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Faust (band)

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Faust is a German band composed of Uwe Nettelbeck, Hans Joachim Irmler, Zappi Diermaier, Arnulf Meifert, Jean Herve Peron, Gunther Wustoff and Rudolf Sosna. The group formed in Wmme in 1971 (see 1971 in music) and soon began recording their debut, Faust, which sold poorly but established a devoted fanbase. With a series of early 1970s releases, Faust became one of the premier bands in the genre that would eventually be known as krautrock.

Faust experimented with the presentation of some of their records. Their first album was originally on clear vinyl in a clear sleeve. (Later reissues did not always follow this). The second album, So Far made extensive use of black, though inside the sleeve were photographs illustrating each song. The low priced Faust Tapes (issued at the price of a single, 58 UK pence) had a visually disturbing op art design by Bridget Riley, while Faust IV consisted of a series of blank music staves. The impact of these designs is largely lost in CD reissues.

Faust were arguably the most radical of the groups of their era, using advanced studio techniques and electronics in a way that opened up new possibilities for studio composition. At the time they did not have the same impact as a number of their German peers (notably Kraftwerk, Can and Tangerine Dream), but they are increasingly recognised as the most far-sighted of the German groups of that era.

Faust broke up in 1975 (see 1975 in music) but reunited in the early 1990s around the core members Hans Joachim Irmler, Zappi Diermaier and Jean Herve Peron, and toured the United States for the first time. Their latest album is Ravvivando (1999, 1999 in music).

Collaborations

During the Wmme Years (1970 1973) Faust played on Slapp Happy's first two albums, Sort of... and Acnalbasac Noom which were also produced by Uwe Nettelbeck. Slapp Happy's connection to Faust was Peter Blegvad who had played with Faust in Wmme and toured with them in the UK.

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