Front 242 ‎– Geography

Art & Strategy ‎– AM-1030DCDltd, Alfa Matrix ‎– AM-1030DCDltd
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1-1 Front 242 Operating Tracks 3:53
1-2 Front 242 With Your Cries 2:59
1-3 Front 242 Art + Strategy 2:16
1-4 Front 242 Geography II 1:10
1-5 Front 242 U-Men
Backing Vocals [Chorus Backing Vocals] – Richard*Lead Vocals [Main Vocals] – Jean-Luc*Voice [Myself Whisper Voices In The Verses] – Daniel B.
1-6 Front 242 Dialogues 2:06
1-7 Front 242 Least Inkling 2:28
1-8 Front 242 GVDT 2:57
1-9 Front 242 Geography I
Backing Vocals – Daniel*Lead Vocals – Jean-Luc*
1-10 Front 242 Black White Blue 4:17
1-11 Front 242 Kinetics
Vocals [Chanting And Screaming Vocals Parts/And Me] – Daniel B.Vocals [Chanting And Screaming Vocals Parts] – Dirk*, Patrick*
1-12 Front 242 Kampfbereit
Lead Vocals [Main Vocals] – Jean-Luc*Text By [Text] – Jean-Luc*Voice [Talking] – Patrick*
1-13.1 Front 242 He Runs Too Fast For Us
Backing Vocals [Additional Backing Vocals, Babbling] – Patrick*Lead Vocals [Main Vocals] – Jean-Luc*
1-13.2 Front 242 (silence) 1:58
1-13.3 Front 242 Principles 5:02
1-13.4 Front 242 Body To Body
Voice [I Overdubbed My Voice] – Daniel B.
1-13.5 Front 242 Ethics
Backing Vocals [Chorus Backing Vocals] – Richard*Lead Vocals [Main Vocals] – Jean-Luc*Voice [Myself Whisper Voices In The Verses] – Daniel B.
2-1 Prothese Couteau 3:27
2-2 Prothese Conditionnel Humain 6:19
2-3 Prothese Chanson 3:54
2-4 Underviewer* Syncussion 3:16
2-5 Underviewer* Mood 2:27
2-6 Front 242 Principle (2trax) 3:32
2-7 Front 242 Body To Body (2trax) 3:39
2-8 Underviewer* Labo 3:52
2-9 Underviewer* I Remember 2:33
2-10 Underviewer* Trouble 3:40
2-11 Front 242 U-Men (Instrumental) 3:29
2-12 Front 242 Kampfbereit (Instrumental) 3:37
2-13 Front 242 In November 2:47
2-14 Front 242 Controversy Between (Aerial Version) 3:46
2-15 Front 242 Sample D. (Aerial Version) 3:29
2-16 Front 242 Take One (Re-Built) 4:47
2-17 Front 242 See The Future 5:52
2-18 Front 242 Take One (Live VPRO)
Drums, Percussion – Jean-Pierre Pauly*Synth – Dirk*, Patrick*Synth [And Me] – Daniel B.Vocals – Jean-Luc*
2-19 Front 242 Kampfbereit (Live VPRO)
Drums, Percussion – Jean-Pierre Pauly*Synth – Dirk*, Patrick*Synth [And Me] – Daniel B.Vocals – Jean-Luc*

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Limited & numbered (6200 copies) edition double CD set re-release of the first album by Front 242. Comes in a DVD package with 12-page booklet .

CD.01 contains the original Geography tracks, remixed from the original master tapes. Track 1-13.1 is a previously unreleased track recorded in the same time period.
Track 1-3 is referred as "Art And Strategy" in booklet.
Track 1-4 is also referred as "Geography 2" in booklet.
Tracks 1-13.2 to 1-13.5 are not listed on sleeve. Total duration of track 1-13 is 15:31.
Track 1-13.3 is referred as "Principles single" in booklet.
Track 1-13.4 is referred as "Body To Body single" in booklet.

CD.02 contains previously unreleased tracks, demo versions, rare live versions and songs from the pre-Front 242 period (Prothese and Underviewer).
Track 2-6 is referred as "Principles instrumental" in booklet.
Track 2-7 is referred as "Body To Body instrumental" in booklet.
Track 2-19 is also known as "Kampfbereit (French Version)" and referred as "Kampfbereit instrumental" in booklet.

The two live versions of "Kampfbereit" and "Take One" are taken from the incomplete concert recorded live for the [Invalid Label] show "Spleen" at Studio Villa, Brussels, May 1, 1983. "Geography I", the opening song, is missing.
This live session was used as an early demo by the band, and most of the concert (missing "Geography I") is available on the Kampfbereit bootleg.
Tracks 2-18 & 2-19 courtesy of VPRO Radio Netherlands.

