Television Marquee Moon VINYL

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Television Marquee Moon VINYL

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BBC review
Guitars: it’s impossible to review any Television release without discussing the boy’s toys; and TV have two world-class exponents of the craft. Tom Verlaine could (and should) have a book written about his stinging sci-fi tone and dazzling Fender Jaguar explorations. He lies somewhere between Richard Thompson and John Coltrane. Less is said of Richard Lloyd, but anyone who’s seen them live will attest to his skill. The first solo on Marquee Moon belongs to him (”See No Evil”) and it’s a testament to melodic economy. Verlaine only exceeds him in terms of out-thereness. What, of course, is really important is how the two work together. Underpinned by Fred Smith’s redoubtable bass and Billy Ficca’s clattering toms, it’s part psychedelia, part existentialist verse, part gritty rock ‘n’ roll voodoo, part sentimental bluster and wholly, radically new. Lumped in with the punk explosion of 77, Television were no three-chord heroes. What set them and their New York contemporaries apart was diversity and stronger links to the past.

By the release of Marquee Moon Verlaine and Co. had been together for at least three years and owed as much to their love of Love, Moby Grape and Fairport Convention as to a desire to break the mould. What’s more, they really could play. By 1977 they could play this material in their sleep and were totally unafraid of being captured virtually live in the studio by Zeppelin’s engineer, Andy Johns. Marquee Moon thus burst, seemingly, out of nowhere:a fully-formed masterpiece of electric poetry. No other band at the time could have got away with a ten-minute title track (live, it stretched to nigh on half an hour!) had they not matched the dextrous instrumentation with Verlaine’s sneeringly obtuse wordplay. His voice, always verging on the bleatingly awkward, is perfect in this setting. Listen to him spit out the line: ‘I start to spin the tale. You complain of my DICtion…’ (“Friction”).  Let’s face it: this is a plain & simple must-have. This case is closed…


Track Listing
1 See No Evil
2 Venus
3 Friction
4 Marquee Moon
5 Elevation
6 Guiding Light
7 Prove It
8 Torn Curtain

Details
Artist: Television
Title: Marquee Moon
Genre: Punk / New Wave
Release Date: 2012
Attributes: LP ~ Discs:1 / 180g Vinyl
Country: USA
Label: Rhino
Product Type: Vinyl
Catalogue: 8122797158
UPC: 081227971588

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