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Faust / So Far

Faust Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 Feb 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectors' Choice/ Universal
  • ASIN: B0000542LC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,548 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Why Don't You Eat Carrots
2. Meadow Meal
3. Miss Fortune
4. It's a Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl
5. On the Way To Abamae
6. No Harm
7. So Far
8. Mamie Is Blue
9. I've Got My Car And My TV
10. Picnic On a Frozen River
11. Me Lack Space
12. ...In The Spirit

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5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the furthest out rock music ever 11 Jan 2006
By freewheeling frankie TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Faust are widely regarded as the most "difficult" of the original German kosmische bands, and a listen to the first three tracks here, which comprise their debut album, does not dispel this view - on its release in 1971 everything about this album was revolutionary, including the packaging - clear LP in a clear plastic sleeve featuring the Faust x-ray fist, with a clear plastic lyric sheet. The album opens with a grinding noise a bit like a vacuum cleaner, with snatches of Satisfaction and All You Need Is Love rising briefly above the noise, before settling into some decidedly odd and completely unclassifiable music; as Why Don't You Eat Carrots continues, it seems to switch between various different pieces as if someone was tuning a radio between different stations; the main other one is an almost laughably obtuse fuzz guitar riff, with unison vocals following the same "tune"; there's also occasional bits of dialogue. If you've survived this, Meadow Meal is by far the most normal track on the album, showing definite signs of being a rock song once it gets going and featuring some tasty lead guitar, before subsiding into a lovely, almost classical organ coda. Miss Fortune occupied the whole of side 2 of the lp and is a demonstration of what they could do to a jam on a simple riff via mixing, effects and the sheer strangeness of their playing.
Inevitably such an unusual, not to say extreme, record did not sell very well so it's to the great credit of Polydor that they let Faust make another one. Much of So Far is easier listening than the first album, though none the less strange for all that. Certainly it's a much more song-based album, with the first half featuring two lengthy ... well, what pass for rock-outs with Faust, separated by a cute little instrumental.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mamie is blue 22 Mar 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is useful, as it's the only way to get these two albums on CD at the moment (apart from the 'Wumme Years' boxed set, which is more expensive). 'Faust Clear', the first thre tracks, is odd semi-ambient noise-rock mixed with strange marching-band music and lots of shouting and wobbly tape effects. It's good, but 'So Far' is better, as it has more ideas. It's a series of smaller, poppier songs that are nonetheless strange and experimental, but they get the point across quicker. 'It's a Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl' is like a weird glam-rock number, with a brilliantly simply drum pattern that just goes DUM dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum DUM dum dum dum dum dum dum dum throughout the entire song. 'No Harm' is a loud rock number with the lyrics 'Daddy take a banana / tomorrow is Sunday!', and 'I've got my car and my TV' is really weird - a kind of nursery rhyme with a cheery tune that is unfortunately much too short. 'Picnic on a Frozen River' was also on 'Faust IV' in slightly different form. 'So Far' is a lounge song, but by that time nothing will surprise you. All in all it's very experimental, but not boring and earnest, and 'So Far' is actually closer to twisted pop music than acidic krautrock.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Faust changed my ears 15 Feb 2004
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I remember hearing "Faust" in around 1977. Before that popular music really meant T Rex and the Bay City Rollers. I friend pulled out the LP which had a completely clear cover, was printed on clear vinyl and had a clear plastic lyric sheet. It was very hard to listed to, side one starts with samples of The Rolling Stones and The Beatles (samples in the 70's!) and progressed with more and more difficult noises. But I went home thinking about it and ended up searching every record shop in the North East of England to try to find it. Faust is un-easy listening and absolutley essential to anyone who wants to know how we got the sonically complex popular music we have today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten milestone in music 2 Jan 2001
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Format:Audio CD
This CD comprises the first 2 studio albums by avant-garde krautrockers Faust, and I would highly recommend them to anyone with an interest in modern music. (If you don't love it immediately, stick with it and it WILL grow on you). From the jagged opening samples to the gentle beauty of 'Alabame' and the stand-out 'It's A Rainy Day Sunshine Girl', this is a journey that is definitely worth making.
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