Nights At The Roundtable with legendary German experimental/electronic/Avant-Garde band Faust and their 2000 live album, The Land of ukko&rauni, recorded in Helsinki Finland.
January 11, 2012

Faust: For over 40 years, still at the vanguard.

Last week when I was posting Miles Davis' Jack Johnson, I mentioned how Davis was attempting to do for Rock what he had done for Jazz, and that was take it out of itself, free it up, lose the preconceived notions.

I indicated that it was something of a clarion call to a lot of musicians all over the world to begin experimenting and develop what became the Progressive Movement.

I don't think anyone took it more seriously than the Germans. From the late 60's and early 70's, bands were springing up all over Germany and one of those bands to become something of a divining rod for the genre were Faust.

From the get-go they were unconventional and completely unique. Over the years they've changed personnel, but they haven't changed direction. Commercial/Mainstream just hasn't ever been in their DNA, and for that they have continued to be pioneering and wildly influential with a huge quantity of bands still following their lead all over the world.

Tonight it's a track (actually two tracks since they blend into each other) from The Land Of Ukko&Rauni, a live album they recorded in 2000 while on tour in Helsinki.

Carousel II and wir brauchen dich no #7 come in at just a little under 11 minutes and, if you aren't familiar with them, and are waiting for "the tune" to start - sorry. They can be, and have always been to a lot of people, quite an acquired taste. I have loved them since the second I discovered them in 1971 and it hasn't changed in all that time.

We're going a bit out on a limb here tonight. If you like it I'll make sure we dive into more over the coming weeks/months.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained and think of the experience you'll have in the process.

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