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Hamburg s Faust can be considered the most notorious representative of early Krautrock bands. What made them so was their artistic and experimental approach to dealing with Rock music; radically breaking with the old conventions, they were way ahead of their time. Therefore it was quite a frequent occurrence that their gloomy sound collages met with point-black rejection. Nowadays, music experts almost unanimously agree that Faust must be counted among the most important and most influential German bands on an international scale.

So Far, their second album, was originally released in 1972. The album arrived in a black sleeve with paintings inside which apparently corresponded to each of the tracks. The album opens with the stomping, primal beat of It's A Rainy Day Sunshine Girl, Roxy Music would use a similar pattern on Bogus Man and Brian Eno identified it as one of the essential beats in 70s music. Following this outbreak of near-normality, the dream logic of the first album reasserts itself with abrupt shifts in sound and style. Acoustic interludes of almost classical formality are contrasted with electronic freak-outs, crossed with passages which sound almost conventional. Having mastered their studio technique, Faust created a seamless, otherworldly sequence of musical events that owes little to anything that had been done before. Faust are one of the legends of underground music and these are the albums that the legend is based on. Essential listening.

1. It's A Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl
2. On The Way To Abamäe
3. No Harm
4. So Far
5. Mamie Is Blue
6. I've Got My Car And My TV
7. Picnic On A Frozen River
8. Me Lack Space...
9. ... In The Spirit

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 17, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Revisited / Brain Records
  • ASIN: B000QUU2YS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,483 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BENJAMIN MILER on May 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
So Far was the second album from Faust, and I really thought it was an improvement over their debut, in fact I really believe this is truly one of the highlights of Krautrock, up there with Amon Duul II's Yeti, Can's Tago Mago, Ash Ra Tempel's self-entitled debut, the debut from Kraftwerk, etc. "It's a Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl" shows the band more experimenting with repetition than on their debut, with a guitar rythm and drum pattern that stays the same throughout, but the band manages not to bore you. "On the Way to Abamae" is a nice, acoustic piece that leads up to "No Harm", which starts off mellow, but then they get in to a nice jam. The title track also emphasizes repetition, but not as so minimalist as "It's a Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl", it has an almost swingin' '60s feel to it, but it's also full of spacy sound effects. The band then really gets off the deep-end with "Mamie is Blue" with tons of relentless electronic effects. The band lightens up with "I've Got My Car and My TV", dominated by clavinet, where the band shows their sense of humor. Then comes a couple of short snippets before ending with the lounge-like "...In the Spirit" that reminds me of the closing of The Mothers of Invention's Absolutely Free album, "America Drinks and Goes Home".

This was obviously their last album for Polydor, as they were dropped by the label, but it was apparent that Richard Branson saw a future for the band on his label, so they jumped ship to Virgin and released two more albums. So Far is truly one of the greats of Krautrock and a must have, in my opinion.
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Faust, like the Velvet Underground, was one of the most influential bands of the 1970s. They illuminated the way forward for new music. The album boasts a few good songs, including the classic Sunshine Girl, and much experimentation, with sounds, Tangerine Dream-like ambient sequences, extended free-form jamming, etc. This album is an interesting document for those wishing to explore the roots of progressive, experimental and art rock. It may not be for repeated listening, but it grows on you.
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Absolutley indispensable buy. Faust was and is still ahead of his time. The krautrock band evolved to more astructured music than on the first one debut album. Still has the classic touches of avangarde, experimentalism and good germnan rock. The mini lp replica is a fantastic reproduction of the original, and the sound is much clean. Hope they do the same replicas for the Faust-Tapes, Munich & Elswhere and Last album .
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By IRate on September 22, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Compared to their better known next work IV, this feels at times like a thrown together "notice me" sort of release which indeed has a share of musical success and perhaps production innovation, though suffers from sometimes aimless experimental indulgences, and coarse transitioning in what sounds like identity crisis for the group, vacillating between classic, psychedelic, and progressive rock not as graceful as their Kraut rock pedigree would suggest.
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