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The Blow Up

The Blow Up

1 Jan 1982
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1982
  • Release Date: 17 Mar. 1999
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: ROIR
  • Copyright: ℗ 1999 Double Exposure Music Inc. (ASCAP) © 1999 ROIR
  • Total Length: 1:24:54
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  • ASIN: B001E9DIPK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,536 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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A brilliant live album is made even better with the remastered version enhancing the sound,the original release was very murky!
Television start the show with the Elevators song "Fire engine",they then play most of the tracks from "Marquee Moon " and "Adventure " That's the beauty of Television's live show,they like to jam and on the song "Foxhole" there is an added guitar part which make it a better version than the one on the album !
They also cover "Knockin' on Heavens door" and there's fine guitar playing (don't know if it's Verlaine or Lloyd ) and the final track is "Satisfaction" is brilliant
For me the gem of the concert is 15 minutes worth of "little Johnny Jewel" this is surely Verlaine,s finest moment!
Not a bad track on this album and once again the guitar interplay between Verlaine and Lloyd is amazing
A classic !
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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Feb. 2013
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I'm afraid this is the point where all rational thought (or sense of reasoning) goes out the window. I have just been perusing my cassette box(!) and discovered (again) this marvellous gem. Now, for me, Television in 1977 (the year I saw them supporting(!) Blondie at the Hammersmith Odeon - or indeed in 1978, when The Blow Up was recorded) is something approaching perfection (the equivalent of 67 Velvets, 75 Springsteen, 77 Clash, 79 Joy Division, you get the picture). Of course, the recording quality here is mediocre (at best) - bum notes played and sung permeate - but (equally of course) that's not the point. This is 85 minutes(!) of pure, unadulterated brilliance by the creators of one of the greatest albums of all time, and featuring the astonishing twin guitar attack of Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd.

Not surprisingly, the aforesaid Marquee Moon album features heavily in the material here (See No Evil, Prove It, Elevation, Venus De Milo, Friction, Marquee Moon) - the song versions are pretty close to the studio versions (with the exception of the extended solos on MM) and minimal comment is required on songs of this calibre. Not much can live with the Marquee Moon songs, of course, but the album does spring one or two surprises. Each of the other Verlaine songs (the title song, I Don't Care, Foxhole and Ain't That Nothing - the latter two from the Marquee Moon follow-up album, Adventure) are perfectly respectable. The 15-minute version of Verlaine's Little Johnny Jewel is something else entirely though and is for me the album highlight, containing as it does as brilliantly inventive a guitar solo as I have heard from (I assume) Verlaine, giving the song a feel somewhere between Sister Ray and John Coltrane.
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This CD set claims to be the only recorded source of TV's covers of Dylan's Knockin and the Stones' Satisfaction but whilst the former is certainly very listenable (and actually sounds like a Verlaine original) the real gems here are 15 minute versions of Marquee Moon and Little Johnny Jewel and really tight live perfomances of classic tracks like Prove It, Venus and Ain't That Nuthin. Only Elevation disppoints, perhaps because it is my favourite off Marquee Moon and the standard of the studio version is so high, but it seems to have significantly worse sound quality than other tracks. But buy this album if you like this band (and who doesn't?) and want to hear them live at their peak.
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This is a classic official bootleg that Television fans have been waiting for years. 'The Blow Up' takes it's cue from The Stones '19th Nervous Breakdown', French symbolism (Baudilaire,Rimbaud, Verlaine) and the noise-Jeff Beck emits from his guitar in the Yardbirds appearance in Michaelangelo Antonioni's 'Blow Up'...They were an anti-New York Dolls (see Julian Cope's 'Head On'-book to get an idea of their lo-fi punk-prog fusion!)...This is what preceded the classic 'Marquee Moon'- it is somewhere between that and early Patti Smith ('Break It Up' which Verlaine co-wrote and 'Piss Factory')...There are many tracks from the debut- 'See No Evil', 'Venus' & 'Prove It'. There is another of the endless covers of 'Knockin on Heavens Door'- tho' back in the 70's this would have been a charming idea (and Dylan, in his 1965/66 prime was as punk as anyone!). There are tracks from the so-so 'Adventure'- 'Foxhole' & 'Ain't That Nothin' being the best (though the latter rips-of Patti Smith's 'Ain't it Strange'- also the source for The Teardrop Explodes 'Sleeping Gas'). The highlights here are 'Friction', followed by the classics 'Little Johnny Jewel' (about Iggy Pop & reason enough to buy this cd) & 'Marquee Moon'(obviously mindblowing). A cover of The Stones 'Satisfaction' ends this excellent cd...If you want to hear something that sounds like critics/the uneducated believe The Strokes sound- get this...And if you want to hear where bands like Echo & the Bunnymen, The Go-Betweens and The Only Ones got their influence from: look no further...Truly classic stuff...
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Any mention of 1970's twin-lead guitar bands evokes the spectre of a brace of phallic-posturing mullet-wagging meatheads duelling ritual stock piffleriffs
to a town hall packed full of Joe Cocker impersonators.However there was one mid-decade band that lifted the genre to an evolutionary level inhospitable to those jilted beernerds whose cultural expression rarely advanced beyond purging over their monkey boots.When New York's 1975 new wave emerged,Television appeared most likely to surf all the way to world acclaim.Any hint of arty pretention in the Tom "Verlaine"reedy warble was bailed out by the quality of songs he brought,and the way his band interpreted them.From "Little Johnny Jewel" through the defining "Marquee Moon" album to the choppy-poppy "Foxhole",a new spine shivering template had been created from traditional guitar band elements.Then...er,nothing much.They fell apart after a second album, with Verlaine slowly sailing into a solo sunset of near obscurity as the one-time lesser Apple lights Talking Heads and Blondie went on to global brand recognition.Television later reformed briefly for a "listenable"album,but the window of opportunity had changed shape/curtains.If you missed hearing this band first time round,check out the postings,and if you like what you hear then get a hold of the expanded "Marquee Moon" and this stitched-together live classic."The Blow Up" shows that when a band/music/crowd alchemise some genuinely magic moments,it can all be effectively performed and captured using only the most basic of equipment.
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