Faust were a part of the genre known as Krautrock: progressive, avant-garde proto-electronica from Germany whose other proponents included Can, Neu! and Kraftwerk. Producer/overseer Uwe Nettelbeck, a onetime music journalist, formed Faust in Wumme, Germany, in 1971 with founding members Hans Joachim Irmler (also one half of Cluster), Jean Herv Peron, Werner "Zappi" Diermaier, Rudolf Sosna, Gunther Wusthoff, and Armulf Meifert. Faust IV was originally released in 1973 and is a favourite of many Faust fans. This release features the remastered album on CD1 with a second disc containing Peel Sessions and previously unreleased tracks. EMI. 2006.
When this Krautrock masterpiece (the 12-minute piece that coined the term is featured here) came out in 1973, there were those at Virgin who thought they might have a hit on their hands, what with Tubular Bells
blowing up and Can's "I Want More" right around the corner. Not bloody likely, as it was too experimental for the masses, and not wanky enough for the Camel/ELP crew. The off-center reggae-ish rhythms that would become prevalent in experi-pop are in high supply here (although Faust was always less funky than Can), as well as an affecting minimalist acoustic piece, "Giggy Smile," which would become their trademark. Marginally more commercial than their other releases, here is where the Terry Riley/Lee Perry horse that so many post-Stereolab bands ride came in from. --D. Strauss
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