Tools: Nuendo 1.6 and Proac reference 8.

Made in E.U.

Tracks 1-1 to 1-12 © published by Daniel Bressanutti, Jean-Luc DeMeyer, Patrick Codenys and Het Gerucht.
Track 1-13.1 and 2-1 to 2-19 © published by Daniel Bressanutti, Jean-Luc DeMeyer and Patrick Codenys.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (String): 5099751620327
  • Barcode (Text): 5 099751 620327
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1): STRE.040225.001
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2): STRE.040225.002
  • Rights Society: SABAM

Other Versions (5 of 43) View All

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
WAX 034 Front 242 Geography(LP, Album, RE) Wax Trax! Records WAX 034 US 1987 Sell This Version
MG 1775 Front 242 Geography(Cass, Album, RE, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 1775 Poland 1993 Sell This Version
WAX 034 Front 242 Geography(LP, Album, RE, TP) Wax Trax! Records WAX 034 US 1987 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


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February 18, 2018
Essential in each collection for all the rare and unreleased tracks. The remastering can be heard as a new work for the band.


November 23, 2017
Also edited as PROMO with NO NUMBER in the inside cover


September 19, 2013
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.


December 11, 2010
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.


December 18, 2008
Another victim of the loudness war. Music like this should not be compressed so heavily and constantly pegging 0db - you need those clicks and bleeps to have some punch. Unfortunately, that kind of ruins it for me. Also, I'm not sure why they combined Ethics, Principles, and Body To Body on one hidden track - they were included as separate tracks on the 1992 release so why not here? Complaints aside, it was cool to hear some tracks in their earlier projects, and how one's ambient style and another's rock style joined forces. The rest on disc two are nothing special, mostly for completists. For a less minimal version of See The Future, check the 1992 re-issue of No Comment.


May 15, 2007
edited over 13 years ago

The reissue of "Geography", originally released 22 years ago, gives a historic insight of Front 242, these remarkable artists who, in their times, stunned the pop music world. The cultural context of 1982 was dominated by political cynism (Thatcher, Reagan) and the materialism of the yuppies who liked a bland music which was already a prey to mercantile considerations. The punk rebellion wasn't clever enough to break this system. Then, these four "warlike insects" rose up, as much influenced by the pictorial avant-gardes of the last century than by television's news. Their way of doing was radical, and their aesthetics was rough and even "terrorist". The only European cousins of Front 242 were called D.A.F, Fad Gadget, Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire. They were geographically isolated, but they shared the same idea that sound creation and plastic arts are one, and that it should be practised with a philosophy close to electro-acoustic researches. Later, it was said that the members of Front 242 were the first sound designers of techno. Indeed, "Geography" is in the line of the irreverent DIY inherited from punk music. We feel that the band didn't have a very modern equipment (which was very expensive then), but they already know how to deal with these unstable monsters that were the first digital synthesizers which were available to everybody. At first, the icy vocal entices you. It reminds a kind of mutating Joy Division, probably the sublimated version of New Order in gestation. The cover was totally coherent with the "basic product" that the band controlled from start to finish. The record company didn't have any control over these home studio musicians who evolved in an artistical desert. The first round was won, then they'll have to face the conservatism of rock music who was really shocked there wasn't any guitars on stage. "Geography" is the Galileo of modern music. Right in the middle of rock'n'roll's obscurantism, it announced the radical advent of Detroit techno, of New York hip-hop and of Chicago house. Later, some tried to burn these wizards and to hush their influence, but if it's easy to persecute human beings, the sound stays elusive. The hardcore fans of the band will rejoice to learn that the limited edition of the record goes with novelties, demos and live recordings. This is a bonus in this remastering and dusting off work of the original album. A cult record!


April 15, 2004

This issue enhances the experience from the original "Geography" album - but the best thing is the extra disc with previously unreleased material, which contains pre-242 track and other rarities.

And yes, the limited edition is 6200 copies.


April 4, 2004

Buy it! Steal it! Rob a decent musicstore to get this one if you don't own the cash and play it at home, LOuD and 'on repeat'. This s pure clean early '80's EBM stuff with a decent soft industrial wink, those times when some were so innovative in creating & discovering sounds. No crap here. This re-issued album (very good remastered)+ the many xtra tracks r a monument in musichistory and it proofs again how innovative Front 242 was.It s something to die for.....

PS : i had read in a mail the ltd total was increased to 6200.