1971 - 1974

Product Code: BB374
Release Date: 8th October 2021
Product Code: BB374
Release Date: 8th October 2021

Limited boxset that 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 more.

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. 

This box is the first virtually complete collection of Faust works from the years 1971-1974.
In addition to the debut album, 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.

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