Television - Marquee Moon

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Marquee Moon is the debut album by American art / alternative rock band Television, released in February 1977 via Elektra Records.

By the mid 1970s, Television had become a leading act in the New York music scene, having developed a following from their residency at CBGB’s, where they helped persuade club manager to feature more unconventional musical groups.

The band had received interest from labels by late 1974, but chose to wait for an appropriate record deal. They turned down a number of major labels, including Island Records, for whom they had recorded demos with producer Brian Eno, but frontman Tom Verlaine wasn’t enamored with Eno's sound stating: "He recorded us very cold and brittle, no resonance. We're oriented towards really strong guitar music ... sort of expressionistic."

The band quickly developed a rapport and a musical style that reflected their individual influences: bassist Robert Smith and guitarist Richard Lloyd had a rock and roll background; drummer Billy Ficca was a jazz enthusiast, and Verlaine's tastes varied from psychedelic / acid rock to jazz.

After a recommendation from singer and poet Patti Smith, Television recorded demos for Arista Records, which Verlaine said resulted in "a much warmer sound than Eno got". However, Verlaine still wanted to find a label that would allow him to produce Television's debut album himself, even though he had little recording experience.

Television eventually signed with Elektra Records who promised Verlaine the could produce the album provided he was assisted by well-known recording engineer, with Andy Johns being enlisted due to his work with the Rolling Stones.

For Marquee Moon, Verlaine and fellow guitarist Richard Lloyd adopted a rock and jazz inspired interplay, melodic lines, and counter melodies. Verlaine's lyrics combined urban and pastoral imagery, references to lower Manhattan, themes of adolescence, and influences from French poetry. He also used puns and double-entendres to give his songs an impressionistic quality describing the perception of an experience rather than its specific details.

Marquee Moon received widespread critical acclaim and commercial success in the United Kingdom, but sold poorly in the United States. The record has since been viewed by critics as a foundational record of alternative rock.

Marquee Moon is a revolutionary album, but it's a subtle, understated revolution. Without question, it is a guitar rock album, but it is a guitar rock album unlike any other.

Marquee Moon is, at its core, just one great song after another. The album starts off at one if its most punk moments with the fast-paced See No Evil, laced with excellent guitar work and a catchy melody. Venus brings things back a little bit with a more subdued song, bringing some alternative rock elements to the table. Perhaps the best song is the majestic ten-plus-minute title track Marquee Moon which shows Television playing like a progressive rock song with an alternative rock sound.

Another brilliant moment is the minimalist Guiding Light, with a quite, mesmerizing riff throughout .

Marquee Moon is a very original album that has been kept fresh by the way the band flesh out Verlaine’s poetry into sweeping epics. It truly deserves the classic status it has obtained over the years.

This limited edition LP has been remastered and pressed in Europe on 180 gram heavyweight white vinyl with reproduced original artwork.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

See No Evil

3:56

A2

Venus

3:48

A3

Friction

4:43

A4

Marquee Moon

9:58

B1

Elevation

5:08

B2

Guiding Light

5:36

B3

Prove It

5:04

B4

Torn Curtain

7:00

SKU 0081227951221
Record Label Elektra Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 8122797158
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 09 October 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 01 February 1977
Barcode # 0081227951221
Shipping Weight 0.2850kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition White Vinyl, Limited to 3,000 Copies, Remastered, 180 Gram Vinyl
Vinyl Colour White
Genre Rock
Genre New Wave
Genre Post Punk
Format VINYL LP

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