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RRE LP5 Front 242 Official Version(LP, Album) Red Rhino Europe RRE LP5 Belgium 1987 Sell This Version
W2-50 Front 242 Official Version(CD, Album) Nettwerk W2-50 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
RRE CD 5, RRECD5 Front 242 Official Version(CD, Album) Red Rhino Europe, Red Rhino Europe RRE CD 5, RRECD5 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
SPV 085-1373 Front 242 Official Version(CD, Album) Animalized SPV 085-1373 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1987 Sell This Version
WAXCD 026 Front 242 Official Version(CD, Album, Dis) Wax Trax! Records WAXCD 026 US 1987 Sell This Version
RRE CD 5, RRECD5 Front 242 Official Version(CD, Album, MPO) Red Rhino Europe, Red Rhino Europe RRE CD 5, RRECD5 Belgium 1987 Sell This Version
RRE CD 5, RRECD 5 Front 242 Official Version(CD, Album, MPO) Red Rhino Europe, Red Rhino Europe RRE CD 5, RRECD 5 Belgium 1987 Sell This Version
WAXCD 026 Front 242 Official Version(CD, Album, PDO) Wax Trax! Records WAXCD 026 US 1987 Sell This Version
RRE MC 5 Front 242 Official Version(Cass, Album) Red Rhino Europe RRE MC 5 Belgium 1987 Sell This Version
WAXCS 026 Front 242 Official Version(Cass, Album, Bri) Wax Trax! Records WAXCS 026 US 1987 Sell This Version
NTLC-30009 Front 242 Official Version(Cass, Album, Dol) Nettwerk, Capitol Records NTLC-30009 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
RRE MC 5 Front 242 Official Version(Cass, Album, Gre) Red Rhino Europe RRE MC 5 Belgium 1987 Sell This Version
WAXCS 026 Front 242 Official Version(Cass, Album, Mat) Wax Trax! Records WAXCS 026 US 1987 Sell This Version
RRELP 5 Front 242 Official Version(LP, Album) Red Rhino Europe RRELP 5 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
RRE LP5 Front 242 Official Version(LP, Album) Red Rhino Europe RRE LP5 Belgium 1987 Sell This Version
RRE LP 5 Front 242 Official Version(LP, Album) Red Rhino Europe RRE LP 5 France 1987 Sell This Version
A0011 Front 242 Official Version(LP, Album) Animalized A0011 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 1987 Sell This Version
NTL30009 Front 242 Official Version(LP, Album) Nettwerk, Capitol Records NTL30009 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
WAX 026 Front 242 Official Version(LP, Album) Wax Trax! Records WAX 026 US 1987 Sell This Version
RRE LP 5 Front 242 Official Version(LP, Album) MNW, Red Rhino Europe RRE LP 5 Scandinavia 1987 Sell This Version
08-1372 Front 242 Official Version(LP, Album, Promo, W/Lbl) Animalized 08-1372 Belgium 1987 Sell This Version
WAX-026 Front 242 Official Version(LP, Album, TP) Wax Trax! Records WAX-026 US 1987 Sell This Version
38 326 Front 242 Official Version(LP, Album) Nuevos Medios 38 326 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
723.4026 Front 242 Official Version(Cass, Album, RE) Stiletto 723.4026 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
230.4026 Front 242 Official Version(LP, Album) Stiletto 230.4026 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
EK 52405, 52405 Front 242 Official Version(CD, Album, RE, RM) Epic, Epic EK 52405, 52405 US 1992 Sell This Version
RRE 5 CD Front 242 Official Version(CD, Album, RE, RM) Red Rhino Europe RRE 5 CD Europe 1992 Sell This Version
EK 52405 Front 242 Official Version(CD, Album, RE, RM) Epic EK 52405 US 1992 Sell This Version
ET 52405 Front 242 Official Version(Cass, Album, RE, RM) Epic ET 52405 US 1992 Sell This Version
MG 1774 Front 242 Official Version(Cass, Album, Unofficial, Red) MG Records (2) MG 1774 Poland 1993 Sell This Version
MG 1774 Front 242 Official Version(Cass, Album, Unofficial, Yel) MG Records (2) MG 1774 Poland 1993 Sell This Version
RRE 5 CD Front 242 Official Version(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Red Rhino Europe RRE 5 CD Belgium 1994 Sell This Version
RRE 5 CD Front 242 Official Version(CD, Album, RE, RM) Red Rhino Europe RRE 5 CD Russia 2008 Sell This Version
none Front 242 Official Version(13xFile, FLAC, Album, RE) Red Rhino Europe none Europe 2014
none Front 242 Official Version(13xFile, AAC, Album, RE, 128) Epic none US Unknown
EK 52405 Front 242 Official Version(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Epic EK 52405 US Unknown Sell This Version
RRE 5 CD Front 242 Official Version(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Red Rhino Europe RRE 5 CD Belgium Unknown Sell This Version

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olivgrau

olivgrau

April 10, 2017
referencing Official Version, LP, Album, RRE LP5
This spring marks the 30th anniversary of the third album from Front! Hooray! So, where's the deluxe box set with remastered vinyl and cd, outtakes, demos, live versions, mixes, posters, stickers, batches, lanyards, etc.? What, nothing? Okay, F242 are not U2 (actual 30th anni of an album) or other bands who are celebrating anniversaries with re-releases.

