The Faust Tapes CD
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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. Read morePublished on 11 Aug. 2013 by M. P. Campbell
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. Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2010 by Christopher Hunter