, 2010
referencing Geography, CD, Album, RE, RM + CD + Ltd, Num, AM-1030DCDltd
I personally thought this remastered version was a bit too loud and almost distorted, taking one of the all time classic electronic music albums and crushing some of the dynamics to produce something that is at today's current "loudness scale." Does it actually sound better than the original LP? I don't think so, though it certainly requires a lot less turning up of the volume knob. Technicalities aside, I do admit the collection of tracks here is awesome. You have the full Geography LP and a bunch of rare pre-242 music from the master himself, Daniel B. Let us not forget that 242 is truly Daniel B's band. He is the mastermind behind all of this wonderful music and if not for him, Patrick, Jean Luc and Richard would not have had the careers they have had. Much respect to one of the true originators of techno, EBM and everything else in the EDM scene.