Version (Reviewed by wavemeister):
242 'Official Version', released 1987 on RRE/SPV, Electronic Body Music
Rerun Time (5.26)
Television Station (2.41)
Agressiva Due (2.59)
Masterhit Part I&II (7.07)
Quite Unusual (3.49)
Red Team (3.50)
Quite Unusual* (5.02)
the bonus versions on the remastered edition, released 1995
* CD bonus taken from the 12" 'Interception'
** CD bonus taken from the 12" 'Masterhit'
from Belgium are generally known as the 'inventors' of this genre. With
'Official Version', they refined the ingredients of EBM for good: hardhitting
rhythms, harsh electronics, lots of samples, distorted and agressive vocals.
track, 'W.Y.H.I.W.Y.G.' (the abbreviation for 'What You Hear Is What You
Get') describes best what the listener have to expect from the next hour
on, 'Rerun Time' and 'Television Station' are hiiting in the same notch.
'Agressiva Due' lives up to it´s title - a wild and short outburst.
'Masterhit Part I&II' was a club hit and one of the best tracks 242
ever released, it´s the outstanding track on 'Official Version'.
'Slaughter' features a sinister and brooding atmosphere of this album
with it´s dark and minimal approach, while 'Quite Unusual' is really
quite unusual for this band with it´s almost laid back tune. 'Red
Team' can´t hold the level of the preceding tracks but is not bad,
and 'Angst' must be seen as an outro since it only features a sampled
speech and bubbling noises.
remastered version was a part of a series featuring all former releases
until 'Front By Front' which contained additional 12" and live versions,
some of them previously unreleased.
The title names of the vinyl and original version differs a bit from the
remastered edition - on the vinyl, track 8 is named 'Red Team (Drumbox
Theme)' and track 9 is named 'Agressiva Angst'.
'Official Version' didn´t spawned a massive club hit like 'Headhunter'
(from 'Front By Front', 1989, German Single Charts #37), it paved the
way for the future of EBM and Industrial, and this album was the breakthrough
which gained Front 242 a wider public.