Monday, 19 September 2016
Faust - BBC Sessions+ (rel. 2001)
This compilation is from 2001, and swept up a few of the remaining unreleased oddities from Faust's original incarnation, along with a couple that had already seen the light of day elsewhere - and the BBC session, first broadcast in March 1973, that gives the disc its name.
Despite the description, Faust never recorded in the BBC studio, finding it incompatible with their gear - instead, a 22 minute tape of new material was sent over. First up was eight minutes of laid back groove entitled The Lurcher - towards its end, as Rudolf Sosna's guitar comes to the fore, you can hear where Jennifer from Faust IV was going to come from. Suddenly, the recording smashes into a much more primal, molten-hot miasma of sound. The aforementioned album's legendary opening track rumbles on in an even more thrilling rough mix - such a high point of the krautrock canon that they named it after that cringey-to-this-day genre descriptor (invented by the British music press) in mock-homage. The session ends with Do So - a brief, more electronics-heavy version of Stretch Out Time that would appear on The Faust Tapes.
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