Faust

1971-1974

Image of Faust - 1971-1974

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Boxset contains Faust, So Far, The Faust Tapes, Faust IV, Punkt (1974 album that has never been released), Momentaufnahme I (unreleased studio tracks), Momentaufnahme II (unreleased studio tracks), and two 7"

"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."

This box is the first virtually complete collection of FAUST works from the years 1971-1974. In addition to the debut album, 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.

TRACK LISTING

LP1/CD1 Faust

A1) Why Don't You Eat Carrots?
A2) Meadow Meal
B1) Miss Fortune

LP2/CD2 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/CD3 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/CD4 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

LP5/CD5 Punkt

A1) Morning Land
A2) Crapolino
A3) Knochentanz
B1) Fernlicht
B2) Juggernaut
B3) Schön Rund
B4) Prends Ton Temps

LP6/CD6 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/CD7 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?

7 “Single 1 /CD8

A1) Lieber Herr Deutschland
B1) Baby

7” Single 2 /CD8

A1) So Far (Single Version)
B1) It's A Bit Of A

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