FAUST The Wumme Years 1970-73 (Faust, So Far, The Faust Tapes, 71 Minutes & BBC Sessions+)

The Wumme Years 1970-73
Five Experimental Krautrock Essentials

So Far
The Faust Tapes
71 Minutes
BBC Sessions+

I thought about penning some huge tome about the history of Krautrock and Faust’s rightful place in the universal scheme of things, but figured fuck it, you’re either interested in 5 CDs of German 70s experimental madness or you’re not. Besides, it’s just hard to imagine Faust making that many new fans in this day and age anyway. The Wumme Years 1970-73, boxes the band’s first releases (essential for those relentlessly curious types), a compilation of early material and a fantastic BBC disc collecting previously unreleased live recordings and a few rarities. Faust quietly emerged in 1970 (on a major label, no less) and their off-key, broken English vocals and sonic manipulation was obviously influenced by the likes of The Mothers of Invention, as well as Stockhausen, the psychedelic movement in general and fractured minimalism in particular. Beyond that, they forged new ground along with fellow Fourth Reich pioneers like Can, Amon Duul, Popul Vuh and others, all with their own spin on the collision of influences they each adroitly juggled. The result was the birth of an underground movement and, while everybody’s got their own faves (for a host of differing reasons), mine was Faust. Also recommended is Outside The Dream Syndicate (here) and Patchwork (here). Fanatics can find the Faust IV outtakes CD and Faust V promo cassette (here, courtesy of The Heat Warps). Track lists in Comments


  • Willard
    July 21, 2009 - 09:19 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Capt. Willard
    July 22, 2009 - 16:43 | Permalink

    Why Don't You Eat Carrots? (9:35)
    Meadow Meal (8:19)
    Miss Fortune (16:36)

    SO FAR
    It’s a Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl (7:32)
    On the Way to Abamäe (2:46)
    No Harm (10:22)
    So Far (6:20)
    Mamie Is Blue (6:06)
    I’ve Got My Car and My TV (3:51)
    Picnic on a Frozen River (0:44)
    Me Lack Space … (0:41)
    … in the Spirit (2:16)

    Exercise – With Several Hands On A Piano (0:52)
    Exercise – With Voices, Drum And Sax (0:22)
    Flashback Caruso (4:01)
    Exercise – With Voices (1:49)
    J'ai Mal Aux Dents (7:15)
    Untitled : I (1:04)
    Untitled : Arnulf And Zappi On Drums (1:43)
    Dr.Schwitters Intro (0:25)
    Exercise (Continues) (1:11)
    Untitled : II (1:18)
    Untitled : III (0:50)
    Dr.Schwitters Snippet (0:50)
    Untitled : Arnulf On Drums I (1:04)
    Untitled : Arnulf On Drums II (0:48)
    Untitled : All On Saxes (1:34)
    Untitled : IV (2:19)
    Untitled : Rudolf I (0:35)
    Untitled : Rudolf II (0:52)
    Untitled : Rudolf III (1:17)
    Untitled : V (2:29)
    Untitled : VI (0:20)
    Untitled : VII (1:13)
    Untitled : VIII (0:59)
    Stretch Out Time (1:36)
    Der Baum (3:51)
    Chere Chambre (3:08)

    71 MINUTES
    Munic-Yesterday (11:58)
    Don't Take Roots (4:54)
    Das Meer (2:50)
    Knochentanz (11:49)
    Baby (4:23)
    J'ai Mal Aux Dents (7:07)
    Party 8 (1:23)
    Psalter (4:09)
    25 Yellow Doors (4:33)
    Chromatic (9:48)
    Party 6 (0:43)
    Giggy Smile (3:25)
    Lieber Herr Deutschland (4:49)

    BBC 1.3.73 (22:12)
    Party 9 (6:07)
    (360) (3:38)
    Party 10 (1:12)
    Party 1 (3:43)
    We Are The Hallo Men (4:30)
    So Far (Alternative) (3:59)
    Meer (Alternative) (3:13)

  • Anonymous
    July 23, 2009 - 23:48 | Permalink

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  • Anonymous
    July 24, 2009 - 07:01 | Permalink

    Cor!!!!!!!!!! Fantastic Stuff…I will enjoy these I can tell you..If you haven't got any tombs on the subject Julian Cope's Krautrock book is a must…if you can find one!

    Regards 6pt

  • Quark
    July 24, 2009 - 17:22 | Permalink

    Bought the `Faust` album in a junk shop when it first came out….Thought it was an unholy noise.
    30 years later i am worried that I am actually liking it!
    Will give the whole lot a try…Thanks.