Back to the music ... I bought this album in spring 1988, one year after the official̶ v̶̶e̶̶r̶̶s̶̶i̶̶o̶̶n̶ release, just after I visited a Depeche Mode concert in february 1988. A german teen mag stated, F242 was supporting DM, and the supporting act really blew my mind! But what I saw was Nitzer Ebb! So the album I grabbed, was nothing like the supporting act I saw ... but it was (and still is) so good and also blew my mind. Like nothing I heard before! It's hard to think oneself back 30 years, aged 17 then. music was everything, it is nearly today!

But what was I hearing back in the days? In 1985 I became a big Depeche Mode fan, also listened to Erasure, Yazoo, Yello, Human League and The Art Of Noise. And there we have the two edges where Front was, synth pop & noise. In fact, this album really is a good blend of Pop & Noise. I sure wasn't aware of the term EBM that days, who cares about drawers anyhow!

This album is for me timeless.

And in 1999 I had a webpage and dedicated one entry to this album. Here's the rough translation from those days:

12 years back, the term Techno is far away from the meaning it has today. Kraftwerk picked it up and merged it was Pop for their song Techno Pop. Also Front 242 was filed under Techno or Industrial or Electronic Body Music. On their third album, you hear dance tunes (clubsmasher Masterhit) more calm tunes (Television Station) and a song like Slaughter, with heavy use of orchestra samples. The drawer EBM really fits well. The artwork of the vinyl is also very pleasing, which is dominated by pictures developed on a computer screen. Sadly that artwork wasn't featured on the re-release from 1992. But there was a extra inlet where Front are pointing out, that they don't want to be mentioned with terms like fascim, nazism and neo-nazism. This wrong image of Front 242 must have been made by journalists who just made up their own mind looking only at the outfit of the band.
marks

marks

November 2, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Official Version, CD, Album, PDO, WAXCD 026
It's 1987. The Soviets are still trying to explain Chernobyl away, Reagan is now having to use proxies in Congress to explain away Iran-Contra, the US continues to reel from the Challenger disaster and Apartheid is in full control of South Africa. Government has become a series of press conferences and investigative "task forces", of course there's no reason for you citizens to ever worry or dream of questioning their explanations. After all, they are the official versions, who'd be stupid enough to doubt things... especially when these events keep happening all over the world with only the names changing. The outcome is the same.

Meantime, I'm downtown in a club on about four hits of blue lightning when a voice comes out from the smoke and strobes proclaiming:

You know me, and I sure know you, every one of ya!

Like the voice of God himself coming across the dance floor, backed by rhythms and bass lines so powerful that there was no choice but to capitulate and join the party. A party which not only had hordes of angsty looking militaristic males (guilty) stomping but females, loads of them. Even more interestingly, everyone who did so wasn't white, which is something the modern EBM/Industrial scene likes to sweep under the carpet and pretend isn't the norm now. Don't believe me? Go to one of their nights or one of their shows and tell me what you see, go on, take a good hard look. They never have and they never will.

Back then, artists made sure there was a place for all at the table.

Front 242 had been at it for some time before they changed the landscape of electronic body music (a term they coined) once and for all. They'd had some success in Europe but where I was at in the god-forsaken guitar dominated United States no one had any time for them. The last dying tides of the New Wave had been swept away by the time 'Official Version' appeared and those surviving new romantics were looking decidedly bloated and jumped on bandwagons whenever possible in a desperate attempt to remain relevant. Unlike where we find ourselves now in the musical world, 242 chose to shed their skin and leave behind whatever hints of it they may have had.

With infinite patience they decimated their technology and reduced their previous sound to a primal collection of aggressive perfection. Gone were the self-conscious overtures to what had come before. Bressanuti, Codenys, Jonckheere and De Meyer refined what they composed until it became the glistening, jagged blade which cut the throat of complacency. Listen up closely and you'll hear where their love affair with techno began. In some kind of strange alchemy between the burgeoning white label scene, the New Beat scene and the iciness of minimal synthetics a new hybrid was brought to life and loosed upon the unsuspecting. Nothing was left to chance and no variable was ignored, even the smallest details were given priority with songs such as "Slaughter", "Television Station", "Red Team" and "Rerun Time" being every bit the measure of those timeless classics "Masterhit" and "Quite Unusual".

