Marquee Moon  

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Marquee Moon is New York Television's post-punk outfit 1977 debut album. Television originally wanted to record Marquee Moon with veteran jazz recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder (John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, most of the classic Blue Note Records catalog) at his legendary recording studio. The album cover features a portrait of the band taken by Robert Mapplethorpe, who also took the cover of fellow CBGB rocker Patti Smith's Horses album. A cover version of the title track was recorded in 1990 by the Kronos Quartet for the compilation album Rubáiyát. The song "Marquee Moon" was done in one take; drummer Billy Ficca thought that they were rehearsing.


LP track listing

All songs written by Tom Verlaine unless otherwise indicated.

Side one

  1. "See No Evil" – 3:53
  2. "Venus" – 3:51
  3. "Friction" – 4:44
  4. "Marquee Moon" – 10:40

Side two

  1. "Elevation" – 5:07
  2. "Guiding Light" – 5:35 (Lloyd, Verlaine)
  3. "Prove It" – 5:02
  4. "Torn Curtain" – 6:56

CD reissue bonus tracks

  1. "Little Johnny Jewel (Parts 1 & 2)" – 7:09
  2. "See No Evil (Alternate Version)" – 4:40
  3. "Friction (Alternate Version)" – 4:52
  4. "Marquee Moon (Alternate Version)" – 10:54
  5. Untitled [instrumental] – 3:22

The untitled instrumental is an unfinished attempt to record "O Mi Amore", a song Television performed frequently in concert during 1976 and 1977. This recording of the song comes from the sessions for Television's second album "Adventure" in 1978.

The song Marquee Moon was #372 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs All Time.

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