Category: By the bug

Faust's third album compiles fragments of music that the German band had recorded between 1971 and 1973. Something of a home-made mixtape, the band strung these bits together and would play the tapes to freak out their friends. These recordings were not intended to ever be released, but the England-based Virgin Records had just picked them up and the label wanted to create a buzz by selling the album at an absurdly low price. It worked too well — the record sold over 50,000 copies in the UK in the months after its release and Virgin had to quickly delete it because each unit was being sold at a net loss. The publicity probably did Faust no favors, as it resulted in the band's least accessible album being the first exposure that many music fans had to them — thus ensuring that most of these people would never again buy a Faust album.


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