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Faust: Return of a Legend: Munic & Elsewhere

Review by Biba Kopf, New Musical Express, January 1987

MEPHISTO CALLING. Good news – Faust are back. Released from a devil's pact with silence, they're noisily celebrating the repossession of their souls. A new ...

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Krautrock: Germany Calling

Overview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 9 December 1972

TIME WAS WHEN a sudden loud crash around West Germany was probably just an other F-One-Eleven. These days it's more likely to be the local ...

Krautrock: Germany Calling #3

Overview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 23 December 1972

From Amon Düül to Faust's new sound-world ...

Faust and Foremost

Profile and Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, March 1973

IT IS TWELVE noon, and in the smoky sunshine of a London afternoon a group of German longhairs are unloading a huge Mercedes truck full ...

Faust: The Sound of the Eighties

Comment by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 3 March 1973

A LOW buzzing sound, at first almost subliminal, emanates from a position somewhere between the twin stereo speakers. It wavers, hesitantly, from side to side ...

Faust: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, June 1973

LONDON'S RAINBOW looked like a Berliner Ensemble production of a rock musical version of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse 5. The stage backdrop had been raised, revealing ...

Virgin Records' First-Ever Releases: Mike Oldfield, Daevid Allen & Gong, Faust

Report by Ed Jones, Cracker, June 1973

AT 18, RICHARD BRANSON STARTED a nationwide magazine called Student, from a basement in Connaught Square, London. Realising that literacy was a faltering skill among ...

Faust: Town Hall, Plymouth

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 2 June 1973

I'VE NO CLEAR idea of what was going on at this concert at all. Faust, hardly the most publicised of bands, appear suddenly at Plymouth ...

The Helmet of the Policeman is on the Head of the Musician: Faust In Britain

Report by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 7 July 1973

FAUST WERE bored. Bored with the set they'd been playing on tour, feeling that they'd much rather lounge around all day in their London flat ...

Faust: Faust IV (Virgin)

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 13 October 1973

FAUST IV is the chronological successor of So Far (The Faust Tapes being from the period of the transparent album) and, as such, represents the ...

Faust: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 27 October 1973

I SENSED something weird was in the offing the moment I was met in the foyer of the Rainbow by a lady dressed as a ...

Faust: Faust IV

Review by Ed Jones, Cracker, November 1973

I WAS SURPRISED when Faust's third album, The Faust Tapes, became a chart hit (even at only 48p.) because it seemed so wilfully arbitrary and ...

Faust: Guildhall, Plymouth

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, November 1973

"I NEVER EXPECTED anything like this," exclaimed a small enthusiastic person who occupied the seat next to mine in Plymouth's famous Guildhall on May 19 ...

Ugly, vulgar, insulting — Zappa scores!

Review by Simon Frith, Let It Rock, November 1973

The Mothers: Overnite Sensation (Discreet)Faust: Faust IV (Virgin) ...

Faust: "We're Just Trying to Be Here Now"

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 3 November 1973


The Concise NME Guide To Electronic Music & Synthesised Sound

Guide by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, 5 January 1980

"Progress in the physical and mechanical sciences determines a progress in art." — Carlos Chavez, 1957 ...

Welcome To The Machine: Kraut Rock

Overview by John McCready, The Face, November 1996

Julian Cope has championed it, new Nineties bands are ransacking it and the ageing German hippies that first created it are now packing in techno ...

Faust: Deconstructing the nuts, bolts and girders of rock - or simply having a smashing time?

Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, April 1997

A DAY OR TWO after their Queen Elizabeth Hall concert, my ears are still ringing when I go to interview Jean-Hervé Peron, one of the ...


Retrospective by Andy Gill, MOJO, April 1997

IT'S SOMETIME IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER OF 1973-4, and Faust are playing Sheffield City Hall. ...

The Faust Tapes: Faust Epiphany

Retrospective by Don Watson, The Wire, September 2000

ONE OF THE EFFECTS of the rabid reissue programs that accompanied the CD revolution was to offer shrinkwrapped package tours into your teenage bedrom. Music, ...

Faust: Nosferatu Soundtrack, Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, The Independent, October 2000

Interludes With A Vampire   ...

Faust: The Wumme Years 1970-1973

Review by Rob Chapman, MOJO, November 2000

A 5-CD BOX SET comprising the band’s first two Polydor LPs, Faust and So Far, and two further compilations of rarely heard material, BBC Sessions ...

Faust: The Wumme Years 1971-73

Review by 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 ...

Epiphanies: Faust

Memoir by David Stubbs, The Wire, March 2004

David Stubbs recalls early arousals caused by Faust's "wonderful wooden reason". ...

Faust: Faust IV

Review by Rob Chapman, The Wire, May 2006

IN DECEMBER 1972, when the late Ian MacDonald wrote the first authoritative, and still near-definitive, guide to German experimental rock for NME he sorted the ...


Retrospective and Interview by John Doran, Record Collector, January 2009

In the early 1970s a revolution in sound occurred that was as influential in its own way as the birth of rock'n'roll or reggae. John ...


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