Listen: The Faust Tapes special
- By Greg Rose -
- Jan 22, 2013
On May 25th 1973 Virgin Records released its first four albums: alongside Mike Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells', Gong's 'Flying Teapot' and 'Manor Live' - a jam session led by Elkie Brooks, was an album called 'The Faust Tapes' by Faust.
40 years later, the German krautrockers influence can still be felt across a whole range of genres and their music is as revered as ever.
With that in mind, Stuart Maconie showcased The Faust Tapes on his Freak Zone show on BBC Radio 6Music this week.
As well as the great music, The Faust Tapes was notable for Richard Branson's innovative marketing campaign. Virgin Records sold the album for just 49p, which resulted in far wider exposure for both the band and the label.