Television's Moon Rises Again
Rhino Releases Expanded, Remastered Marquee Moon And Adventure, While Rhino Handmade Releases Live At The Old Waldorf On September 23rd
LOS ANGELES - One of the most influential rock bands of the last 30 years will finally get the recognition it deserves when Rhino Records releases Television's Marquee Moon and Adventure in expanded and remastered form on September 23. Both titles' booklets are loaded with unseen photos, lyrics and liner notes by experimental guitarist Alan Licht. In addition, Rhino Handmade will release Live at the Old Waldorf on the same date.
Television's 1977 debut album, Marquee Moon, immediately earned critical raves and inspired a number of musicians and bands. Tom Verlaine's vocals and fret work, Richard Lloyd's angular guitar playing, and Billy Ficca and Fred Smith's halting, unexpected drum and bass work all combined to reassert a guitar-based music during a time when soft-rock and disco ruled the airwaves. The band also ventured-very successfully-into extended sonic explorations, despite punk's call for shorter, faster songs.
In addition to Marquee Moon's original eight flawless cuts (including the searing opener, "See No Evil" and the epic title track), this expanded version includes previously unreleased alternate takes of "See No Evil," "Friction," and "Marquee Moon," a previously unreleased instrumental track, and the never-before-on-CD, full-length version of the single "Little Johnny Jewel," which pre-dated the album.
Television's sophomore disc, 1978's Adventure, refined the band's sound a bit with some elegant production, but the songs and playing are just as compelling as on Marquee Moon. Adventure's original eight songs are augmented here by three previously unreleased tracks: "Adventure," an early version of "Glory," and the single mix version of "Ain't That Nothin'," as well as an instrumental rehearsal run-through of "Ain't That Nothin', included as a hidden bonus track.
The Rhino Handmade title, Live at the Old Waldorf, captures Television on June 29, 1978 at their incendiary best, playing tunes from Marquee Moon and Adventure, as well as "Little Johnny Jewel" and "Satisfaction." The concert was originally recorded for radio broadcast, and made available only as a promotional album. Often bootlegged in varying degrees of quality, the show receives its first official release ever here, with pristine remastered sound.
Available at regular retail outlets and at, Marquee Moon and Adventure each carry an SRP of $17.98. Live at the Old Waldorf is available only through for $19.98. Get ready to turn on the Television!

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