Faust - 1971-1974 [vinyl-box: 7 LP + 2 EP]
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“There is no group more mythical than Faust.” Julian Cope (Krautrocksampler)
A band’s fame can be measured in the sum of myths, legends and stories which are conjured up in their wake. In which case, Faust have been playing in the Champions League for quite some time. Few bands have been as innovative, influential or as irrepressible as FAUST –the way they revolutionized the history of music in the space of just four years puts them right up there with The Velvet Underground. What began in a Hamburg (Sternschanze) bunker in 1970 would send shockwaves around the world. Here’s how Stephen Morris (Joy Division/New Order) remembers it:
“The first Krautrock record which made a lasting impression on me was the debut album by Faust. The transparent disc looked spectacular and the music was mindblowing, not songs as such, it was something absolutely unique, the polar opposite of everything the Rolling Stones, Beatles and the like were doing. It was right up my street.” (quoted in: Dallach/Future Sounds, p. 485 ff.)
This box is the first virtually complete collection of FAUST works from the years 1971-1974. In addition to the debut album referenced by Morris, it includes the 1972 album So Far, the legendary 1973 Virgin UK release The Faust Tapes (“Some chose to play frisbee with the LP, others said it changed their lives” as Jean-Hervé Peron noted), Faust IV and, for the first time ever, the mythical, so-called “Munich album” Punkt, which Faust recorded at Giorgio Moroder’s Musicland Studios in 1974. For one reason or another, this last album never saw the light of day - until now. The bonus albums Momentaufnahme I and Momentaufnahme II also feature unreleased material, simultaneously affording us a fascinating glimpse of Faust’s creativity in their Wümme studio phase.
Two 7-inch singles round off the Faust 1971-1974 compendium: Lieber Herr Deutschland is the demo recording they sent to Polydor in 1971, remarkably triggering a contract offer from the label who had something of a conservative reputation at the time. The track later resurfaced as the B-side to their single Baby, a song which had been rejected by the aforementioned label. The second 7-inch single in the box is a rerelease of So Far, the first FAUST single on Polydor, originally issued in 1972.
It is by no means overstating the case to assert that FAUST created and christened a genre (the name would prove emotive) in one fell swoop (track 1 on Faust IV).
This box is no more and no less than the holy grail of Krautrock. Even 50 years (or perhaps all the more so) after they took their first musical steps in a bunker near Hamburg’s Sternschanze station, Faust still sound revolutionary, timeless, irrepressible and, above all, unique.
Mastered from the original tapes, Faust 1971-1974 is available as a limited edition vinyl set (2,000 copies) and CD (1,000 copies).
A1) Why Don't You Eat Carrots? A2) Meadow Meal
B1) Miss Fortune
LP2 So Far
A1) It's A Rainy Day Sunshine Girl A2) On The Way To Abamäe A3) No Harm
B1) So Far B2) Mamie Is Blue B3) I've Got My Car And MyTV B4) Picnic On A Frozen River B5) Me Lack Space… B6) …In The Spirit
LP3 The Faust Tapes
A1) Several Hands On Our Piano A2) Don’t! A3) Flashback Caruso A4) Voices And Trumpet And All A5) J’ai Mal Aux Dents A6)Beim nächsten Ton ist es… A7) Two Drums, Bass, Organ A8) Dr. Schwitters Intro A9) Several Hands On Our Piano (Continued) A10) Beam Me Up, Scotty A11) Elerimomuvid A12) Dr. Schwitters (Continued) A13) Have A Good Time, Everybody A14) Above And Under Our Piano
B1) Hermanns Lament B2) Donnerwetter B3) Was ist hier los? B4) Rudolf der Pianist B5) Ricochets B6) I’ve Heard That One Before B7) Watch Your Step B8) Under Our Piano Again B9) Fluid Chorus B10) Stretch Out TimeB B11) Der Baum B12) Chère Chambre
LP4 Faust IV
A1) Krautrock A2) The Sad Skinhead A3) Jennifer
B1) Just A Second / Picnic On A Frozen River, Deuxième Tableau B2) Giggy Smile B3) Läuft… Heisst das, es läuft oder es kommt bald?… Läuft! B4) It's A Bit Of A Pain
A1) Morning Land A2) Crapolino A3) Knochentanz
B1) Fernlicht B2) Juggernaut B3) Schön Rund B4) Prends Ton Temps
LP6 Momentaufnahme I
A1) Naja A2) Flaflas A3) Es Ist Wieder Da A4) Mechanika A5) Weird Sounds Sound Bizarre A6) Karotten A7) RéMaj7 A8) Fin De Face
B1) Vorsatz B2) Acouphènes B3) Interlude 18. Juni B4) Dadalibal B5) Bonne Soupe Au Fromage B6) Rückwärts durch die Drehtür
LP7 Momentaufnahme II
A1) Danach A2) Gegensprechanlage A3) Lampe an, Tür zu, Leute rein! A4) Purzelbaum mit Anschubsen A5) Tête-à-Tête im Schredder A6) Dampf A7) Testbildhauer A8) I am... an Artist
B1) Wir wollen mehr Volumen kriegen B2) Arrampicarsi Sul Vesuvio B3) …und alles durcheinander B4) The Fear Of Missing Out B5) Ma Trompette B6) As-tu Vu Mon Ombre?
A1) Lieber Herr Deutschland
A1) So Far (Single Version)
B1) It's A Bit Of A Pain