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Faust/Faust So Far


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1. Why Don't You Eat Carrots
2. Meadow Meal
3. Miss Fortune
4. It's a Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl
5. On the Way To Abamae
6. No Harm
7. So Far
8. Mamie Is Blue
9. I've Got My Car And My TV
10. Picnic On a Frozen River
11. Me Lack Space
12. ...In The Spirit

Product Details

  • 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: #18,779 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reed VINE VOICE on December 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
In my humble opinion, this HAS to be the best 2-lp's on 1-CD released in maybe the past ten years. These two titles were previously available ONLY on some high-priced Japanese label pressing with each title, of course on a separate disc. Total of twelve tracks and a duration of 74 minutes is what sort of aural pleasure the listener(s) are in store for. The first self-titled lp, 'Faust' ('71) has just three cuts and is intensely melodic but more than anything, just downright weird for the most part. Check out the freakish "Why Don't You Eat Carrots" and the 16-minute mind scrambler "Miss Fortune". 'So Far' ('72) is a bit more toward the like of a traditional lp. Tunes like "It's A Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl" and "I've Got My Car" is a fine example of how a band like Faust is able to change their tone from one album to the next. Superb reissue of an essential classic full blown krautrock title that is a must-have. Will appeal to fans of Neu!, Kluster, Can, Harmonia and Silver Apples.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on December 4, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This CD is the excellent reissue that combines Faust's first two albums, their self-titled release and _So Far_. Both albums are masterful, comprising some of the finest experimental music to date. Recorded in the 70s, I'm completely blown away by how they remain so original and fascinating. It also ranks as some of the tastiest ear candy I've indulged in.
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).
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark Singer on January 3, 2005
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Yes, this is just as strange/trippy/wild as the other reviews say. It is also - and this is important to note - very, very funny. Except for "Mamie is Blue" on _So Far_, which may be the most frightening thing ever recorded. The wah-wah feedback bird chirping "Louie Louie" about halfway through "Miss Fortune" make it all better, though, as do the mutated Wagner tubas getting buried under the incredibly loud oscillator sound on "No Harm."

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_.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Samhot on September 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Here is a reissue of Faust's self-titled FAUST (1971) album, and SO FAR (1972) put on one disc.
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.
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