Faust

Faust

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German for "fist", and also the charakter of Goethes play, Faust were one of the first bands to use the recording studio as an instrument. After two albums for Polydor, they signed with the fledgling Virgin label. Priced as a single, "The Faust Tapes" album sold a staggering 50,000 + copies - amazing since it is one amazingly weird pastiche. Their live appearances were explosive (literally), as the pinball machines and jack-hammer legends detail. The band carried on for nearly two years after "IV", however that album, recorded outside the Wümme studio, was their last. Faust came back in 1995 with a new series of albums and live appearances.
Since 2004 two different bands, both having original members, carrying the name Faust are active.

Please do only submit pre-2004 Faust recordings in this profile. Recordings from 2005 and later should be submitted under Faust (6) when it concerns the Faust with Joachim Irmler or under Faust (7) when it concerns the Faust with Jean-Hervé Peron and Werner 'Zappi' Diermaier.
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Faust Discography

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2310 142 Faust Faust (Album) Polydor 2310 142 Germany 1971 Sell This Version
2310 196 Faust So Far (Album) Polydor 2310 196 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
V 2004 Faust Faust IV (Album) Virgin V 2004 New Zealand 1973 Sell This Version
VC 501 Faust The Faust Tapes (Album) Virgin VC 501 South Africa 1973 Sell This Version
C 1501 Tony Conrad With Faust Tony Conrad With Faust - Outside The Dream Syndicate (Album) Caroline C 1501 UK 1973 Sell This Version
RR 25 Faust Munic & Elsewhere (Album) Recommended Records RR 25 UK 1986 Sell This Version
ReR 36 Faust The Last LP (Album) ReR Megacorp ReR 36 UK 1988 Sell This Version
Cr 24 Faust Rien (Album) Table Of The Elements Cr 24 US 1994 Sell This Version
Fe 26 Faust The Faust Concerts Vol.1 (Album) Table Of The Elements Fe 26 US 1994 Sell This Version
Co 27 Faust The Faust Concerts Vol.2 (Album) Table Of The Elements Co 27 US 1994 Sell This Version
none Faust Untitled(CD, MiniAlbum, Ltd) Klangbad none Germany 1996 Sell This Version
ReR F3V Faust London 1-3(LP, Album, Ltd) ReR Megacorp ReR F3V UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Faust You Know Faust (Album) Klangbad none Germany 1996 Sell This Version
Klangbad 5 Faust Edinburgh 1997 (Album) Klangbad Klangbad 5 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
Klangbad 6, none Faust Faust Wakes Nosferatu(CD, Album) Klangbad, Think Progressive Klangbad 6, none Germany 1997 Sell This Version
FLI 5 Faust Faust Wakes Nosferatu(LP, Album, 180) Klangbad FLI 5 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
frav 199 Faust Ravvivando (Album, EP) Klangbad frav 199 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
7904 Mushroom (3) Vs. Bundy K. Brown Vs. Faust Vs. Gary Floyd Mushroom (3) Vs. Bundy K. Brown Vs. Faust Vs. Gary Floyd - Compared To What (Album) Weed (2) 7904 US 2000 Sell This Version
EKTRO-007CD, ektro-007cd Faust The Land Of Ukko&Rauni(2xCD, Album) Ektro Records, Ektro Records EKTRO-007CD, ektro-007cd Finland 2000 Sell This Version
ReR F5 Faust BBC Sessions + (Album) ReR Megacorp ReR F5 UK 2001 Sell This Version
staubgold 37 Faust Patchwork 1971 - 2002 (Album) Staubgold staubgold 37 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
none Faust Freispiel (Album) Klangbad none Germany 2001 Sell This Version
staubgold 50, klangbad 23 Faust vs. Dälek Faust vs. Dälek - Derbe Respect, Alder (Album) Staubgold, Klangbad staubgold 50, klangbad 23 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
Cd 48, TOE-CD-48 Tony Conrad With Faust Tony Conrad With Faust - Outside The Dream Syndicate - Alive (Album) Table Of The Elements Cd 48, TOE-CD-48 US 2005 Sell This Version
HTDVD013, HTCD013 Faust Impressions(DVD-V, NTSC, Multichannel + CD, Smplr) Hit Thing, Hit Thing HTDVD013, HTCD013 Germany 2005 Sell This Version

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marcelomadrid1

marcelomadrid1

December 21, 2015
An astonishing band. The material from 71-74 still beggars belief.
Bradx

Bradx

September 2, 2014
The greatest of the '70s German bands. Well - it's between Faust and Can in my opinion. Faust were more ground-breaking in their utilisation of the studio mixing desk as an instrument (whereas Can were more of a psychedelic jamming band with Holger as master of the edit).
The first seven Faust albums, as listed on this page, are their greatest works. The first four are stone avant classics with many hummable melodies plus tons of wit and invention that make the records timeless works of art (yes! art!)
The album with Tony Conrad is a minimalist masterpiece. 'Munic & Elsewhere' and 'The Last LP' contain unreleased tracks (unreleased at the time they were recorded that is) and are totally essential (The Last LP being what would have been their 3rd album for Virgin 'Faust Party').
After this golden period - the beautiful flowering of 1970s Faust - the band disappeared until their reformation in the early 1990s. Things weren't the same though (how could they be?) and the band seemed to dwell on the cement-drilling aspect of their music at the expense of the melodic and whimsical side.
I got to see them at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London in 1994 (immortalised on the 'Tony Conrad & Faust Outside the Dream Syndicate - Alive' album on Table Of the Elements) which was a real mind f**k. It's a much harsher version than the original 1973 album. I like the Edinburgh 1997 album as well.
It's gotten more complicated since 2004 with two versions of the band - both containing original members. I'm not too qualified to speak about the music. I have most of it - but compared to the original 1970s output - well, it's not so good imo.
Live they can still be good I hear.
jussumen

jussumen

January 22, 2004
FAUST were the first to ever release a clear visible vinyl . That was more amazing , since that first album by this group had a Röntgen-ray-picture of a hand with a fist (faust in german) packed together with the clear vinyl into one visible plastic-cover . That efect was indeed mindblowing . As soon as i saw that one , i had to own it , reagrdless what was recorded on it . In fact it was typical Kraut-Rock in the vein of XHOl-Caravan , early Amon Düül or Kraftwerk . Hardly any music on it , but one nice tune with a young hippy woman saying "Möhren , ich mag Möhren" ( from "Steig Auf Die Leiter") , influenced by Pink Floyds "Marmelade , I like marmelade" on Meddle .
Of course i sold this rubbish a couple years later (to my regret now) . Since i would probably get a fortune for it as it was the first pressing i bought around 1971/early 72 . I never was into collecting stamps ,or paying 10 times the price for a record (often in less good shape or sound) with the 'right number' on it . After all it is the music that counts and unless you actually own the masters you always have a duplicate and not the original . But this is something a lot of us will disagree about .

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