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  • Audio CD (26 Oct 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B0000253SL
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,363 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Faust was always a weird lash-up of incongruous experimentation bordering on triumphant success and noble failure, as this welcome 1973 reissue demonstrates.

Emphasising feel over instrumental virtuosity, there are times when it threatens to fall apart.Yet this very fragility is also a central part of their enduring charm. "The Sad Skinhead" flirts with ska whilst the happy-clappy square dance of "Giggy Smile" offers a folk-tinged minimalism to their blend of dilettante rock.

They stand on firmer ground during the epic groove-driven, "Krautrock", which not only spawned a generic description but whose seeds would later flourish with the likes of The Jesus And Mary Chain and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

A bonus CD of contemporary radio sessions, previously unreleased alternate takes and explorations provide a portrait of a sprawling, chaotic but well-respected musical institution that excites and surprises to this day. --Sid Smith

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Knox on 11 Mar 2005
Format: Audio CD
Krautrock gave birth to some bands that were pretty out there, but Faust are generally regarded as the most extreme of the lot. This is probably down to their fondness for testing musical arrangements (the lengthy, sparse 'It's A Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl' from So Far for instance) and an unconventional approach to live shows (attacking a concrete block with an elctric Kango hammer on stage, or putting down your instrument mid-song to play pinball, that kind of thing). This though, is generally regarded as their most accessible set, featuring as it does, some almost conventional moments. It might not be the best place to start any exploration of Krautrock - Can or Kraftwerk would be better options - but it's the best place to start exploring Faust.
With a lot of Krautrock, it's hard to cite obvious musical reference points, and I suppose that's to be expected in a genre where many acts are trying to push the musical form as far as they can before it stops being music any more ('Aumgm' from Can's Tago Mago or the whole of Faust Clear), but on parts of this album, and on 'Picnic On A Frozen River: Deuxieme Tableux' in particular, there is a distinct Frank Zappa influence on Faust, to such an extent that even the tone of the guitar on the third section of this track sounds Zappa-esque.
To try and explain the album as a whole is almost impossible as it covers such a broad range of musical styles, none of which is easily categorisable. The first track, drolly titled 'Krautrock', is twelve minutes of sinister, slow-burning electronic noise, but is immediately followed by the (almost) comedy reggae of 'The Sad Skinhead' ("Apart from all the bad times you gave me, I always felt good with you").
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Like an alt Monkees, Faust were assembled by ambitious record exec's in Hamburgh keen to capitalise on the boom in music sales following the Beatles, Stones etc.. Ironically they created something about as far from the Monkees as it is possible to imagine and as far from commercial as it is possible to be. This is their most accessible recording. The standout is obviously 'Krautrock', showing a wry sensibility in using a term these Kosmische groups loathed. It is a 11 minutes plus blast of guitar sounding like a foghorn mated with a hoover and oddly inspiring; the rest of the disc alternates between often harsh, Stockhausen-influenced avant gardeism and sweet, bucolic melodies, 'Jennifer' for example. Like other of these groups they are inventive, unpredictable and clever. Unlike their eponym, they clearly have kept their soul, and 'It's a bit of a pain' and 'The Sad Skinhead' demonstrate that, serious about music as they undoubtedly were, they have a sense of humour too. They easily escape lazy stereotypes about Germany and are, in my opinion, one of the holy trinity of German pop along with Can and Amon Duul 2. Of course after enjoying this you will wish to hear the less accessible, brilliant 'Faust' and 'So Far.' Superb entertainment not for all the family. Highly recommended.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 May 2000
Format: Audio CD
The album opens with the track 'krautrock', the term used by the music papers attempting to categorise an amazing movement in West Germany in the early 70s. Bands such as 'Can','Neu!' and 'Faust' were busy largely ignoring Western rock music and creating there own Rock music seperately. 'Krautrock' is a 12 minute fuzzed up drone that never changes chord, vaguely sounding like 'sister ray' by the 'Velvet Underground'. Just in case you thought they were a bunch of dull art rockers they then give us 'the sad skinhead' a sort of German reggae skank. There is also the brilliant instrumental 'Just a second (starts like that)' this starts out as a hard powerful low droning riff and degenerates into moog chaos. There are some great songs like 'Jennifer','picnic on a frozen river' and 'its a bit of a pain' that show that they can also write great tunes inbetween getting all avant-garde on yo ass. This is the most accessible of the Faust albums.
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