The opener was no dullard, either. "W.Y.H.I.W.Y.G", to me, is probably the best example of 242's stylish jump with that roving bass and devastating kick just knocking the wind out of you and then taking control of your body until you can't fight it anymore. Move! This is the message of 'Official Version'. Do not sit about waiting for the changes you want in your music and world, you must be proactive. It's all out there for the taking if you have the will; oddly, it was their follow up 'Front By Front' which achieved the break through for them here in the States. I regard that one as just the leftovers from the feast it's predecessor served up. Tastes vary, of course, but if you forced me to pick just one of their albums to keep it would be 'Official Version'.

The times change but their work continues to anticipate and confound even the best-laid designs of commerce and it's nefarious legions.
LeeVanCleefNotClint

LeeVanCleefNotClint

August 9, 2013
referencing Official Version, LP, Album, RRE LP5
Amazing. I've always been a David Cronenberg fan and a Front 242 fan. I am just rewatching VIDEODROME and it is now for the first time that I consciously register that the 'you know me...' sample from Masterhit is taken from the Cronenberg film. Moment of bliss ;-)
bonnicon

bonnicon

May 21, 2012
referencing Official Version, CD, Album, RE, RM, RRE 5 CD
This album opens with the longest track, clocking up an impressive 7'28" and showing a new strength of composition & sampling very much to the forefront - apparently fracturing composition which shows a skill & diversity hitherto only hinted at. "Rerun l Time" is another 'song', a vocal lead composition showing FRONT 242 moving away from instrumental music. What's more, the vocalist has a creepy late-night-horror-flick tone to his voice - a little like CHROME used to use - 'B' movie drama over a danceable piece of music. "Television Station" chugs in on a nervy sequencer, lower & darker than the previous tracks. It's a dramatic, serious piece, again a proper song, rather than an instrumental, although it's probably the tune which is most memorable - a simple but effective sound. "Agressiva Due" is a hard & occasionally noisy piece of pure dance music, drums bludgeoning through their unswerving path. "Masterhit - Part I & II" comes next, using taped voice to introduce a fast-paced track which might be described as typical 242 although, either through the mix or a growing familiarity with the instruments, it has a smooth, honed-down feel to it. Again a 'song', full of interesting effects, punctuated by occasional harsh synth sounds - fanfares and sudden jolting noise. "Slaughter" is actually the 'title track' (in that the chorus consists of the words 'Official Version'). It's a slightly different thing for them, an unusual rhythm which I feel still falls into the Body Music category. "Quite Unusual" is a well-known piece by them, a catchy little track - simple but effective - which most of you are probably aware of. Darkly sombre without being either threatening or 'evil'. "Red Team" is a transmuting, changing instrumental, heavy dance with taped voice, switching back to a more passive beat, then back, making it a 'difficult' track. "Angst" follows this with a taped Evangelist ranting & raging. The sound itself is a swell of sound - non-beat - which rises through the fanatical shouting, then fades away again. Next up comes two tracks from the "Interception" 12" - versions of "Quite Unusual" & "Agressiva", the latter being a little different- the final two tracks are culled from the 1987 "Masterhit" 12", the first, "Masterblaster" & "Hypnomix", both being standard FRONT 242 recordings for this period of time. The former has some interesting synthetic fireworks, great sparkling sprays of sound, taking "Masterhit" a few steps further, and the latter lacks the brutal density of many 242 works, giving it a refreshingly thin, although hardly minimal sound.
An album which shows them losing obvious influences & perfecting their own unique sound. The mix is muscular & the sound full of promise.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.
watoo242

watoo242

February 16, 2011
referencing Official Version, LP, Album, RRE LP5
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Skeleton-Man

Skeleton-Man

June 12, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Official Version, LP, Album, RRE LP5

The first time I heard Front 242 (I remember this exactly!) was in a car probably in 1986 when a friend, who I thought was mostly into mainstream music, suddenly played this daring electronic music on his car stereo. Being into non-vocal music, Jean-Michael Jarre had been one of my best bets(!), but this was daring to a whole different extent. It blew me out the car! And took me from Jarre's classical inspiration to the wonders of EBM.

The track I heard may have been Masterhit from Official Version, which to this day is a classic EBM track. But the entire album is still one of my favourite electronica albums. The fact that this album is entereing its 3rd decade this year is incomprehendable. The album still shines. Some tracks may not have the same appeal, but opening track W.Y.H.I.W.Y.G and Masterhit are as amazing and mindblowing now as they were in 1986. The samples, the compositions, the energy. Back then this set the standard for all other EBM acts. And run-out track Angst still has not been topped. Hell, this run-out track alone justifies the purchase. The anxiety and angst of post-modernity was always the fuel in F2's work and never more so than on Official Version. Well, perhaps with their own Tragedy For You as a strong competitor.