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Faust IV Original recording remastered, Import

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  • Audio CD (June 12 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: EMI/Virgin
  • ASIN: B000EJ9KJ4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Disc: 1
1. Krautrock (2006 Digital Remaster)
2. The Sad Skinhead (2006 Digital Remaster)
3. Jennifer (2006 Digital Remaster)
4. Just A Second (Starts Like That!)/Picnic On A Frozen River/Deuxieme Tableaux (2006 Digital Remaster)
5. Giggy Smile (2006 Digital Remaster)
6. Lauft...Heisst Das Es Lauft Oder Es Kommt Bald..Lauft (2006 Digital Remaster)
7. It's A Bit Of A Pain (2006 Digital Remaster)
Disc: 2
1. The Lurcher
2. Krautrock
3. Do So
4. Jennifer
5. The Sad Skinhead
6. Just A Second (Starts Like That!) (Extended Version)
7. Piano Piece
8. Lauft...Heisst Das Es Lauft Oder Es Kommt Bald..Lauft
9. Giggy Smile

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Originally released in 1973 but despite of it's title, think it might've been the band's actual third lp. Not quite sure about that. Opens with the almost twelve-minute gem of all gems of it's genre "Krautrock" that's worth the admission price alone. Other notable tunes include the reggae-like "The Sad Skinhead", their Donovan-ish "Jennifer", "Picnic On A Frozen River" and "It's A Bit Of A Pain". Personnel: Hans Joachim-organ, Jean Herve Peron-trumpet & vocals, Werner Diermaier-drums, Gunther Wusthoff-bass and Rudolf Sossna-guitar. Essential for any and all true fans of German progressive, krautrock and space rock. An authentic krautrock classic if there ever was one.
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If you buy only one Faust album, buy this one. It includes the classic work, Krautrock, that came to define the genre, plus a second disk containing the prestigious John Peel Sessions and alternate takes. There are some good songs and some great jamming. This album is essential listening for those seeking an historical understanding of the evolution of experimental rock. The music possesses a certain je ne sais quoi that grows on you.
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HASH(0xa7c58e4c) out of 5 stars One of the best Krautrock albums ever Aug. 4 1999
By Michael Paulsen - Published on
Format: Audio CD
For anyone curious about the Krautrock phenomenon of the 70's, Faust IV is one of the most satisfyingly listenable albums of them all, yet it still contains the defining avant-garde and rock experimentalism of the genre. Songs like "Jennifer" and "Picnic on a Frozen River..." (which should have been titled "Giggy Smile" instead of the track that follows) are genuine "should-be" classics. Surprisingly, like many other Krautrock acts of the 70's, Faust never take themselves too seriously. Lines like "Going places, smashing faces...what else could we do?") on the humourous ska sketch, "The Sad Skinhead", are living proof. I had a harder time warming up to the earlier Faust releases, but I always come back to this one for a great listening experience.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7c58ea0) out of 5 stars INTRA-VENOUS June 20 2006
By Hank Napkin - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Bless their subversive hearts! Faust had said that their preceding album, "Tapes" (That budget-priced wonder that broke them into the UK charts and proved that even in music price will at least get you sales, if not an audience) should not be considered their third album. So, In typical Faust fashion, what better name for the next release than IV?

Some years later, after very fine CD reissues that reproduced the iconic clear cover of their first, and the black art portfolio of "So Far" followed by several iterations of "Tapes" we have a definitive edition of "IV". And while this release demonstrates that you can improve on sound it also demonstrates that there's simply no improving music that is already perfect. The sound here is more clinical than the LP or earlier CD versions. In many ways the clarity of the re-mastering work is interesting. But you have to remember how big a role accident and imperfection -- as well as recognizing the recording process -- played in Faust's approach to music. Like the sometimes similar and equally brilliant This Heat, if it was worthwhile material it didn't seem to matter that it was captured on a little cassette deck or through a busted microphone: the imperfections created by marginal gear and equipment as well as the very character of the recording devices themselves became as integral an element of each piece as any instrument: "Leci n'est pas une pipe".

So "better" here must be viewed as a relative term. I'd settle for "different" and pretty much leave it at that. The additional tracks are all worth inclusion -- no real dross, though you may find the differences between some alternatives and their "official" versions to be sometimes rather slight. Still, why argue when those previously unheard pieces can now be heard? Add informative and intelligent liner notes to restored cover art and it's clearly an essential release to any collection already embracing Faust.

