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Faust - Fresh Air album review

Album Review

Still bringing the noise, a US tour becomes a live album

While lolling on a bean bag at Virgin’s flagship Notting Hill store, the section marked ‘Krautrock’ seemed to embody the exotic new possibilities of the psychedelic rock being crafted in laboratories and castles all over Germany. When the first Faust album appeared on transparent wax branded with an X-rayed hand in 1971, it raised the bar for aural anarchy in music, igniting a fanbase that lapped up ’72’s all-black second album So Far, then swelled to thousands when Virgin’s new label signed them and released a collection of archival segments in 1973 for 48p.

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