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#128 - Marquee Moon (Television)

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[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Marquee Moon (February 8, 1977)"][/caption] Yeah, I dig this album. Marquee Moon has a fantastic clarity from start to finish, despite the more complex and mingling guitars, comparing them to other pioneer punk rockers like Blondie. I'm realizing that something I love about albums is when they sound complete. When a recording has an unfinished sound to it, I don't like it. But sometimes that's done on purpose, and I do like that! But when it all doesn't quite fit together, that sucks. Track Listing
  1. See No Evil
  2. Venus
  3. Friction
  4. Marquee Moon
  5. Elevation
  6. Guiding Light
  7. Prove It
  8. Torn Curtain
This album has lots of that "underground" music-scene energy. Its got a bit of a wild, rugged, hard edge to it, but its all executed with fantastic precision and skill. I picture a bunch of really talented friends playing together in their garage with the door open. No?
Oddly enough, the members of the band had a lot of problems as they continued recording past their debut (which was Marquee Moon) and then eventually had members come and go as a result. So the fact that they sound like a group of good friends playing together is funny.
The title track is epic. Its a 10 minute and 40 second anthem with a wicked instrumental break. Then it continues with "Elevation", another great tune that actually reminds me of The Cardigans' "Lovefool". That syncopated guitar really fools me!
Anyway, this is a great album with a fantastically clean sound that is still diverse and has many instrumental complexities, especially between the two guitars.
I wouldn't say this is my favourite album, but I did enjoy it. And maybe it will grow on me more. Who knows. But I'd love to hear your thoughts. I know some of you out there are really passionate about this album!

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