As for the music, this recording is very nearly the epitome of an era in which popular forms were stretched to past the breaking point by ideas about process and the elevation of the music studio as a participant -- rather than mere witness -- in the compositional process. Not just Sergeant Pepper's speed and direction tricks, but actual instrument-like levels of sound creation. No pun intended, but Faust very nearly single-handedly defined an aesthetic that even in retrospect remains profoundly individual and even iconoclastic within much of its contemporary milieu. Yet it still offers a sense of accessibility that much art rock remains incapable of to this day. From withholding the drums until you think "Krautrock" simply must not, can not be rock, until the "Sad Skinhead" wipes his tears and blows his nose and the drill finally gives you your very own bit of eardrum buzz pain, Faust closed their Virgin years with a brilliant, at moments tongue-in-cheek, at moments deliriously serious and amazing record. Re-master it all you want, it will never sound old.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7d102f4) out of 5 stars Perfectly melds avant-garde with innovative songwriting Nov. 23 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I'm sure this album has had a big influence on many other bands, either directly or indirectly. Still, even today, Faust remains among the boldest and most eccentric recording artists I've ever heard. This record came out in '73 and, while it's too unique to sound dated, the way it was recorded is telling. We're not likely to hear another album quite like this. These days, it's too tempting to avail oneself of modern technological trickery than to bang it out yourself. On the other hand, Faust were all about pushing technological limits. It only takes one good listen to hear how technologically impressive this is (but probably several listens to fully digest it).
The breakdown:
"Krautrock" sounds like an exquisite extended drone session with its thick wall of synths punctuated by short bursts from other musical sources. This one in particular may take time to fully appreciate. A precursor to Industrial. Caution: trance inducing.
I think "The Sad Skinhead" and "Jennifer" in particular had an influence on New Wave and other bands like Bauhaus and Radiohead. "Skinhead" is like a rather wierd and very European take on raggae (think the Clash but stranger) with vibes and other Faustian touches. "Jennifer" sounds like bouncing on clouds, walking through a lightning field and winding up in an empty saloon with a noodling honky-tonk piano player.
"Just a Second (Starts Like That!)" goes off the experimental deep end featuring what sounds like a mutant breed of electric water dragons mating.
"Picnic on a Frozen River, Deuxieme Tableux" starts off with different music from the original version (including great sax) that appeared on SO FAR, but that irritatingly catchy keyboard riff soon creeps in. The whole thing turns into a juicy excuse to add some crazy guitar work over the proceedings.
"Giggy Smile" is a great song built on acoustic guitar, a strident violin and unusual percussion.
"Lauft . . Heisst das es Lauft Oder es Kommt Bald . . Lauft" is a nice ambient piece, somewhat disrupted toward the end by the inclusion of a few more ominous synth tones.
"It's a Bit of a Pain" is another nice song with acoustic guitar, piano and a blast of white noise to accentuate the "pain." Finally, one of the most corrosive guitar solos ever recorded tops off the song and completes this amazing and highly enjoyable album.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7d1069c) out of 5 stars brilliant!! Dec 28 2001
By g cooper - Published on
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wow. i got this album for christmas not expecting much, and the result has been one of the most amazing albums i've ever heard. all the songs fit together into a sonic masterpiece.
the songs are incredibly diverse, and no two sound the same. the album opens with, 'krautrock,' an 11-minute instrumental composed of bizarre, beautiful atmospheres with spare percussion. it's indeed the song that named the whole movement, other bands being can and neu!(also brilliant to a lesser extent). the next song, 'the sad skinhead,' starts off as dub-reggae, but goes into a bouncy, fun pop song. it's the next song though, 'jennifer,' that is the best song on the album. it's so beautiful! the guitar part is small and subtle, but really complements the drone drumming and the monotone lyrics about a girl whose hair is on fire. great stuff!! my other favorite songs are the funky 'just a second (starts like that),' and the stark, folk-y, 'it's a bit of pain,' although the album is best heard as a whole. it's all very overwhelming. at one moment there is tuneful bliss and at the next theres screaming feedback and samples. but in some amazing, impossible way, it's one of the most accesible album's i've ever heard.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7d10798) out of 5 stars Faust - 'Faust IV' (Caroline) Dec 15 2004
By Mike Reed - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 1973 as, I believe it to be the band's fourth album. 'Faust IV' is without a doubt a brilliantly assembled piece of recorded work. Top rate kraut, it just doesn't get much better than this. Should be stored right next to your copies of their other early releases, 'Faust / So Far', '71 Minutes Of' and 'Faust Tapes' (see my reviews of all three). Opens with the nearly twelve-minute gem of ALL gems "Krautrock" that's worth the admission price alone. Other great cuts include their somewhat reggae-like "The Sad Skinhead",their Donovan-ish "Jennifer", "Picnic On A Frozen River" and "It's A Bit Of A Pain". The line-up is: Hans Joachim Irmler - organ, Werner Diermaier - drums, Jean Herve Peron - vocals &trumpet, Rudolf Sossna - guitar and Gunther Wusthoff - bass. This title is easy to find and so affordable. I don't think I've ever seen it priced over $12, new used OR even in those 'upscale' music shops where they often try to disguise domestic CD's as imports. Don't you just hate that? Essential to all fans of krautrock, space and progressive.