Television - Marquee Moon (Vinyl)

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This is the debut album by American rock band Televison. It was released on February 8, 1977, by Elektra Records. In the years leading up to the album, Television had become a prominent act on the New York music scene and generated interest from a number of record labels, eventually signing a record deal with Elektra. The group rehearsed extensively in preparation for Marquee Moon before recording it at A & R Recording in September 1976. It was produced by the band's frontman Tom Verlaine and sound engineer Andy Johns. For Marquee Moon, Verlaine and fellow guitarist Richard Lloyd abandoned contemporary punk rock's power chords in favor of 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 in describing his perception of an experience.


"This isn't Earth music," marveled Ahmet Ertegun to Jerry Wexler, and I can certainly sympathize with the sentiment. After all, these two men were responsible for the release of a massive chunk of timeless jazz, soul, and R&B; now in 1975, these men were hearing a form of music bled of overt Black influences. The groove is here, but it's nervy, skittery. It's worth noting, though, that Tom Verlaine's first choice to record the band was Blue Note impresario Rudy Van Gelder. To call this music jazz-inspired might be stretching it; however, Verlaine's solos were largely spontaneous creations (Richard Lloyd always wanted him to double his lines, but he couldn't remember them right): modal, wandering, self-aware. In bop Television had an intellectual forbear.
But this record is also more New Wave and rock 'n' roll than punk in key places (the paranoid "Elevation" and "Torn Curtain," the Reed-esque shuffle of "Prove It"). These guys couldn't play straight punk if they wanted; thank God they never really bothered to try. Which CBGB alum could've given us the all-time ballad "Guiding Light"? And who else (with the exception of future heroes Beat Happening) could've forced fifteen simple hooks into ten mesmerizing minutes? A rare album that neither inspires hype nor sniping. A revolutionary side-concept from punk that took decades to spread seeds.

By: Silent_Mike




A1 See No Evil
A2 Venus
A3 Friction
A4 Marquee Moon
B1 Elevation
B2 Guiding Light
B3 Prove It
B4 Torn Curtain



 

Cat No:  8122797158

Record Label : Elektra / Rhino