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Faust: The Wumme Years 1971-73

Ian MacDonald, Uncut, May 2001

THERE'S STILL nothing quite like the first side of Faust's eponymous debut album, recorded in 1971 and released by a bemused Polydor in 1972. These 20 minutes disconcertingly blend a dreamlike visionary sensibility (cousin to Werner Herzog's 1974 feature The Enigma of Casper Hauser) with the radical cut-ups of Stockhausen and the disruptive collage aesthetic of Frank Zappa.

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