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Nine Inch NailsBroken

Label:Nothing Records – B0025684-01, Interscope Records – B0025684-01
Series:NIN – halo five
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single Sided, Mini-Album, Etched, 180 gram
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM
All Media, Reissue, Remastered, Definitive Edition


Drums [Extra Real Drums]Chris Vrenna, Martin Atkins
A4Help Me I Am In Hell1:55
A5Happiness In Slavery5:21
A6Gave Up
Drums [Extra Real Drums]Chris Vrenna, Martin Atkins
Written-ByA. Ant*
Written-ByPigface, T Reznor*

Companies, etc.



2017 Definitive Edition. Comes with digital download code.
The 12" contains a spiral etching of random lyrics from the songs on the record.

Studios: Hell (New Orleans), Royal Recorders (Lake Geneva), South Beach Studios (Miami Beach), Village Recorder (Los Angeles), A&M (Los Angeles), Pig (Beverly Hills).

From the hype sticker:
The definitive version of Broken, meticulously prepared by Trent Reznor and NIN art director John Crawford. Remastered in 2016 on 180-GRAM VINYL, with lots of details attended to that you may never notice but we care about.

Original release date: September 22, 1992

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text, sticker, back of shrink wrap): 6 02557 14279 2
  • Barcode (String, sticker, back of shrink wrap): 602557142792
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): B0025684-01-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Spiral etched label): B0025684-01-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): B0025684-21-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C label): B0025684-21-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched, stamped): B0025684-01-A R1-HALO-5-A GOLDEN JG P. USA -41859-
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched, stamped): B0025684-21-A R1 - HALO-5-A GOLDEN P.USA -41858-
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, etched, stamped): B0025684-21-B R1 - HALO-5-B GOLDEN P.USA -41858-
  • Other (Number, sticker, back of shrink wrap): B0025684-01ST02
  • Other (Number, 12" sleeve): b0025684-01ev03
  • Other (Number, 7" sleeve): B0025684-21

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Broken (CD, EP, Digipak)Nothing RecordsINTD-92213US1992
Broken (Cassette, EP, Dolby HX Pro)Nothing Records, TVT Records, Interscope Records, Nothing Records, TVT Records, Interscope Records7 92213-4, 92213-4US1992
Broken (12", Single Sided, Mini-Album, 7")Island Records, Island Records, Island Records, Island Recordsilpm 8004, 514 147-1, IS 552, 864 498-7Europe1992
Broken (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Mini-Album)Atlantic, Atlantic, TVT Records, TVT Records, Interscope Records, Interscope Records670.8311, 756792213-1Brazil1992
Broken (CD, EP, Tri-Fold Digipak)Interscope Records, Interscope Records, Nothing Records, Nothing Records92213-2, 7 92213-2US1992
Ethereal_Rites's profile picture
One of the best EP’s ever made! This was a very definitive moment in music history! This LP comes with so many bonuses and it sounds incredible!
mhrobbins25's profile picture
Definitive edition is right! Everything about this package and record/s is excellent- from the separately packaged picture sleeves and poly-lined ones holding the records, to the thick booklet, and the phenomenal sounding (crazy amount of layers, no surface noise, detail really shines when you turn it up!) Pallas-pressed EP and single! One of my favorite NIN releases of all time and this pressing really does it justice- I’ve seen em go for $20 at a lot of places and it’s more than worth it for that price point!
jdill138's profile picture
Highly recommended. Great sound and a very nice package overall.
Rushfan123's profile picture
Has there ever been any sign of Fixed getting a definitive vinyl release? Or is it too obscure to get enough recognition? I just think it would look really nice to have the blue counterpart to this orange cover.
rob_d's profile picture
Nice packaging. One thing that makes no sense to me is why this was pressed on a single side at 33 1/3 rpm. With the length of these tracks, they could have put 3 per side and pressed it at 45 rpm, for higher quality audio...volume and fidelity wise.
Jaxien99's profile picture
Edited one year ago
Got this today. It sounds just as good as the other definitive NIN editions in my collection. Mine even came with a duplicate copy of the Physical/Suck single, which was pretty cool.
usquebaugh's profile picture
I bought the 'Broken' EP on CD when it came out back in the day and it's always been my personal favorite NIN release and therefore the one I listened to the most. However, I ordered this package with some trepidation after reading the reviews below of all the problematic pressings. I feel for you guys...we've all had it happen and it is indeed disappointing.

Having just received this package today and having listened to it in it's entirety, I'm happy to report that my experience was as advertised on the hype sticker: "meticulously prepared by Trent Reznor and NIN art director John Crawford". The exclusion of the two hidden tracks as a 7" 45 rpm is just perfect and they sound great as well; mimics the extra effort that was required to skip ahead to tracks 98 & 99 on the CD :D Nice touch with the "Glass Everywhere" booklet. It really is the definitive release.

I'll add that I agree with everything previous reviewer tawilk34 said; where I differ in opinion is that Broken was intended to be cold and industrial and that Trent was in full-on digital mode, so I was not expecting the warmth of 70s analogue. This is Broken exactly as I remember it!

I wanted to leave a positive review for those NIN fans on the fence. All I can say is to purchase from a reputable distributor with a solid return policy...should you run into a bad pressing.
tawilk34's profile picture
clear, flat, quite pressing. decent mix overall, I feel it lacks a little depth but it has the aggressiveness and grittiness of Broken. great quality overall.
Dzasta604's profile picture
Well my sleeve is fine, but the record sounds like crap. Tons of static all the way through. I thought maybe Trent did that on purpose for the first bit, but its through the whole record.Very audible in the silence, almost audible during the songs. Too bad, i was excited about this.
sc.aeneid's profile picture
All this talk about pressing quality and glue. It's Broken. What did anyone expect ;)