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Outside the Dream Syndicate: 30th Anniversary Ed Box set, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. From the Side of Man and Womankind - Faust
  2. From the Side of the Machine - Faust
  3. From the Side of Woman and Mankind - Faust


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 3, 1998)
  • 30th Anniversary Ed edition
  • Original Release Date: 1972
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Table of Elements
  • ASIN: B00006JNEU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,854,673 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Faust's legendary collaboration with minimalist artist Tony Conrad is one of those 'must have' albums that you have likely skipped over in delete bins since its release in 1972. I certainly did. To rectify the error of your ways will cost you a pretty penny, but you will be rewarded in listening pleasure many times over. Tony Conrad plays a droning violin to Faust's metronomic beat. The result is a musical document as tireless as it is timeless.

This 30th Anniversary Edition includes the entire original album, plus a single and an alternate version of one of the tracks on 2 CDs. The 32-page album booklet is filled with interesting information and includes a poster. The box, however, leaves a bit to be desired: it is clumsy, some millimetres larger than a standard CD box, and unnecessarily includes a 100-page catalogue of other albums from the label that should have been shrink-wrapped outside a much slimmer CD sleeve.
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this record was recorded in 1972 in a major label. nobody listened to it then. now the avant-garde label table of the elements reissues it in a de luxe edition with an extra cd with alternate takes, impossible-to-find tracks, larger liner notes and even the label's back catalogue.
how does this record sound? why should i listen to this? first of all, if you like drone music like faust, minimalist music like brian eno or steve reich, and keep the track of north american avant-garde bands like gastr del sol and u.s. maple, this is a record you'll enjoy.
it sounds like a rhythmic section playing the same for about nearly half an hour (most of the tracks long that much) and a violin squeeking the same thing, too. at first it sounds just noisy, but afterwards it gets you and you get mesmerized. besides, it sounds very very modern for its time.
if i've been clear, just listen to it. but if you don't like avant-garde music, just leave it.
and if you want to begin to listen to tony conrad, this is your record (better than slapping pythagoras, for instance).
nobody listened to it in 1972, now you can in the year 2003!
could you listen to it now and say it was recorded long time ago?
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Tony Conrad's picture on the album cover looks more like a mug shot after committing a crime if you ask me!

"From the Side of Man and Womankind" opens this really long hour and a half Tony Conrad album. In fact the original version was only two songs, each taking up an entire side of the album. And it was a LONG album even back when it was first released- now it has bonus tracks! Ah! The intro opens and maintains a steady drum beat with violins playing in a way that makes me think some kind of fully developed powerful anthem is about ready to explode but... it never does. Such a tease.

Nope, this drum pattern and violin plods on for... what the, it's been 10 *minutes* and still no changes! Well the violins have this hypnotic way of making me picture a group of slaughtering horse riders charging over a hill while a sun sets in the background. This is all about atmosphere I guess. 15 minutes and everything remains the same. Not much change occurring at all, though it does sound like the violin is becoming more noticeable. Either because it's starting to play notes or well, no it's probably not that. It's just finally getting to my head. 20 minutes in, well it's time to face the facts here. This isn't going to change. This steady drum pattern and softly played violin work *is* the entire song. Well I suppose the hypnotic and enchanted violins are interesting for a little while under the influence of drugs. Over 25 minutes of this stuff is insane though because it's not musically interesting enough to warrant going on for so long.

"From the Side of the Machine" has Middle Eastern vibes/arrangements with repetitive bass and spares drum work.
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