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Faust IV Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (24 April 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000EJ9KJ4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Krautrock (2006 Digital Remaster)
2. The Sad Skinhead (2006 Digital Remaster)
3. Jennifer (2006 Digital Remaster)
4. Just A Second (Starts Like That!)/Picnic On A Frozen River/Deuxieme Tableaux (2006 Digital Remaster)
5. Giggy Smile (2006 Digital Remaster)
6. Lauft...Heisst Das Es Lauft Oder Es Kommt Bald..Lauft (2006 Digital Remaster)
7. It's A Bit Of A Pain (2006 Digital Remaster)
Disc: 2
1. The Lurcher
2. Krautrock
3. Do So
4. Jennifer
5. The Sad Skinhead
6. Just A Second (Starts Like That!) (Extended Version)
7. Piano Piece
8. Lauft...Heisst Das Es Lauft Oder Es Kommt Bald..Lauft
9. Giggy Smile

Product Description

Faust were a part of the genre known as Krautrock: progressive, avant-garde proto-electronica from Germany whose other proponents included Can, Neu! and Kraftwerk. Producer/overseer Uwe Nettelbeck, a onetime music journalist, formed Faust in Wumme, Germany, in 1971 with founding members Hans Joachim Irmler (also one half of Cluster), Jean Hervé Peron, Werner "Zappi" Diermaier, Rudolf Sosna, Gunther Wusthoff, and Armulf Meifert. Faust IV was originally released in 1973 and is a favourite of many Faust fans. This release features the remastered album on CD1 with a second disc containing Peel Sessions and previously unreleased tracks.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By S. DINSDALE on 28 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
Hats off to EMI/Virgin for giving us what we wanted, namely all there is from the troubled final chapter of Faust's initial assault on the world before they disappeared in a flurry of unpaid bills and fell into obscurity. Their peak period in the confines of an empty school/studio is masterfully documented on the boxed set `Faust:The Wumme Years' released on Recommended Records, but this excellently represents the brief flirtation with the fledgling Virgin Records just after the money ran out in Wumme. This was not a clean break and the basis of Faust IV has origins in the last (kidnapped ?) tapes recorded in Wumme, as evidenced by overlaps between this and the aforementioned boxed set.

So what do you get here ? A bargain priced double CD comprising a beautifully remastered version of the original album and a second disc of fragments which went to make up the original whole. The artwork has been restored to the original scale, such as it is being blank sheet music, and the sleevenotes are notably improved. There are no massive musical finds here apart from a hugely enjoyable 10 (count `em!) minute version of `Just A Second' which totalled only 1'30" on the album, and as with all Faust experiments they never run out of ideas, they just keep playing until the tape stops (Can I just point out here that the extension `Starts Like That!' to the aforementioned title is an anomaly from the initial dodgily researched CD release from the early 90's and obviously refers to the instructions on the cue sheet to the mastering engineer .... it was NOT titled this on the original LP. These things are important to us afficionados !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By krautrocker on 22 Sept. 2010
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Faust IV is a masterpiece. Faust IV is a must for any lover of rock music. Faust IV is amazingly enhanced by the extra disc. Faust IV will send you on the road to discovering not just the rest of this bands catalogue but other gems from the explosion of kosmische music in Germany from the same period.Faust IV is a must hear/buy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By freewheeling frankie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Faust IV was Faust's first album not to be recorded at their own studio at Wümme in north Germany. Having been dropped by Polydor (and lost Wümme in the process) after two brilliant but exceedingly uncommercial albums and signed to Richard Branson's fledgling Virgin label, bringing a dowry of the incredible archive collection of Wümme recordings, The Faust Tapes, they were now installed in Virgin's Manor Studios in southern England to make their third "proper" album (but fourth release).

The title of the opening Krautrock may be a jokey reference to this initially derogatory name for German "kosmische" music, but the piece itself is one of the best things they ever did, an extraordinarily lush two-chord grind that just builds and builds. The Sad Skinhead is a jokey piece of white reggae, fortunately Faust are not in the business of trying (and inevitably failing) to create authentic reggae and the song references skinheads' liking for reggae and violence ("going places, smashing faces"). Jennifer is far better, a beautiful, placid, almost pastoral song that eventually builds up to a quiet storm of synthesizer and fuzz guitar before resolving into a drunken-sounding piano coda. Just A Second (Starts Like That) does indeed start like that, i.e. the tape machine was started when they were already playing, and sounds more like their earlier material than anything else here, segueing into the extremely abstract Picnic On A Frozen River, Deuxiême Tableux, which features some odd squirty synthesizer noises.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 26 Feb. 2006
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Like Virgin's recent reissue of Scott Walker's 'Climate of Hunter', a new version of 'Faust IV' is more than welcome - like the initial Can cd issues on Grey Area, this sounds less enjoyable than the vinyl original. Added to that, the sequencing on the cd was sloppy confusing listeners regarding what tracks were what. The tracklisting on this reissue is now:
1. Krautrock
2. The Sad Skinhead
3. Jennifer
4. Just a Second (Starts Like That!)/Picnic on a Frozen River/Deuxieme Tableux
5. Giggy Smile
6. Lauft...Heisst Das Es Lauft Oder Es Kommt Bald...Lauft
7. It's a Bit of a Pain
So now it's possible to hear 'Faust IV' as intended and sounding better than the previous CD issue that I am more than happy to replace.
The LP itself is fantastic, from the 11-minute opening instrumental 'Krautrock' - whose title was an ironic pi**take that became the label for a genre best defined in Julian Cope's out-of-print 'Krautrocksampler'- to the epic 'Just a Second-Picnic on...-Deuxeme' and the closing joy of '...It's a Bit of a Pain' which does fit well alongside things like Kevin Ayers & Robert Wyatt. 'Krautrock' was most definitely an influence on the Steve Hillage (Gong) produced work of Simple Minds 'Sister Feelings Call' & 'Sons & Fascination' (both 1981)- a cursory listen to it will reveal the sound SM adopted on songs like 'Theme for Great Cities', 'Love Song' & 'League of Nations.' The way it builds and builds and builds is wild...the template for something like 'The Private Psychedelic Reel' by the Chemical Brothers/Jonathan from Mercury Rev? 'Jennifer' is a 7-minute plus joy whose sound was borrowed for an early Killing Joke song whose title eludes me (it's on 'Laugh?...I Nearly Bought One!').
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