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Adventure (Expanded)


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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0000AI45Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,477 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 17 2004
Format: Audio CD
Television were a breath of fresh air in the 1970s with their unique psychedelic rock, sparse but based on long, yet always melodic and even delicately soft guitar lines - producing melody even through chaos.
"Adventure", their second album following the massively-acclaimed "Marquee Moon", was highly accessible due to the slick production and absence of extended jams. Nonetheless, the rapid tightening of commercial radio formats and the ineptitude of noncommercial radio restricted Television to the tiniest cult audience in their homeland, although "Adventure" made them stars in Western Europe.
Compared with the deceptively soft sound of "Marquee Moon", "Adventure" lost out in terms of the unique textures due to the rather intrusive production, which verged on pompous on the disappointing "Ain't That Nothin" and blunted the edge from the guitar lines of "Glory", which is largely carried by a touching vocal. However, "Carried Away" moved the clanging guitar sounds to piano and organ with surprising effect, and the largely instrumental closer "The Dream's Dream" blend's the undeniable guitar talents of Verlaine and Lloyd with a sound that was remarkably rich and soft for a time when stripped-down aggression or bombastic stadium rock was the order of the day.
The almost insanely catchy "Foxhole", their third and last European hit single, however, was the stunner here, with perhaps the finest guitar work ever made coming from Richard Lloyd. Especially in his closing solo, Lloyd played with a skill that even the radio-oriented production utterly failed to thwart. Verlaine's lyrics can appear to be shallow or intelligent (sometimes at the same time) but the music of "Foxhole" will never leave you: probably, in fact, the best song of the late 1970s.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "drumb" on Feb. 27 2003
Format: Audio CD
Punk was a genre cultivated on the principles of do it yourself sloppiness that under ideal conditions could breed a sound free of all commercial aloofness and flowing with unbridled passion. Unfortunately, while this harsh anti-commercial mentality did result in a number of the century's greatest musical acts (ie: The MC5, The Stooges, The Velvet Underground), it also virtually ignored a huge back catalogue of talented musicians simply because their motives didn't fit the strict punk criteria. The most disappointing example of this was by far the blatant anti-Beatles stance assumed by most of punk music in reaction to the band's ... perfectionist leanings. Thankfully though, when the initial shock factor of the late 60s punk coup began to fade in importance, this limiting facade gave way to reveal a number of brilliant pop acts that had been quietly maturing on the stage of CBGBs. Among these influential artists were the likes of the ultra quirky Talking Heads and the brutally under-recognized Television, freely referencing defunct pop geniuses like The Beatles and the Beach Boys to create a distinctive blend of 60s melodies and modern punk aggression.
In their short lived career, the original Television incarnation generated only two albums. Marquee Moon was perhaps the quintessential Television record, displaying an instrumental prowess and sonic complexity that was sorely lacking in punk music at the time, but it was not until the heavily underrated Adventure that Tom Verlaine's impressive songwriting skills truly came to full fruition.
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By Emily on March 11 2012
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I was worried when I bought this album, because I fell in love with their first one, and didnt want to disapoint myself if this one was not as good. It's great though! It moves a little bit away from their first albums sound, and is a little more pop sounding, but it's still wonderful! My favorite song on here is Foxhole, by far!
One problem with it, it would not burn to my computer! So if you want it digital, this isnt good. Luckily I dont really mind!
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Si bien Marquee Moon puso la vara demasiado alta para Television, Adventure es un buen trabajo y no merece haber sido eclipsado por su monumental debut. Como sucede habitualmente con los grupos en estos casos, Adventure suena más reposado, con menor intervención de guitarras pero con canciones similares a las de su antecesor, aun cuando no hay nada en el nivel de Torn Curtain o Marquee Moon.
Tom Verlaine parece no haber agotado sus ideas a la hora de componer, y junto a Richard Lloyd siguen mostrando esa envidiable compenetración en las guitarras, su sello característico y que hace a Televisión un grupo fuera de lo común en el ambiente musical de fines de los 70's.
Los memorables Days y Careful son las mejores canciones del disco, 3 minutos de irresistible pop en la primera y un acento más rockero en la segunda. Entre los números más extensos, Ain't That Nothin' es lo mejor en términos instrumentales. Como es costumbre en Television, no hay nada de sobra en Adventure, que brilla con luces propias a pesar de tener un tremendo peso en sus espaldas. (3 estrellas).
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