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8CD Boxset (1000 only) & Vinyl boxset (7LP + 2 x7" - 2000 only)

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8 CD Boxset contains Faust, So Far, The Faust Tapes, Faust IV, Punkt (1974 album that has never been released), Momentaufnahme I (unreleased studio tracks),
Momentaufnahme II (unreleased studio tracks), and CD8 is the two 7"'s

"There is no group more mythical than Faust." Julian Cope (Krautrocksampler)

A band's fame can be measured in the sum of myths, legends and stories which are conjured up in their wake. In which case, Faust have been playing in the Champions League for quite some time. Few bands have been as innovative, influential or as irrepressible as FAUST –the way they revolutionized the history of music in the space of just four years puts them right up there with The Velvet Underground. What began in a Hamburg (Sternschanze) bunker in 1970 would send shockwaves around the world. Here's how Stephen Morris (Joy Division/New Order) remembers it:

"The first Krautrock record which made a lasting impression on me was the debut album by Faust. The transparent disc looked spectacular and the music was mindblowing, not songs as such, it was something absolutely unique, the polar opposite of everything the Rolling Stones, Beatles and the like were doing. It was right up my street." (quoted in: Dallach/Future Sounds, p. 485 ff.)

This box is the first virtually complete collection of FAUST works from the years 1971-1974. In addition to the debut album referenced by Morris, it includes the 1972 album So Far, the legendary 1973 Virgin UK release The Faust Tapes ("Some chose to play frisbee with the LP, others said it changed their lives" as Jean-Hervé Peron noted), Faust IV and, for the first time ever, the mythical, so-called "Munich album" Punkt, which Faust recorded at Giorgio Moroder's Musicland Studios in 1974. For one reason or another, this last album never saw the light of day - until now. The bonus albums Momentaufnahme I and Momentaufnahme II also feature unreleased material, simultaneously affording us a fascinating glimpse of Faust's creativity in their Wümme studio phase.

Two 7-inch singles round off the Faust 1971-1974 compendium: Lieber Herr Deutschland is the demo recording they sent to Polydor in 1971, remarkably triggering a contract offer from the label who had something of a conservative reputation at the time. The track later resurfaced as the B-side to their single Baby, a song which had been rejected by the aforementioned label. The second 7-inch single in the box is a rerelease of So Far, the first FAUST single on Polydor, originally issued in 1972.

It is by no means overstating the case to assert that FAUST created and christened a genre (the name would prove emotive) in one fell swoop (track 1 on Faust IV).

This box is no more and no less than the holy grail of Krautrock. Even 50 years (or perhaps all the more so) after they took their first musical steps in a bunker near Hamburg's Sternschanze station, Faust still sound revolutionary, timeless, irrepressible and, above all, unique.


LP1/CD1 Faust

Why Don’t You Eat Carrots?
Meadow Meal
Miss Fortune

LP2/CD2 So Far
It’s A Rainy Day Sunshine Girl
On The Way To Abamäe
No Harm
So Far
Mamie Is Blue
I’ve Got My Car And MyTV
Picnic On A Frozen River
Me Lack Space…
…In The Spirit

LP3/CD3 The Faust Tapes
Several Hands On Our Piano
Flashback Caruso
Voices And Trumpet And All
J’ai Mal Aux Dents A6)Beim Nächsten Ton Ist Es…
Two Drums, Bass, Organ
Schwitters Intro
Several Hands On Our Piano (Continued)
Beam Me Up, Scotty
Schwitters (Continued)
Have A Good Time, Everybody
Above And Under Our Piano
Hermanns Lament
Was Ist Hier Los?
Rudolf Der Pianist
I’ve Heard That One Before
Watch Your Step
Under Our Piano Again
Fluid Chorus
Stretch Out TimeB
Der Baum
Chère Chambre

LP4/CD4 Faust IV
The Sad Skinhead
Just A Second / Picnic On A Frozen River, Deuxième Tableau
Giggy Smile
Läuft… Heisst Das, Es Läuft Oder Es Kommt Bald?… Läuft!
It’s A Bit Of A Pain

LP5/CD5 Punkt
Morning Land
Schön Rund
Prends Ton Temps

LP6/CD6 Momentaufnahme I
Es Ist Wieder Da
Weird Sounds Sound Bizarre
Fin De Face
Interlude 18. Juni
Bonne Soupe Au Fromage
Rückwärts Durch Die Drehtür

LP7/CD7 Momentaufnahme II
Lampe An, Tür Zu, Leute Rein!
Purzelbaum Mit Anschubsen
Tête-à-Tête Im Schredder
I Am… An Artist
Wir Wollen Mehr Volumen Kriegen
Arrampicarsi Sul Vesuvio
…und Alles durcheinander
The Fear Of Missing Out
Ma Trompette
As-tu Vu Mon Ombre?

7“ Single 1 / CD8
Lieber Herr Deutschland

7” Single 2 /CD8
So Far (Single Version)
It’s A Bit Of A