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Faust / So Far

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  • Audio CD (22 Feb. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectors' Choice/ Universal
  • ASIN: B0000542LC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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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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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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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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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Here we have the first two albums by the legendary Krautrockers. I have to disagree with the previous reviews because for my money So Far is the least fantastically brilliant of the original four records. Sure the production is "better" and the music more accessible but I heard this after I'd heard the others and maybe that has something to do with my opinion. But maybe not. It is certainly a great listen but it lacks the defining characteristic of Faust - anarchic noise. If I didn't already have these I would buy them straight away.
It's a close call between the eponymous disc and The Faust Tapes for me, they are the two I listen to most.
If you're new to Faust this is a good place to start but you should have been there at the time when nobody had heard of them (opprtunities to turn folks onto good sounds) and they were as easy to find as hen's teeth.
It still sounds original today. Fantastic.
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