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5.0 out of 5 stars The Closing Chapter On The Classic Era, 28 April 2006
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S. DINSDALE "Steve Dinsdale" (North Yorkshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Faust IV (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 !)

The original LP is followed by disc two which begins with the fabled Peel session, but again things are not straightforward as it is actually a tape supplied by the band after turning up at the BBC studios to find that their custom built electronics could not be given enough power supplies. So what you get is a custom made tape comprising the unique `Lurcher' which seques into `Krautrock' in an identical version to the eventually released piece on Faust IV. As this Peel Session is already on the Recommended box it's nothing new. (I also think that both Virgin and Recommended could have bothered to find out that the original session sheet stated the titles as the following: Just A second/Ask The Cleaning Woman She Knows The Subtitle/Foam Rubber. It's a bit of a shame that these inspired faustian titles have been lost in the mists of rewritten history.Hey Ho)

The rest of disc two comprises largely of different mixes rather than different versions of the tracks from the Faust IV album, but they are sufficiently different to justify a purchase.Treat it like an extra LP to be heard as a piece and you won't be disappointed. The extended version of `Just A Second' and the great remastering is worth it at this price. Vive le Faust !

If you're a seasoned Faust-head buy without hesitation, if you're a newbie buy because of the price and dive into the boxed set if you like what you hear here !

Can we now expect EMI to delve deeper into the early Virgin catalogue and give us some Tangerine Dream remasters done with the same attention and mastering technology ? There is the small matter of TD's largely unreleased music for `Oedipus Tyrannus' languishing in the vaults which I'm certain would recoup the small investment in a work of such value which you already own.

The music Virgin released in the early seventies will continue to prove itself for a good while longer, so please send your librarians back into the vaults. Music like this will never be made again !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars einfach wunderbar, 22 Sep 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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitve reissue of Krautrock classic...., 26 Feb 2006
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Jason Parkes "We're all Frankies'" (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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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!'). Though 'The Sad Skinhead' is more of a favourite, opening with a scary holler before slipping into Weimar-reggae - like Can's 'Spoon' it is most definitely a pop-song (could Girls Aloud or Sugababes cover it please?). The guitar sounds like wild glam stuff, only reached since by early Bernard Butler and Doggen from Spiritualized/Brain Donor/Julian Cope. 'Faust IV' is one of those great eclectic albums from a great act - file next to '...20 Jazz Funk Greats' by Throbbing Gristle, 'Oedipus Schmoedipus' by Barry Adamson, 'baader meinhof' by baader meinhof, 'Lodger' by Bowie, 'Jehovahkill' by Julian Cope, "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" by Neutral Milk Hotel, ...in "Jane from Occupied Europe" by Swell Maps & 'Future Days' by Can.
This reissue now reportedly comes not only with a proper tracklisting & superior sound, there is a bonus-disc featuring a three-track BBC session ('Krautrock', 'The Lurcher', 'Do So) and six mixes/versions from 1973 ('Jennifer', 'The Sad Skinhead', 'Just a Second...extended', 'Piano Piece', 'Lauft...' & 'Giggy Smile'). Really, it would be rude not to - though if those folks at Virgin would like to send me a free copy they're more than welcome!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars new improved version, 11 Nov 2007
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freewheeling frankie (north London, England) - See all my reviews
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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. Giggy Smile is perhaps the most normal piece of music they had recorded to date - it's a lurching but rather good piece of rock in 6/8 time which features a sax solo extremely reminiscent of parts of The Mothers Of Invention's King Kong both in timbre and musical content; the coda (a reprise of a piece featured on their second album, So Far) is another rather Zappa-esque tune. But despite being arguably the most derivative piece Faust ever recorded, Giggy Smile is most enjoyable. Läuft... etc., despite the German title, is sung in French and is another of those gentle and unclassifiable tunes of which several appeared towards the end of The Faust Tapes. Being Faust, this dissolves into a swirl of echoed clicking noises before another plangent guitar figure emerges, the whole thing then fades to nothing before a very slow middle-European organ coda appears. And finally... It's A Bit Of A Pain is yet another gentle little song but is then amusingly subverted by, firstly, a rude synthesizer blast and then a truly horrible fuzz/wah guitar solo reminiscent of a sort of comedy Ron Asheton. It was recorded at Wümme during the sessions for So Far and originally appeared on a single at the same time as that album.
Overall, Faust IV is probably the least radical of their 70s albums, and the most accessible. It's also not the best. But having said all that, it's still a very fine record containing a lot of excellent music.

