Faust ‎– The Faust Tapes

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
VC501, VC 5o1 Faust The Faust Tapes(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin VC501, VC 5o1 UK 1973 Sell This Version
VC 501 Faust The Faust Tapes(LP, Album) Virgin VC 501 South Africa 1973 Sell This Version
R.R. SIX Faust The Faust Tapes(LP, Album, RE) Recommended Records R.R. SIX UK 1980 Sell This Version
R.R ^ six Faust The Faust Tapes(LP, Album, RE) Recommended Records R.R ^ six UK 1980 Sell This Version
R.R. SIX Faust The Faust Tapes(LP, Album, RE) Recommended Records R.R. SIX UK 1980 Sell This Version
RéR F2CD Faust The Faust Tapes(CD, Album, RE) ReR Megacorp, Cuneiform Records RéR F2CD US 1995 Sell This Version
ReR F2 Faust The Faust Tapes(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) ReR Megacorp ReR F2 UK 2000 Sell This Version
ReR F2 Faust The Faust Tapes(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) ReR Megacorp ReR F2 UK 2000 Sell This Version
ReR VF2 Faust The Faust Tapes(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) ReR Megacorp ReR VF2 UK 2010 Sell This Version
BELLE 152392 Faust The Faust Tapes(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Pap) Belle Antique BELLE 152392 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
SV118 Faust The Faust Tapes(LP, Album, RE) Superior Viaduct SV118 US 2018 Sell This Version
none Faust The Faust Tapes(26xFile, AAC, Album, RE, RM, 256) ReR Megacorp none Europe Unknown
RéR F2CD Faust The Faust Tapes(CD, Album, RE) ReR Megacorp RéR F2CD UK Unknown Sell This Version
RéR F2CD Faust The Faust Tapes(CD, Album, RE) ReR Megacorp, Cuneiform Records RéR F2CD US Unknown Sell This Version
ReR F2CD Faust The Faust Tapes(CD, Album, RE) ReR Megacorp ReR F2CD US Unknown Sell This Version
RéR F2CD, LSI 1022 Faust The Faust Tapes(CD, Album, RE) ReR Megacorp, Cuneiform Records, Locus Solus RéR F2CD, LSI 1022 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
ReR F2 Faust The Faust Tapes(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP, Dig) ReR Megacorp ReR F2 UK Unknown Sell This Version
ReR F2 Faust The Faust Tapes(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP, Dig) ReR Megacorp ReR F2 UK Unknown Sell This Version
RéR F2CD Faust The Faust Tapes(CD, Album, RE, RP) ReR Megacorp, Cuneiform Records RéR F2CD US Unknown Sell This Version
8-853 Faust The Faust Tapes(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) ArsNova 8-853 Russia Unknown Sell This Version

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Booj1Boy

Booj1Boy

September 20, 2018
referencing The Faust Tapes, LP, Album, VC501, VC 5o1
From Melody Maker, Jul 1972:
"The Faust Tapes, Virgin's cheap album currently at number 18 in the MM chart will be deleted on July 20. Reason? Well, it was too popular. At 48p a go, the album costs more to produce than the price it sells for. So, on 60,000 sales Virgin have already LOST £2,000. Such are the crazy economics of the business... or so they say."

49 pence = roughly £5.50 in 2018
PBHURT

PBHURT

February 17, 2014
referencing The Faust Tapes, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180, ReR VF2
I love this album so much, but where is the original (superior) artwork?
mickymike

mickymike

September 12, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
referencing The Faust Tapes, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180, ReR VF2
Such a wonderful band... strange though, how ReR used this art work for "the Faust Tapes" reissue LP(2010), being that the same artwork was also used for "Munic & Elsewhere" (1986)... hence was this an error on someones part? ...or they just ran out of ideas for artwork?
progfan97402

progfan97402

June 2, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
referencing The Faust Tapes, LP, Album, VC501, VC 5o1
Simply one of the defining moments of Krautrock as far as I'm concerned. Polydor was not happy with their input, deeming it "not commercial enough", so they went over to Virgin Records. Apparently Richard Branson's Virgin Records was just a record store and he'd sell imports from the likes of Gong, Faust, Tangerine Dream, and the likes (it became a label because he wanted to give Mike Oldfield a chance when no other record label did, and obviously those other mentioned groups ended on the label). Given Faust was selling so much better in the UK than Germany, it's little wonder why these guys switched to Virgin.

The Faust Tapes were a collection of recordings the band was doing up to that point. Virgin sold it for 49p, the price of a single in the UK at the time. One can only imagine the reaction of kids on a limited budget what they were getting into when they bought this, on pocket change! The music has a cut and paste approach. At first it starts off rather mellow. Piano-dominated, almost veering towards symphonic prog, but then it quickly changes to weird voices inspired by Can's "Aumgn" (even has that similar echo), then they get into a repetitive jam. Throughout the album you're treated with tons of weird sound effect, noise, and the occasional "real song" to settle you down. Some of the vocals are in English, German, and even French (helps that Jean Hervé Peron was French himself). Of all the early releases I've heard on Virgin (1973 to about 1978), this is probably the most extreme and bizarre albums I've heard on that label.

The front cover is basically a collection of press releases from various British and French rock critics from various magazines regarding Faust (I noticed John Peel was one of them, but I guess that isn't too surprising), most of them in English, a couple of them in French. The back features artwork from Bridget Riley called Crest, which was done in 1964. Virgin gave no permission from her to include the artwork on the album, therefor latter pressings never featured that artwork. Even though it's from 1964, it still gives that '70s feel perfect for an album released in 1973.

For those who enjoy the more extreme Krautrock, this album is required in your collection.