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Faust IV [Vinyl] [Limited Edition]

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  • Vinyl (November 3, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,271 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Krautrock
2. The Sad Skinhead
3. Jennifer
4. Just a Second (Starts Like That)
5. Picnic on a Frozen River
6. Giggy Smile
7. Läuft...Heist das Es Läuft Oder Es Kommt Bald...Läuft
8. It's a Bit of Pain

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Krautrock albums ever August 4, 1999
Format:Audio CD
For anyone curious about the Krautrock phenomenon of the 70's, Faust IV is one of the most satisfyingly listenable albums of them all, yet it still contains the defining avant-garde and rock experimentalism of the genre. Songs like "Jennifer" and "Picnic on a Frozen River..." (which should have been titled "Giggy Smile" instead of the track that follows) are genuine "should-be" classics. Surprisingly, like many other Krautrock acts of the 70's, Faust never take themselves too seriously. Lines like "Going places, smashing faces...what else could we do?") on the humourous ska sketch, "The Sad Skinhead", are living proof. I had a harder time warming up to the earlier Faust releases, but I always come back to this one for a great listening experience.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INTRA-VENOUS June 20, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Bless their subversive hearts! Faust had said that their preceding album, "Tapes" (That budget-priced wonder that broke them into the UK charts and proved that even in music price will at least get you sales, if not an audience) should not be considered their third album. So, In typical Faust fashion, what better name for the next release than IV?

Some years later, after very fine CD reissues that reproduced the iconic clear cover of their first, and the black art portfolio of "So Far" followed by several iterations of "Tapes" we have a definitive edition of "IV". And while this release demonstrates that you can improve on sound it also demonstrates that there's simply no improving music that is already perfect. The sound here is more clinical than the LP or earlier CD versions. In many ways the clarity of the re-mastering work is interesting. But you have to remember how big a role accident and imperfection -- as well as recognizing the recording process -- played in Faust's approach to music. Like the sometimes similar and equally brilliant This Heat, if it was worthwhile material it didn't seem to matter that it was captured on a little cassette deck or through a busted microphone: the imperfections created by marginal gear and equipment as well as the very character of the recording devices themselves became as integral an element of each piece as any instrument: "Leci n'est pas une pipe".

So "better" here must be viewed as a relative term. I'd settle for "different" and pretty much leave it at that. The additional tracks are all worth inclusion -- no real dross, though you may find the differences between some alternatives and their "official" versions to be sometimes rather slight. Still, why argue when those previously unheard pieces can now be heard?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly melds avant-garde with innovative songwriting November 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I'm sure this album has had a big influence on many other bands, either directly or indirectly. Still, even today, Faust remains among the boldest and most eccentric recording artists I've ever heard. This record came out in '73 and, while it's too unique to sound dated, the way it was recorded is telling. We're not likely to hear another album quite like this. These days, it's too tempting to avail oneself of modern technological trickery than to bang it out yourself. On the other hand, Faust were all about pushing technological limits. It only takes one good listen to hear how technologically impressive this is (but probably several listens to fully digest it).
The breakdown:
"Krautrock" sounds like an exquisite extended drone session with its thick wall of synths punctuated by short bursts from other musical sources. This one in particular may take time to fully appreciate. A precursor to Industrial. Caution: trance inducing.
I think "The Sad Skinhead" and "Jennifer" in particular had an influence on New Wave and other bands like Bauhaus and Radiohead. "Skinhead" is like a rather wierd and very European take on raggae (think the Clash but stranger) with vibes and other Faustian touches. "Jennifer" sounds like bouncing on clouds, walking through a lightning field and winding up in an empty saloon with a noodling honky-tonk piano player.
"Just a Second (Starts Like That!)" goes off the experimental deep end featuring what sounds like a mutant breed of electric water dragons mating.
"Picnic on a Frozen River, Deuxieme Tableux" starts off with different music from the original version (including great sax) that appeared on SO FAR, but that irritatingly catchy keyboard riff soon creeps in.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant!! December 28, 2001
Format:Audio CD
wow. i got this album for christmas not expecting much, and the result has been one of the most amazing albums i've ever heard. all the songs fit together into a sonic masterpiece.
the songs are incredibly diverse, and no two sound the same. the album opens with, 'krautrock,' an 11-minute instrumental composed of bizarre, beautiful atmospheres with spare percussion. it's indeed the song that named the whole movement, other bands being can and neu!(also brilliant to a lesser extent). the next song, 'the sad skinhead,' starts off as dub-reggae, but goes into a bouncy, fun pop song. it's the next song though, 'jennifer,' that is the best song on the album. it's so beautiful! the guitar part is small and subtle, but really complements the drone drumming and the monotone lyrics about a girl whose hair is on fire. great stuff!! my other favorite songs are the funky 'just a second (starts like that),' and the stark, folk-y, 'it's a bit of pain,' although the album is best heard as a whole. it's all very overwhelming. at one moment there is tuneful bliss and at the next theres screaming feedback and samples. but in some amazing, impossible way, it's one of the most accesible album's i've ever heard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 days ago by Antonio Pla Bou
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by stephen hines
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant + extras.
This is a classic album for anyone with an interest in German rock. The bonus extra are just the cherry on the top. Necessity!
Published 8 months ago by GB
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable.
This record is so many things at once but truly just Faust when it all comes down to it. Proto-Shoegaze (Listen to "Krautrock" and tell me My Bloody Valentine didn't cop... Read more
Published 14 months ago by House of Wolves.
4.0 out of 5 stars Possesses a certain je ne sais quoi that grows on you
If you buy only one Faust album, buy this one. It includes the classic work, Krautrock, that came to define the genre, plus a second disk containing the prestigious John Peel... Read more
Published 16 months ago by brotagonist
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums ever
I absolutely love this album. I listened to it all the way through for the first time when I was overseas... and it helped me focus. This is on my desert island discs list.
Published on December 27, 2011 by Chris U
4.0 out of 5 stars Can Fans Take Note
Despite 15 years of listening to Can, another German Krautrock group from the 1970s, I hadn't heard of Faust until recently. Read more
Published on August 2, 2009 by D. Mills
3.0 out of 5 stars This album is amazing, but this download..
The thing that I myself found frustrating about this download is that it lacks three of the tracks that were released on the CD version of the remastered Faust IV. Read more
Published on December 5, 2008 by Erik K. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars everyone has given it a perfect rating up to this point for a reason-...
I love this Faust album mainly for the songwriting. What's great is that, while the album features the spirit of the 70's (you know, that special FEEL that makes so much of the... Read more
Published on September 9, 2008 by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars A precursor to Industrial music
This 1973 release is an extremely interesting bit of music from the German experimental "Krautrock" scene and based upon what I have read, the last recording from the band (at... Read more
Published on December 28, 2007 by Jeffrey J.Park
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