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Patchwork 1971-2002 . Faust


staubgold 37
2002. cd . dl . lp

“Nothing is sacred; everything is divine. No track hangs around for longer than 4 minutes (though somehow you know they're undoubtedly continuing to this day in some parallel dimension). (…) ‘Patchwork’ is best heard as a fabulous whole. Like some reliable DIY krautrock fix-all, it does exactly what it says on the tin. Patched together from one of musical history's most thrilling cornucopias of taped sound, this Faust is truly a piece of work.” (Chris Jones BBC Music Online)

For this very special release Staubgold label manager Markus Detmer and Faust member Hans Joachim Irmler compiled unreleased Faust recordings from 1971 to 2002, covering the legendary Wumme Years (1971 - 1973) and the time at Virgin's Manor studios (1974- 1975) as well as their new start in the early 80s and recent years. Compiled as a collage, as the title suggests, "Patchwork" unfolds the core qualities of Faust and gives a deep impression of their working method.

Appearing: Werner Diermaier, Hans Joachim Irmler, Jean-Hervé Peron, Rudolf Sosna, Gunther Wüsthoff, Arnulf Meiffert, Steven Wray Lobdell, Lars Paukstat, Michael Stoll.

“Opening with a devastatingly negative review (in German) of Faust's live debut in 1971, Patchwork dips into the group's 30-year commitment to un-pop to assemble a sonic collage that ‘discloses the creative energy within Faust’ (…) Let other people join 'the business' or make 'albums' - Faust preferred communal self-determination and random home-made bootlegs. That doesn't mean you have to like it, but music this stark and astringent seems astonishing in these rigidly conformist times.” (Adam Sweeting, Guardian Online)


"Inventors of 'Kraurock', iconoclasts extraordinaire, Faust are key figures in 20th Century music. In the early 70's, along with Can and Kraftwerk, they re-invented pop music as a specifically European art-form.

Virtually imprisoned by Polydor in their own studio for two years, they were able to revolutionize the whole process of musical production; they improvised with Industrial noise, generated bizarre hypnotic grooves, indulged in shockingly willful studio-based collages, and dabbled with every conceivable musical genre, sometimes simultaneously! Every now and then they found time for a burst of satirical pop, or occasional waves of delicate ambience.

Amongst those Faust have strongly influenced we must count Brian Eno, Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire, Test Department, Einstürzende Neubauten, My Bloody Valentine, Julian Cope and a host of Industrial and Techno bands. The music has lost none of it's immediacy or relevance - it sounds as if it was recorded last week, not last decade.” (Chris Cutler)