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Adventure (Expanded)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe it's just as the critics have said. Jan. 17 2004
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Not as immediate, but the wait is worth it Feb. 27 2003
By "drumb"
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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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! March 11 2012
By Emily
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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3.0 out of 5 stars El síndrome del segundo álbum May 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars It should have been the first one . ..
Don't get me wrong, I love this record. Days is easily one of my all time favorite bits or R and R prose. It somehow seems to carry the spectre of the first record however. Read more
Published on June 3 2010 by J. MacDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent sophomore album
This album proves one thing- you can't always believe what the music critics say. When this album came out in the late seventies the critics said it didn't hold a candle to their... Read more
Published on April 7 2006 by Dwayne Nietzche
4.0 out of 5 stars Let the Guitar Sound
Television's 1978 sophomore attempt has suffered from a double disadvantage in the eyes of critics, fans, and history. Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by Omer Belsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Adventure in the land of Television
Adventure has never gotten the respect of Marque Moon. Perhaps its because it builds on the model of the first album and the songwriting is a bit more refined and polished. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2003 by Wayne Klein
4.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Glance
This follow up to MARQUEE MOON was written off too soon if you ask me. Since it came out in '78, reception at best has been lukewarm. Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2003 by K. H. Orton
This is one of those problematic albums where for every great song, there's one that's the very definition of the word "FILLER". Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2003 by adam david
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique, substancial, finely-crafted rock music
Between the release of Television's acclaimed 1977 debut, Marquee Moon and the recording of their second album, 1978's Adventure, the New York punk rock scene, which they helped to... Read more
Published on Dec 1 2001 by P. Nicholas Keppler
5.0 out of 5 stars top tunes
This is the sequel to marquee moon. It's not as good but is still excellent. there are some really lovely tunes here. 'days' is a simple and beautiful song. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2001 by "theslime"
5.0 out of 5 stars A dream's dream of a follow-up
Marquee Moon.
There, now lets move on. Adventure in many ways is a stronger album than its predecessor. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2001 by Christopher Broome
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