  • Molecules
    July 24, 2009 - 18:43 | Permalink

    bloody hell. Thanks a bundle! I recently dug out the Faust Tapes-esque 'Patchwork' CD of unreleased material from this era (one of only two Faust albums I own) and decided to find some more after all this time, only to stumble upon this! Great upload. Are the liner notes for this box set any good? I might just have to cop this… Oh and if you are interested I will be posting .pdfs of 'Krautrocksampler' on my blog in the near future. cheers! x

  • Anonymous
    July 30, 2009 - 10:14 | Permalink

    many thanks -got all the otherson lp as they came out but have never come across the bbc stuff before

  • cgm
    July 30, 2009 - 22:30 | Permalink

    Thanks for this. Still not entirely sure who would win a zeitgeist deathmatch between Can and Faust. 20 years ago, Can would surely have come out on top. Now, in the 21st century, I begin to think that Faust might win on points. Great post!

  • stuckinthe70s
    July 30, 2009 - 22:32 | Permalink

    ah! heaven. thanks – steve

  • Rick
    October 22, 2011 - 17:09 | Permalink

    The BBC made an informative 3 part documentary series on Kraut Rock which can be found around the net.

  • October 22, 2011 - 19:54 | Permalink

    amazon was selling this for a steal in early 2000s; got mine then;
    a few years later and i found myself selling it again on amazon
    [used] for several X what i’d paid…. the buyer: Fred of the B52s!

    • Willard
      October 22, 2011 - 19:58 | Permalink

      Funny. I’m thinking about selling mine. I sold something a number of years ago to Ricky Skaggs (Bill Monroe related).

  • Matthew Best
    October 23, 2011 - 18:04 | Permalink

    I bought “The Faust Tapes” when it came out in the UK for 49 pence (the cost of a single at that time). I looked at your track listing and didn’t recognise a single one – apparently the album I bought didn’t bother with track titles, it just had two sides of “music”. I quite enjoyed it at the time, but I’m not sure that everyone who was tempted by the low price would have been so open-minded.

    • Willard
      October 24, 2011 - 10:23 | Permalink

      I still have my original vinyl, too. I don’t think they bothered with titles until the CD age, though, I could be mistaken. Faust definitely weren’t for everybody. I know I pissed off a lot of neighbors with my collection.

  • Tony
    October 25, 2011 - 18:36 | Permalink

    I have the titles for The Faust Tapes. When I bought this record, I was around 14. I wrote to Virgin for some promo stuff and got all kinds of stuff: a little booklet (long gone) and a picture of the band. I wrote the titles down and keep them in the record jacket to this day (sent them to the drummer, Zappi, years ago, and he disagreed with them as being accurate):

    Side1 – Flash Back Carrooso; J’ai mal aux Dents; Humphrey Bogart; Doctor Schwitters; 7/5/4; Los Hideros

    Side 2 – Finnish Autumn; Stretch Out; Der Baum; Ma Chambre

    • Willard
      October 26, 2011 - 02:47 | Permalink

      Interesting. Thanks.

  • frank
    September 14, 2012 - 02:06 | Permalink

    Superthanks to you, sir ;)

  • david
    February 17, 2014 - 23:06 | Permalink

    Hello, the link to Tapes points to So Far. A few years gone, any chance of a fix? Thanks! Plenty to warp/wrap my ears around for now!

    • Willard
      February 17, 2014 - 23:26 | Permalink

      Damned nice of someone to mention it after a year and a half. Fixed, thanks. We’ve got some more Faust coming up next week (and there’s more in the archives, too.)

  • May 25, 2014 - 01:24 | Permalink

    Faust-ing like crazy. Haven’t listened in a while and definitely am no expert. Thanks so much.

    • Willard
      May 25, 2014 - 01:48 | Permalink

      Make sure you get Patchwork, too. It’s a good one.

  • Paul
    October 17, 2015 - 01:06 | Permalink

    Likewise I bought the Faust Tapes when it came out as the astonishingly low price of 49pence. It was seen by many as an attempt by Virgin to ween the lumpenrockfans off their standard fare. It didn’t always work; Mr Kerr of the aptly named “Simple Minds” reckoned it made a good ashtray when melted and molded! However for others it was a chance to explore more “Krautrock”.

    Gong’s excellent “Camembert Electrique” was also available around the same time for the same price.

    Later Virgin brought out the also excellent reggae sample “The Front Line” for 10 bob (well 49 new pence, which would have been 10 bob in old money!!))

    • Willard
      October 17, 2015 - 01:10 | Permalink

      Those of us in the States were paying import prices, when we could find them.

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