Faust (album)

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Faust
Studio album by Faust
Released 1971
Recorded 1970–1971 in Wümme, Germany
Genre Experimental rock, Krautrock, musique concrète
Length 34:07
Label Polydor
Producer Uwe Nettelbeck
Faust chronology
Faust
(1971)
Faust So Far
(1972)

Faust (German for "fist") is the 1971 debut album of German krautrock group Faust. Although it was never a commercial success, Faust has garnered much critical acclaim from rock critics.

Background[edit]

In 1971, Polydor entered a deal with Uwe Nettelbeck to assemble a musical ensemble that could compete with the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, and Small Faces. Before the release of their debut, Faust would send tapes to Polydor containing anything from studio experiments to recordings of someone washing dishes.[1]

Cover artwork[edit]

The original LP record was on clear vinyl in a clear cover with an X-ray of a human fist silkscreened on the outer sleeve. It also included a transparent plastic sheet with the lyrics and credits printed in red.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (9.0/10)[3]

Allmusic critic Archie Patterson lauded the band's accomplishment, writing that "The impact of Faust cannot be overstated; their debut album was truly a revolutionary step forward in the progress of "rock music"." He awarded Faust four and a half out of five stars, concluding that "the level of imagination is staggering, the concept is totally unique and it's fun to listen to as well."[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Why Don't You Eat Carrots?"   Faust 9:31
2. "Meadow Meal"   Faust, Rudolf Sosna 8:02
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
3. "Miss Fortune"   Faust 16:35

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilson, Andy. Faust - Stretch Out of Time. faust-pages.com. 2006. 32. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Patterson, Archie. "Faust". Allmusic. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ Leone, Dominique (2001). "Faust: Faust". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 

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