- Audio CD (January 9, 2001)
- Original Release Date: 1971
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Collector's Choice
- ASIN: B0000542LC
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,689 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Faust / So Far
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These two recordings represent the most irresponsible use of electronics ever put on tape, and deserve to be cherished for that, if not for their occasional lapses in technique (just how long did they have to play that funk beat before everybody found his place?). It doesn't exactly rock, but who said everything has to? This is party music from another planet. Docked one star only because _So Far_ should have been called _Too Short_.
Up first is _Faust_. Combining the usual rock lineup with tape manipulation, electronics, and plenty of diverse styles, the self-titled album is three songs of godly experimental music. The 10-minute "Why Don't You Eat Carrots" begins with a harsh electronic drone before plunking in a sample from the Rolling Stones' "I Can't Get No Satisfaction". There is plenty of satisfaction to be found here, though. What follows is a montage of trance-inducing marching rhythms, odd ball lyrics, weird cosmic zone-outs, strange circus-sounding themes, and distorted vocal noises that fade in and out. Transitions between movements are quite herky-jerky, but remember: a lot of this stuff was arranged by slicing and connecting different sections of tape. I find it very hypnotic the way the music flows. "Meadow Meal", song number two, comes off the melodious ending of "Why Don't You Eat Carrots" with an array of industrial plinks and clanks, before evolving into a pastoral guitar melody, fierce rock, a brief episode of musique concrete (a storm), and finally a lulling organ spot. "Miss Fortune" (hee hee) would take up all of side 2 on the original LP. This is a strange one. Lots of effects and textures, interesting percussion -- very avant-garde and amazing. I wish I could describe it better, but my review title applies nicely here. Some other choice adjectives are: entrancing, remarkable, and pukka (yes, that's a real word).Read more ›
Some of the wildest, weirdest, trippiest, scariest music can be found on this disc. The band even admits in the liner notes that they were using marijuana while creating this music. However, no matter how bizarre it gets, there manages to be an element of fun running throughout. The band makes extensive use of the tape manipulation technique which was used by Zappa in 1967, and even earlier by 20th Century composers like Stockhausen and possible others. The cut-and-paste technique employed here makes the music sound strange, but it doesn't take away the bizarre charm this music possesses.
We'll start with the self-titled disc first.
To be quite honest, I get a strange feeling that this album was, more or less, a parody of the 60s: the musicians (Beatles, Stones, Hendrix, Frank Zappa, etc.), the lifestyle, the beliefs - they all seemed to be poked at in a snide, humorous and entertaining way. "Why Don't You Eat Carrots" starts off with some abrasive proto-industrial noise, shortly followed by a snippet of The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," which is then followed by a snippet of The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love." Before you know it, you're thrown into a world of classicalesque piano, hospital machine-like noises used as music, then a blast of New Orleans-like music fronted by some jolly vocals. And the last track "Miss Fortune" certainly goes out with a bang: a 16-minute number which starts out with an elongated psychedelic rock jam, and loads of wah-wah (or what I call 'wow-wow') pedal effects.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Relistening to this album always fills me with awe/surprise. What other band could take The Velvet Underground's White Light/White Heat sound & turn it into a hypnotic... Read morePublished on February 23, 2012 by Sean P. Smith
This compilation from Collector's Choice brings together the eponymous debut (1971) and So Far (1972) by avant-garde rock group Faust. Read morePublished on April 8, 2009 by Jeffrey J.Park
The first Faust album sounds like a strange mix between circus music, strange atmospheric jams, and drunken party music (right before the bar closes down). Read morePublished on September 2, 2008 by Bryan
The words 'avant garde' can mean many different things. I remember when that term was used for "Tomorrow Never Knows" by the Beatles in 1966, but calling Faust 'avant garde' is an... Read morePublished on August 2, 2008 by J. Youngblood
Proven by science, no less. For only $12 more you get Faust IV, including Krautrock. Then you'll have the two best songs of all rawk. Read morePublished on May 5, 2006 by Juan Camarillo
Searching for a middle point between post-nuclear psychedelia and psycho-ambient "musique concrete", German group Faust coined one of the most powerful, dramatic and eccentric... Read morePublished on November 3, 2005 by Oliver
All of the previous reviews are quite accurate. So, I'll just submit this caveat; DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS WHILE ON HALLUCINOGENS.Published on July 20, 2004 by Jeff Archer Black