Front 242 ‎– Geography

Epic ‎– EK 52408
CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered


1 Operating Tracks 3:48
2 With Your Cries 2:43
3 Art & Strategy 2:14
4 Geography II 1:09
5 U-Men 3:14
6 Dialogues 2:04
7 Least Inkling 2:24
8 GVDT 2:56
9 Geography I 2:12
10 Black White Blue 4:19
11 Kinetics 2:03
12 Kampfbereit 3:19
13 Ethics 2:29
14 Principles 4:52
15 Body To Body 4:09

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Tracks 1 to 12 were featured on the original Geography release in Belgium in 1982 with the cat# ND006 / NEW D 006 / ND 06. Tracks 13 to 15 are bonus tracks.

Track 13 was originally released in Belgium, 1982 as a B-side of second single U-Men / Ethics with the cat# ND 005.
Tracks 14 & 15 were originally released in Belgium, 1981 as a first single Principles / Body To Body with the cat# ND 002.

Recorded on 4 and 8 tracks.

© 1992 Sony Music Entertainment Inc./ ℗ 1992 Sony Music Entertainment Inc./
Manufactured by Epic, a division of Sony Music

RRE is a subsidiary of Play It Again Sam Records.

Made in USA.

Title on backsleeve: Geography 1981-1983
Title on CD, frontsleeve & spine: Geography

Released in a jewel case with a two sided, one sheet, front cover and a one sided, back cover insert.
The front cover is printed on a heavy cardboard paper, unlike the other Front 242 Epic reissues which used a light paper.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 074645240824
  • Barcode (Text): 0 7464-52408-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 and 2, mirrored): DIDP 077215 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1, inner ring, moulded): Made In USA - Digital Audio Disc Corp. [DADC logo]®
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, inner ring, moulded): [DADC logo]
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Rights Society: SABAM
  • Other (DID_ Code): DIDP 077215

Other Versions (5 of 37) 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
CD MK1 Front 242 Geography(CD, Album, RE) Red Rhino Europe CD MK1 Belgium 1985 Sell This Version
AM-1030CD Front 242 Geography(CD, Album, RE, RM) Alfa Matrix, Art & Strategy AM-1030CD Belgium 2004 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
WAX CS 034 Front 242 Geography(Cass, Album, RE) Wax Trax! Records WAX CS 034 US 1989 Sell This Version



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May 21, 2012
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.