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  • Audio CD (May 5, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Recommended Records
  • ASIN: B000008QKZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,394 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Exercise
2. Flashback Caruso
3. Exercise
4. J'ai Mal Aux Dents
5. Untitled
6. Untitled
7. Dr. Schwitters
8. Exercise
9. Untitled
10. Untitled
11. Dr. Schwitters
12. Untitled
13. Untitled
14. Untitled
15. Untitled
16. Untitled
17. Untitled
18. Untitled
19. Untitled
20. Untitled
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Reissue of the Krautrock icon's breakthrough album from1973, a continuous 43 minute work digitally indexed here with 26 passages. It sonically takes listeners from quiet bits of folk-rock and spoken word, to loud, mind-numbing rocky terrain similar to Zappa and Can. 'The Faust Tapes' is widely considered their finest moment. 1998 ReR.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gary Bearman on September 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I always wanted music to sound like this, because it never gets boring (that is if it doesn't make you run screaming from the room). There are 2 or 3 "regular" songs here (I use the word regular in the broadest of terms) that kind of melt out of the surrounding haze and melt back in when done, though you can never really deliniate where one section ends and one begins in this surreal dadaistic masterpiece, though some parts do shockingly come out of nowhere. I'm intentionally writing this in a fairly non-linear fashion to give you some grasp of the swirling deeply strange music you're in for if you buy this cd which I do highly recommend you do, now). While I'm certianly glad all music isn't like this (or I'd slowly go mad), I sure am glad this album exists because it is quite unique in the world of music (I won't even call it rock, though it's related). I've played this for people who loved it, but it is only the adventurous hearty soul who will enjoy it, as it's extremely wierd and can be quite jarring at times, but for those who like that kind of thing, you're gonna fall in love with this. One of the best albums along with Can's Tago Mago, and Amon Duul II's Tanz der Lemmings to emerge from the Krautrock scene.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Neil C. Nicholson on June 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This recording is a good example of the innovations and wonders of Faust. There is only one track on this album (which is somewhat of an annoyance if anything else) which consists of about 25 or so "passages" which together create the mother of all sound collages. Faust's innovating and originality is staggering. There is nothing quite like Faust. It's a fun, but challenging listen to hear all of the crazy things Faust's members throw together. When I describe Faust's music to others I explain to them that their music is kind of like abstract expressionism for sound: a soundscape/collage that creates a dreamworld for the listener to explore, music that stirs up feelings and emotions inside of you. It's like exploring a dream you once had that was both curious and interesting but yet undescribeable and you wanted keep dreaming that dream and develop it more. It's very stimulating music. Music listeners with an open mind for experimental sounds and sound collage should check this out. Although I think that this particular recording (or set of recordings) is wonderful, try their first self-titled album out first (which you can only buy now as an import off of Amazon), or if you want to delve into Faust's more accessible outings, try Faust IV for a more song structure oriented (but still challenging) side of Faust. Great band. Great material. One of Germany's finest groups along side with the extraordinary Can and Kraftwerk.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Pomeroy on May 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
A fantabulous collection of outrighteously mesmerated sounds, this was originally released for 50 pence (the price of a single) as part of Virgin Record's first four releases. Selling several thousand copies, it was a quietly revolutionary album which went on to influence a generation of post-rock, lo-fi lounge-core fanatics, most notably Stereolab and Tortoise.
Musically, it's a bit like Monty Python, in that it's a mish-mash of cut-up songs, sound effects and other noises, edited together with no real reason or rhyme. There are three or four proper songs buried in there, and a lot of odd, experimental stuff, but if you get bored of a passage you just have to wait for a minute or so and a new one pops along. I went through it and wrote down an index, once.
Bits of it seem to be amazingly modern - there's a short acid house piece, something else that has what sounds like a dentist drill, and lots of amazingly strange sound effects that you will try to reproduce. The proper songs include a ballad about leaving your place and walking in someone other's garden, and a riff-based thing in which somebody shouts lyrics about mind control. All in all it's a great thing.
After this came a concert tour (involving road drills, television sets and pinball), 'Faust IV', which was so named because it was their fourth album, and a long period of haitus followed by a return to producing music ('You Know FaUSt' and a newer album, the name of which I have forgotten) as if they had never stopped.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rich Latta on March 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Faust - The Faust Tapes (1973)

If you can appreciate highly experimental, way-out excursions in sound, you should check this out. This is no-holds-barred avant-garde/avant-noise and essential Krautrock (for the uninitiated, Germany's 60's/early 70's "hippie" movement in music).

There's actually a fair amount of music to be found among the wide variety of noises although most of the album consists of chopped-up segments laced together . . . limitations of song structure and the like are abandoned. Some do qualify as songs, namely "Flashback Caruso," "Stretch Out Time," "Der Baum" . . . "J'ai Mal Aux Dents" is a jarring but brilliant song. The translation from French (the band is actually German of course) is "My Teeth Hurt" which is appropriate because this is teeth grinding stuff, like a robot gone haywire or a crankhead on a mission. At one point, the song is invaded by a bizarre, urgent sax. If this description sounds unappealing, you might be surprised to find out how addictive it is.

The "Exercise - with voices" that precedes "J'ai Mal Aux Dents" is quite an intense piece in its own right and a foreboding precursor. There are so many wild sounds to discover and explore I couldn't begin to cover them all. But the synthesiser stuff (Moog or whatever they used) is incredible. "Untitled (track 16)" is a prime example of synth weirdness in flight and "Untitled (track 19)" sounds like "Pong" in the fourth demention.

Faust also excel at playing instruments, often piano or acoustic guitar, in a classical style, strangely incorporated into the chaos. More often these and many other instruments are drenched in echo and who knows what other sonic manipulations.
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