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Marquee Moon [CD]

Television Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jun 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Elektra
  • ASIN: B000005IRG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,744 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elevation 9 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
An outstanding electric guitar album that has well stood the test of time, I remember first buying this the end of winter 77, a hard up student in London, after seeing Nick Kent's review in NME. I asked the record shop proprietor his opinion, he said - yeah, it's good, his voice is a bit strange though. Let me play some of it for you. And so I listened.

All these years and several formats later I'm still regularly listening to it with that same awe struck thrill I had back then. At the time I was smugly pleased with myself because nobody I knew had heard of them and, still, to this day when people are name checking their favourite albums, this one never gets mentioned, which is a bit strange when you consider that it is unquestionably the finest long playing record ever made.

OK, perhaps a bit over the top there, but let's get to the facts, just the facts. Television is neither a punk nor metal band. Nor are they prog-rock despite the 10 minute long title track. Garage band? Maybe so, but the musicianship & structure of the songs is at odds with that particular genre although the bare stripped back sound is one of 4 guys playing in a room with most of it recorded in one take. Comparisons are futile, however Television have been the inspiration for many subsequent guitar based acts. That instantly recognisable riff from the White Stripes "Seven Nation Army" is a close derivative of the bass part on "Elevation". Other bands of note under the influence of, I would say, early REM & U2, Yo La Tengo, the Blue Aeroplanes, Interpol, the Strokes, and probably Kings of Leon. You can also add to that list David Bowie in his "Scary Monsters" incarnation where he does a cover of one of Verlaine's later songs, "Kingdom Come".
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5.0 out of 5 stars A place in every new wave heart 20 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
So much could have been learnt from Television, but if even Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd could never again get within a million light years of what this album achieved (not even by reforming the original line-up) there's nothing to learn. It was an album that came out of nowhere: Television had been tipped for greatness since 1974 but nothing they did before this album remotely hinted at it. There are not all that many albums that anyone ever calls their Favourite Ever. This is certainly one.

Best guitar-band album ever? I've not heard anything better in the 30 years since and as for before, only maybe the best 12 Led Zep & Stones tracks ever would challenge it - and they're not on one solid single flawless album, are they. (You know, of course, that I wouldn't have mentioned Jimmy Page in 1977 without spitting, but you grow up.) Otherwise the only reference points would be Jeff Buckley's "Grace" - the guitar-heavy, Zep-ish tracks; and a few tracks on "The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads" which hint, sadly, at what Verlaine/Lloyd may have gone on to if their guitar partnership had continued to develop instead of dissolving into, well, two blokes with guitars in the same band like on "Adventure."

Key moments:

Venus, all of it, the most Most MOST perfect guitar song in history;

the moment you nostalgically get, for the 3,000,001st time without tiring of it, that the beat of Marquee Moon isn't where you thought it was the first time you heard the intro;

the recurring bit in Guiding Light where the elegiac guitar solo sounds like it's going to burst into a dual-lead Wishbone Ash thing which is an illusion caused by a couple of guitar notes in the backing but still, 30 years later, I hope...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Venus of the new wave 31 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
In 1977, a friend played me a 12" green vinyl single by a band I'd never heard of. It was 'Prove It'/'Venus' by Television. I taped it (as you did in those days) and discovered that I loved both sides. Before long, I was seeking out this album and played it over and over for days. Television shared a certain attitude with the other fashionable bands of the time, but their music otherwise had little in common with them. This is guitar rock with a lot of solos and no tracks under three minutes. Yet there's still an edge and an energy that sets it apart from the previous generation of rock bands.
There are punky rock songs ('See No Evil' and 'Friction'), dramatic songs ('Torn Curtain' and 'Elevation'), surrealism and wit ('Venus' and 'Prove It'), and a gentle interlude ('Guiding Light'). Then there's the ten-minute, epic title track, which builds layer upon layer and mesmerises you. Guitarists Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd share rhythm and lead duties, and their seemingly limitless supply of well-crafted and imaginative solos, combining the smooth and the slightly distorted, are a prominent feature of the album.
'Marquee Moon' is 45 minutes of unique rock music. As Tom Verlaine once observed, there are any number of ways to get from A to B on a guitar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album 29 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
I was reading a book by the jouranlist/broadcaster Paul Morley and he was speaking about the Strokes and how they have celverly created a new trend within the 'retro' field. Throughout the 90's we have seen bands take influence from styles and music of previous years, be it acid rock, garage, rock, 60's british invasion etc...

What the Strokes did which is very interesting is, to rather than directly associating themsleves directly to a band - (easiest example - oasis - beatles) they look like they harked back to some punk/rock band from the seventies - people think of the strokes and say "oh yes they are some retro punk, garage band - influenced by the seventies) - but when you actually look at it - they didnt actually look like any band from the seventies that much, neither did they make any direct link to a band through their style of music.

They kind of created a retro style to something that was never actually there - hence, actually creating a new style itself...a sort of false retro image and sound, creating the impression they were taking influence to something that was never actusally there in the first place.

Well the relevance to this album is that - Television are unique - they dont really sound all that much like any other band of their era, they have a sort of 60's 'garage' aesthetic but never sounded too shabby.

They get linked in with the ever widening 'Punk' - but do not expect brash, angry attitude and thrashing guitars here, - not a mohican in sight. They could be linked a little to Wire in terms of stylistics but they are more melodic and dynamic (and not quite so - just out of art school- sounding).
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best rock albums of all time etc
One of the best rock albums of all time etc etc
Published 21 days ago by C. J. Morrell
5.0 out of 5 stars What's on the box?
Not an easy album to forget one's first hearing of since a lot of it seems to hit a bell in one's head and hit it hard. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Mr. G. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The item arrived exactly as described, and before I expected it. Buy with confidence.
Published 1 month ago by Jacques coetzee
5.0 out of 5 stars The quality of the recordings isn't top notch but I just love this...
There's a point in the track Little Johnny Jewel at which it sounds like it switches to another performance at a slightly difference speed and guitar tuning - it all adds to the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Talk To The Mountain..." - Marquee Moon by TELEVISION (2003 Rhino...
When you think of the staggering influence America's TELEVISION has exerted over so many budding bands and songwriters - it's strange now in the glaring hindsight of 2014 to know... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a special album from a special band still sounds great today !
Published 2 months ago by mr n parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut album from very under-rated band
I re-discovered this album on you-tube and had forgotten just how brilliant it really is. All the songs have great hooks and energy and can be played over and over again without... Read more
Published 4 months ago by GT1
5.0 out of 5 stars 10/10.
As a review I read when this record was released in 1977 said, that in 1987 it would still be as fresh and exciting as it was in the year of release was right. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. D. Ruddick
2.0 out of 5 stars tried something new.
Absolutely not my cup of tea but you never know unless you try different genre's, done this before & found gem's.
Published 7 months ago by rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album
This is a superb album! Buy it, play it over and over again until you get it - it will change your life. If it doesn't try Patti Smith instead.
Published 9 months ago by Griff
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