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Faust IV Original recording remastered

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Faust were a part of the genre known as Krautrock: progressive, avant-garde proto-electronica from Germany whose other proponents included Can, Neu! and Kraftwerk. Producer/overseer Uwe Nettelbeck, a onetime music journalist, formed Faust in Wumme, Germany, in 1971 with founding members Hans Joachim Irmler (also one half of Cluster), Jean Herv‚ Peron, Werner "Zappi" Diermaier, Rudolf Sosna, Gunther Wusthoff, and Armulf Meifert. Faust IV was originally released in 1973 and is a favourite of many Faust fans. This release features the remastered album on CD1 with a second disc containing Peel Sessions and previously unreleased tracks. EMI. 2006.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Krautrock
  2. The Sad Skinhead
  3. Jennifer
  4. Just A Second (Starts Like That!)/Picnic On A Frozen River/Deuxieme Tableux
  5. Giggy Smile
  6. Lauft...Heisst Das Es Lauft Oder Es Kommt Bald...Lauft
  7. It's A Bit Of Pain

Disc: 2

  1. The Lurcher
  2. Krautrock
  3. Do So
  4. Jennifer (Alternate Version)
  5. The Sad Skinhead (Alternate Version)
  6. Just A Second (Starts Like That ) (Extended Version)
  7. Piano Piece
  8. Lauft...Heisst Das Es Lauft Oder Es Kommt Bald...Lauft (Alternative Version)
  9. Giggy Smile (Alternative Version)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Caroline
  • ASIN: B000EJ9KJ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,157 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Michael Paulsen on 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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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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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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By g cooper on 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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