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Product details

  • Audio CD (3 Dec. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rer
  • ASIN: B000008QKZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,308 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Exercise
  2. Exercise
  3. Flashback Caruso
  4. Exercise
  5. J'ai Mal Aux Dents
  6. Untitled
  7. Untitled
  8. Dr. Schwitters
  9. Exercise
  10. Untitled
  11. Untitled
  12. Dr. Schwitters
  13. Untitled
  14. Untitled
  15. Untitled
  16. Untitled
  17. Untitled
  18. Untitled
  19. Untitled
  20. Untitled
  21. Untitled
  22. Untitled
  23. Untitled
  24. Stretch Out Time
  25. Der Baum
  26. Chere Chambre

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By freewheeling frankie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jan. 2006
Format: 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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Format: 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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Format: 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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Format: 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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Format: 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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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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