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Since reforming in the early 1990s, Faust have consisted of at least two of the following three original members: drummer Werner "Zappi" Diermaier, bassist & vocalist Jean-Herve Peron and keyboardist Hans-Joachim Irmler, plus additional musicians. Peron left in the late 1990s and Zappi and Irmler led a fairly stable group for several years, touring regularly and making their best studio album since the 1970s in Ravvivando.

But a few years ago Zappi departed and formed a new Faust with Peron and a completely different set of additional musicians, with this set, documenting a UK tour in Autumn 2005, being their first release and having only Zappi in common with the late 90s/early 2000s line-up. Irmler, meanwhile carried on with the much the same line-up as before give or take a new drummer, also under the name of Faust, though until they issued Faust Is Last in 2010 they were far less active than the Zappi and Peron version documented here and have not, to my knowledge, played in the UK. Funny how German bands do this - there were notoriously also two separate Amon Düüls.

Previous live albums such as The Land of Ukko & Rauni, by the Irmler/Zappi line-up, are excellent but this is short on real inspiration and demonstrates Peron's tendency to become the show at the expense of the music. A very large part of what made latterday Faust sound like Faust was Irmler's keyboards - something major has been lost since his departure and this is the first Faust record I've ever heard in which large chunks could be described as boring.
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