This reissue not only improves considerably on the mastering quality of the earlier CD issue, it also includes a bonus CD containing a John Peel session from the same period and alternative mixes and out-takes from the album.
The Peel session has been issued before but for those not familiar, it includes The Lurcher, an otherwise unissued and fairly restrained piece featuring mainly drums, bass and sax, another version of the excellent Krautrock which, to my ears, sounds like an alternative mix of the original Faust IV version, and Do So, a different version of which appeared on The Faust Tapes. Of the alternative mixes, The Sad Skinhead sounds more fully developed than the album version, and Just A Second, instead of seguing into Picnic On A Frozen River after 3 minutes or so, is allowed to continue to its full length of over 10 minutes, revealing an excellent jam reminiscent at times of Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd. There is also the very moody and rather lovely Piano Piece, previously available (but not in this quality) as Meer on 71 Minutes Of Faust. This bonus CD is a bit light on completely new music, especially if you already have the BBC Sessions + CD that included the Peel session, but it's all very good and some of the alternate mixes are superior to the originally issued ones. And given it's cheaper than the original and inferior CD, you can't really go wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You need a brain for this!, 7 Oct 2013
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This is Faust IV you either love it or hate it or can't understand it!
Nothing more to be said.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Q: What is this album missing A: Nothing, 14 Jan 2008
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I. P. Hale (Liverpool, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is the first Faust CD I bought, and I definately do not regret it. After years of listening to David Bowie, I recently decided I wanted something more. The Berlin Trilogy led me to Krautrock, so I bought 2 CDs: this and Neu! 75 (this being the best of the two). It contains some of the best tracks I ever heard.

Lets start with the tracks. Track number 1: Krautrock, was originally intended as a skit of a skit (follow me?). In the UK the genre has always been known as Krautrock. This is considered slightly err... racist, in Germany, where it is known as Kosmiche Musik. So, Faust decided to play on this and make a track that was stereotypical Krautrock. This in-joke failed as the track became a success, and rightly so. This is really, really good stuff.
Next is Sad Skinhead, the albums first pop(ish) track. You find yourself humming it everywhere. Loads of people asked me what it was I was humming but became disintersted when I told them what it was.
Then is Jenifer. Overall the best track on the album, and I'm loving the bass bit at the begining. Great stuff.
Just a Second (Starts Like That)/ Picnic on a frozen River/Deuxieme Tableux is good but I wish the Just a Second part would go on for longer!
Then is Giggy Smile. This song title is constantly misspelled, NO IT IS NOT GIGGLY SMILE, GIGGY, GIGGY SMILE. It is another one of those catchy tunes.
Lauft...Heist Das Es Lauft Oder Es Kommt Bald...Lauft is a bit of a let down. A lowpoint. Another thing is, you'd expect the lyrics to be in German, like the title, but supprisingly, they're in French. Presumably the band's bassist, Jean-Hervé Péron, who sounds very french, wrote the lyrics.
It's a bit of a pain is an almost folky song (thank god for the weird, annoying sound that retrieves the song from the realm of the acoustic guitar).

On CD 2 is a load of previously unreleased songs, alternative mixes of songs and Peel Sessions versions.
The Lurcher is a real treat. Especially the sax (if thats what it is) and drum solos.
Do So is a return to that catchy pop sound.
The full vesion of Just a Second is great. Axactly what is needed.
Piano Peice is really atmospheric. Great. I love a bit of ambient.

That is about it. If you like Prog-Rock, this is a must buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rich and textured musical tapestry, 5 July 2011
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Trippy kosmische musik convulsions combine with Barret-esque whimsy. The result is a somewhat of a radical, yet more focused (albeit less experimental) departure from their groundbreaking debut. This record grows on you with each listen as increasingly its complexities and subtleties are revealed. I rank this as one of the 50 greatest albums of all-time.
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