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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faust virgins start here
As one of the albums that launched the Virgin label back in 1973, and priced as a loss-leader at 49p, this album briefly put the extremely underground Faust into the public eye (mind you even at 49p it didn't chart...)
In its original incarnation on LP, and even the first CD issue, there was no track listing, or tracks - at least on the LP you had two sides. Now...
Published on 6 Jan. 2006 by freewheeling frankie

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3.0 out of 5 stars The problem is...
it's difficult to know how to rate this record. On originality, creativity and historical interest you would give it a five out of five. The issue is (and I have the original vinyl) is that you are unlikely to listen to it more than once, as most of it is a frightful horrible noise! It's not really what you would think of as an 'Avalanches' mashing together of sources to...
Published on 13 Aug. 2010 by Christopher Hunter


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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faust virgins start here, 6 Jan. 2006
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freewheeling frankie (north London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Faust Tapes (Audio CD)
As one of the albums that launched the Virgin label back in 1973, and priced as a loss-leader at 49p, this album briefly put the extremely underground Faust into the public eye (mind you even at 49p it didn't chart...)
In its original incarnation on LP, and even the first CD issue, there was no track listing, or tracks - at least on the LP you had two sides. Now at last you can go to the track you want, which is not necessarily a good thing. Far better to listen to it all the way through and let the very varied individual pieces wash over you. With far more tracks than any other 70s Faust album, nothing lasts too long and you get a good idea of their range - including plangent, slightly odd acoustic ditties, driving rock, musique concrete, dialogue and lots of just unique music. This makes the album a very good place to start if you've not heard Faust before - and essential if you've already heard other Faust albums and liked them.
Though influential, Faust sound like no one before or since - during the period when they recorded this material, Polydor provided them with their own studio (an old school out in the country near Hamburg) and a top notch live-in engineer in the shape of Kurt Graupner, who created unique effects boxes for them and made their numerous sonic experiments possible in much the way as George Martin did for the Beatles. Even at their most abrasive (and they get pretty extreme at times - one sequence on this album features what sounds like a treated electric drill) there's something positive and wholesome about the noises Faust make - they're not trying to hurt you and they're never sick like Throbbing Gristle, and far more listenable for most people - though if you like your music predictable and unchallenging this is not for you.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The experiment was a complete success!, 14 Aug. 2005
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Steve Rogers (Totnes, Devon, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Faust Tapes (Audio CD)
Originally the band's private tapes circulated to their friends, The Faust Tapes was released by Virgin in 1972 for 49p. After selling 60,000 copies, becoming a Top 10 album, and thus losing the record company £2,000, it was deleted, later resurfacing on CD at normal price. So many people bought it for the price and discovered when they got it home that it was enormously unusual. Beautiful, strange and threatening electronic and tape effects, seeded with an unpredictable stream of acoustic, rock, jazz, free-form, ambient and classical music, weave an alien tapestry of sound. There is nothing like The Faust Tapes, even in Faust's other work (which is also worth hearing, by the way).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Possible Faust's best LP., 29 Sept. 2008
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Ross J. Warren "Ross" (Wonderful Swindon) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Faust Tapes (Audio CD)
I bought this as at 0.49p first time around and was instantly captivated.
I had almost not bothered to buy it because frankly I felt the first LP Faust was a gimmick because of its cover art and continued no music worth bothering with. My feelings towards Faust were changed a lot by the record, which is interesting and charming, containing some worthwhile experiments and even some half decent tunes. To this day I still play this record quite often. In my opinion this is Faust's most consistent LP, it comes close in my mind to Neu's excellent first album. So why might you ask do I not give it five stars? To be honest its down to the relatively poor production and the lo-fi sound. Never the less, if you are at all interested in German rock music you should own this and Neu before you start to delve into the darker and more mysterious bowels of Kruat rock.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faust Tapas, 22 Jan. 2009
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Dave Gilmour's cat (on Dave Gilmour's boat) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Faust Tapes (Audio CD)
In his KrautRockSampler., Julian Cope relates that Jim Kerr felt so challenged by this LP that he flung it from the roof of a building in disgust. This album has moments of extreme beauty, funkiness, weirdness and greatness, jammed together into a deliciously disorientating patchwork that never sounds like a mere exercise in random noise. I cannot recommend it highly enough. And if Jim Kerr hated it, you know Faust must have been onto something worthwhile.

My only criticisms are
1. that the CD presents this sonic marvel as separate tracks, slightly diminishing the effect of the whole. On the vinyl version, you never know quite where/when tracks begin or end, thus heightening the "trip".
2. the B.Riley cover (vinyl only) was far superior (she must have been mad not to want to be associated with this masterpiece).

But whatever format you have this on, it's a stunning piece of work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Branson's finest hour, 14 July 2008
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M. D. Hewitt "maeyc" (uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Faust Tapes (Audio CD)
I bought this LP when it came out and I have bought it again 6 times subsequently. I currently own 4 copies of it in various formats. It really is that essential !!!

I think the copyright sensitive Bridget Riley is responsible for the less interesting cover that now adorns this masterpiece, but it's the music that counts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Kraut Rock album that was a catalyst for many back in the 70s, 7 Mar. 2013
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I first brought this LP with the earnings from my paper round back in 1973- Stacked alongside my Slade and Bowie LPs it was the strangest LP I'd heard and I loved it. It set me on off on a lieflong quest in search of the Weird. I put it in my CD player with some trepidation - would it be as good as I remebered it - It was! Great starting point for anyone wanting to know what Kraut Rock was all about.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faustian, Packed, 17 Jun. 2009
This review is from: The Faust Tapes (Audio CD)
By far their most accesible (& ubiquitous - vinyl copies where literally everywhere until the mid 90s), The Faust Tapes is a superb introduction to one of Krautrock's most enduring experiments (I've only been listening to this for 17yrs & still find new angles to explore). Assembled in an influential cut & paste style (reminiscent in many respects of The Beatles' 'White Album') and brimming with ideas, The Faust Tapes is a lysergic soundtrack to an imaginary movie projected onto the back of your mind. Or someone else's.

If you're at all interested in the genre but know not what to invest your precious pocket money, this record & CAN's supreme statement 'Tago Mago' are the perfect places to begin your very own excavations...good luck, Caruso.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 27 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: The Faust Tapes [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Excellent
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The problem is..., 13 Aug. 2010
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Christopher Hunter "cjhunter2001uk" (Farnham UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Faust Tapes (Audio CD)
it's difficult to know how to rate this record. On originality, creativity and historical interest you would give it a five out of five. The issue is (and I have the original vinyl) is that you are unlikely to listen to it more than once, as most of it is a frightful horrible noise! It's not really what you would think of as an 'Avalanches' mashing together of sources to make a more interesting record but more of a randomly stuck together montage of sounds. It might have changed something but it's not going to get you going back for more.....
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3.0 out of 5 stars 70s relived, 11 Aug. 2013
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M. P. Campbell (UK) - See all my reviews
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I bought this after finally remembering what it was called, but to be frank I can't recall why I was so taken with it in the first place. Today it seems a bit trite and wasteful IMHO.
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