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Customer Reviews

The Abba of the Avante Guarde

Let me explain, I don't like MOR pop music. It gives me hives. But Abba are something else, an undeniable talent. Faust are the Abba of the Avante Guarde. This album is easily as daring and revolutionary as anything by Karlheinz Stockhausen or Pierre Boulez but it's fun to listen to, exciting, humourous and scary in equal measure. Songs as such are hard to come by but Der Baum, Flahback Caruso and J'ai Mail Aux Dents are indispensible as is the untitled track with the guys clomping about in hobnail boots rattling bottles while someone dials the speaking clock. Get the whole album, though, otherwise you miss the point.

Strap yourself to a chair so you can't run away...

...after the fifth playing you get used to it (apart from the drills track). Bought this in the 70's when it was the gimmick price of a single, I listened to it a lot and did enjoy it. The Tapes rewards perserverance with emerging details, humour and the occasional tune! A classic.

Too expensive

I would love this album. It's not brilliant I must say, but it would bring back memories of a "certain" time. Originally it was sold for 49p. So, it's too expensive. Sorry.


Formed: 1971 in Wumme, Germany

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '90s, '00s, '10s

"There is no group more mythical than Faust," wrote Julian Cope in his book Krautrocksampler, which detailed the pivotal influence the German band exerted over the development of ambient and industrial textures. Producer/overseer Uwe Nettelbeck, a onetime music journalist, formed Faust in Wumme, Germany, in 1971 with founding members Hans Joachim Irmler, Jean Hervé Péron, Werner "Zappi" Diermaier, Rudolf Sosna, Gunther Wusthoff, and Armulf Meifert. Upon receiving advance money from their label, Nettelbeck...
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