Faust (album)

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Faust
Faust AlbumCover Faust.jpg
Studio album by
Released1971
Recorded1970–1971 in Wümme, Germany
GenreExperimental rock, krautrock, sound collage
Length34:07
LabelPolydor
ProducerUwe Nettelbeck
Faust chronology
Faust
(1971)
Faust So Far
(1972)

Faust (German for "fist") is the debut studio album by the experimental music band Faust. It was released in 1971 on Polydor Records. Although it was never a commercial success, Faust has garnered much 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
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 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.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Why Don't You Eat Carrots?"Faust9:31
2."Meadow Meal"Faust, Rudolf Sosna8:02
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
3."Miss Fortune"Faust16:35

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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