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The Faust Tapes
The Faust Tapes
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
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Format: 180 gram LP + printed inner sleeve From the band that led the krautrock genre to glory, Faust's 1973 Virgin LP is an absolute classic and considered by many to be the band's best work. Originally released as one 4...  more »


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All Artists: Faust
Title: The Faust Tapes
Members Wishing: 6
Total Copies: 0
Label: Recommended Records
Release Date: 5/5/1995
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Styles: Experimental Music, Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 752725003728


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Format: 180 gram LP + printed inner sleeve From the band that led the krautrock genre to glory, Faust's 1973 Virgin LP is an absolute classic and considered by many to be the band's best work. Originally released as one 43-min long sound collage, with no track division, it has now been re-mastered and repackaged, with a properly divided and annotated (!) track listing. Limited audiophile edition of 2000 copies on 180 gm virgin vinyl. Tracks - Side A: 1. Exercise - with several hands on piano 2. Exercise - with voices, drums and sax 3. Flashback Caruso 4. Exercise - with voices 5. J'ai Mal aux Dents 6. Untitled 7. Untitled - Arnulf & Zappi, 2 drums 8. Dr. Schwitters, intro 9. Exercise - Continues track 1 10. Exercise 11. Untitled 12. Dr. Shwitters snippet 13. Untitled - Arnulf on drums14. Untitled - Arnulf on drums Side B: 1. Untitled - All on saxes 2. Untitled 3. Untitled - Rudolf 4. Untitled - Rudolf 5. Untitled - Rudolf 6. Untitled 7. Untitled 8. Untitled 9. Untitled 10. Stretch Out Time (Sosna) 11. Der Baum (Peron) 12. Chere Chambre (Peron)

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Thank you sir, may I have another?
Simone Oltolina | Morbio Inferiore, TI Switzerland | 12/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As the old saying goes, "there's no band more mythical than Faust". (If I remember well it was Julian Cope who used to say so). Faust are the quintessential Krautrock band (a term which refers to German underground music in the '70s). Arty (so arty that in fact they border on insanity or incomprehensibility), weird, eccentric. Simply put, mad! This is an excellent record but you'd better keep away from it unless you have a thing for experimental (or at least indie) stuff. It will take a while to grow on you but eventually you'll love it beyond love. P.S. Please allow me a suggestion: buy all of their records (the first two are available on a single disc compilation unless you are willing to buy the extremely expensive and import-only originals) and also buy something by fellow seminal Krautrock band Can."
Chaos Runs Amok
Rich Latta | Albuquerque, NM - Land of Entitlement | 03/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you can appreciate experimental, way-out excursions in sound, you should check this out. This is no holds barred avant-garde/avant-noise and essential Krautrock (for the uninitiated, Germany's 60's/early 70's "hippie" movement in music).There's actually a fair amount of music to be found among the wide variety of noises although most of the album consists of chopped-up segments laced together . . . limitations of song structure and the like are abandoned. Some do qualify as songs, namely "Flashback Caruso," "Stretch Out Time," "Der Baum" . . . "J'ai Mal Aux Dents" is a jarring but brilliant song. The translation from French (the band is actually German of course) is "My Teeth Hurt" which is appropriate because this is teeth grinding stuff, like a robot gone haywire or a crankhead on a mission. At one point, an urgent sax invades this song. If this description sounds unappealing, you might be surprised to find out how addictive it is.The "Exercise - with voices" that precedes "J'ai Mal Aux Dents" is quite an intense piece in its own right and a foreboding precursor. There are so many wild sounds to discover and explore I couldn't begin to cover them all. But the synthesiser stuff (Moog or whatever they used) is incredible. "Untitled (track 16)" is a prime example of synth weirdness in flight and "Untitled (track 19)" sounds like "Pong" in the fourth demention.Faust also excel at playing instruments, often piano or acoustic guitar, in a classical style, strangely incorporated into the chaos. More often these and many other instruments are drenched in echo and who knows what other manipulations.Back to the "songs" defined as having a vocal passage and some sense of order: Some of them do sound like they were made from brilliant 60's rebels who listened to the Beach Boys (couldn't sing like them but they made up for that - I'm no Beach Boys fan anyway) "Chere Chambre" features a narration from Jean-Hevre Peron in mostly french. His name and accent lead me to believe that he is, indeed, french. His contributions add a lot of color to TAPES. Both the experiments and the songs are fascinating. They all have the unique Faust imprint that reflects a playful love of life and strange music. Highly recommended for the adventurous!"
Faust - 'The Faust Tapes' (Cuneiform)
Mike Reed | USA | 03/23/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"First released in 1973,this one track that lasts 43 minutes is dubbed by many as a krautrock classic.No arguement from me.It's quite enjoyable,progressive and innovating to say the least.There are,however brief portions here that show up on 'Faust IV' and '71 Minutes' tending to sound a bit different.For awhile this title was hard to find,should be easier to locate a copy now.Recommended."