The Faust Tapes

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The Faust Tapes
Studio album by Faust
Released 1973
Recorded Wümme, June 1971 – June 1973
Genre Experimental Music, Musique Concrète, Krautrock
Length 43:26
Label Virgin
Producer Uwe Nettelbeck
Faust chronology
Faust So Far
(1972)
The Faust Tapes
(1973)
Outside the Dream Syndicate
(1973)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Faust Tapes is a 1973 album by the German krautrock group Faust. The album sold well in the United Kingdom (50,000 copies) because of a marketing gimmick by Virgin Records that saw it go on sale for the price of a single.[1] This exposure introduced British audiences to Faust.

Recommended Records reissued the album on LP in 1980, and on CD in 1996 and 2001. The Virgin and Recommended LP releases, and the first Recommended CD release had no track titles.

The Faust Tapes consists of segments of songs woven together in pieces spread out over two sides of the LP.[1][2]

Background[edit]

Faust's previous record label was Polydor Germany, and when they complained that Faust's second album Faust So Far (1972) was not commercial enough, Faust's producer, Uwe Nettelbeck signed the band up with Virgin Records in London. Part of the deal between Nettelbeck and Virgin was that he would give Virgin the tapes he had of the music Faust had been working on since So Far "for nothing" and that Virgin would release a record priced as low as possible. The result was The Faust Tapes, a full length album, which sold at 49 pence.[3]

Track listing[edit]

LP releases[edit]

Side one
  1. "Untitled" – 22:37
Side two
  1. "Untitled" – 20:49

2001 CD release[edit]

  1. "Exercise - With Several Hands on a Piano" (Faust) – 0:52
  2. "Exercise - With Voices, Drum and Sax" (Faust) – 0:21
  3. "Flashback Caruso" (Sosna) – 4:01
  4. "Exercise - With Voices" (Faust) – 1:48
  5. "J'ai Mal Aux Dents" (Sosna) – 7:14
  6. "Untitled" (Faust) – 1:03
  7. "Untitled (Arnulf and Zappi on drums)" (Faust) – 1:42
  8. "Dr. Schwitters - Intro" (Faust) – 0:25
  9. "Exercise (continues track 1)" (Faust) – 1:11
  10. "Untitled" (Faust) – 1:18
  11. "Untitled" (Faust) – 0:50
  12. "Dr. Schwitters (Snippet)" (Faust) – 0:49
  13. "Untitled (Arnulf on drums)" (Faust) – 1:03
  14. "Untitled (Arnulf on drums)" (Faust) – 0:47
  15. "Untitled (all on saxes)" (Faust) – 4:33
  16. "Untitled" (Faust) – 2:18
  17. "Untitled (Rudolf)" (Faust) – 0:34
  18. "Untitled (Rudolf)" (Faust) – 0:51
  19. "Untitled (Rudolf)" (Faust) – 1:15
  20. "Untitled" (Faust) – 2:28
  21. "Untitled" (Faust) – 0:20
  22. "Untitled" (Faust) – 1:13
  23. "Untitled" (Faust) – 0:59
  24. "Stretch Out Time" (Sosna) – 1:35
  25. "Der Baum" (Péron) – 3:49
  26. "Chère Chambre" (Péron) – 3:07

Personnel[edit]

Faust[edit]

Other contributors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Allmusic
  2. ^ George Starostin - Faust
  3. ^ Gill, Andy. "Having a Smashing Time". Mojo Magazine, April 1997. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 

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