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Adventure [Import]

TelevisionAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros UK
  • ASIN: B000005IRF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,865 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Glory
2. Days
3. Foxhole
4. Careful
5. Carried Away
6. The Fire
7. Ain't That Nothin'
8. The Dream's Dream

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let the Guitar Sound June 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Television's 1978 sophomore attempt has suffered from a double disadvantage in the eyes of critics, fans, and history. First, it has a production that does it something of a disservice - it somehow doesn't catch the grandeur, the magic of the songs. You miss the danger and the glory that these songs should, but don't quite, radiate. The other disadvantage is simpler: It's a follow up for one of the greatest albums in Rock history - 1977's Marquee Moon.
Yet this is quite a shame, because Adventure is, in its own small way, something very close to masterpiece. Like its predecessor, Adventure relies on the masterful songwriting of Tom Verlaine, whose prowess in that department has often been overshadowed by his genius hands at the fret.
Some of Verlaine's songs have been covered by Artists who brought out the pop-rock genius in them. But television always shies away from that; even at its catchiest, it maintains a cutting edge, a unique sound and music making ethic which make Verlaine's music a connoisseur's art.
The connoisseur has much to love in this release, one of the best in Verlaine's career. Opening with 'Glory', one of Verlaine's most rewarding rock'n'roll moments, a song which could have fitted nicely in Marquee Moon (It is only the only track off 'Adventure' which Television presently perform on a regular basis). We get a sing-along, but one which is remote nonetheless. If you can appreciate it, you'll love it, but it'll take a poppier cover for the uninitiated to appreciate the beauty in it.
As a lyricist, Verlaine is both profound and whimsical, his song often sound like the more poetic of Dylan's songs, but with a weirder sense of humor. See the lyrics of the epic closer 'Dream's Dream':
The elevator called me up.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Adventure in the land of Television November 14, 2003
Format:Audio CD
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. The British press have reassessed Adventure and decided it was superior album to the debut. They're very different albums but then again, who am I to argue with the Brits?
Verlaine's singing is more confident and less self-conscious and the playing show the band in synch. Lloyd and Verlaine's guitar interplay is every bit as inventive as the debut. Adventure is the result of a band playing together over a longer period of time and a songwriter finding the best voice for his band to express themselves.
Adventure is fleshed out with the title track, Ain't That Nothing (both the single and the rehearsal) and an early version of Glory. All these tracks (with the exception of the single version of Ain't That Nothing)are interesting to contrast with the more complete final versions. It's like watching a great master paint. While you get an idea of what the final painting will look like, you don't get the complete picture until the paint has finally dried.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars take a chance August 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I had originally picked up Marquee Moon and couldn't stop listening to it. My thirst for more Television music brought me to Adventure which seems to be black or white to most fans.

Love it, or hate it. Not much middle ground here.

I was disappointed upon first listen because its not MM part II. The production is different. The guitars on MM are more in-your-face but on Adventure they are more refined, brought into the mix more. It took me a little while to digest. I kept spinning it and started to really get into it.

On Adventure the songs that really struck a cord with me were the softer entries "Days, Careful, Carried Away." The passion that pushes MM to such great heights is here in a song like "The Fire." The epic song is again presented in "The Dream's Dream." "Glory" is an infectious feel good pop song and "Ain't that Nothin'" is a hook laden gem with a really satisfying guitar riff coming out of the solo.

Another thing to consider when listening to this record is where MM had the benefit of having the songs fully fleshed out live before the album was recorded, Adventure was made up of mostly brand new, untested material. Some of which was written in the studio.

I would put Adventure on even footing with Marquee Moon. If you really loved MM and are interested in checking this out, give it more than a few spins in your CD player. Some of the best and most enduring music doesn't hit you the first time you hear it but grows on you over time.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Television's "Adventure" is an interesting and surprising second, and final effort. This album is prettier, and less confrontational than "Marquee Moon". That album screamed to be either loved or hated, but this cries for approval. Tom Verlaine keeps the songs a little shorter and even allows a co-write (guitarist Richard Lloyd on "Days"). Also, many of the jagged rhythmic figures and precisice syncopation is lost in favor of seventies rock approved power-chords, pentatonic rhythm guitar and country flourishes. This is, however, no standard rock record. It retains the arty compostition and interesting orchestration, but in a more mainstream context. "Glory" is upbeat, and strangly optimistic, while "Days" is a superb riffy ballad. "Foxhole" is a brillaint anti-war rant with a lively rock beat. "Careful" and "Ain't That Nothin'" are decent songs that are lessened in impact by their formulaic sound and standard choruses. "Carried Away" adds organ to the mix, and delivers an outstanding but creepy ballad that stays with you, and "That Fire" adds theremin and a slow groovy bassline to Television's guitar attack. The album closer "The Dream's Dream" has about six lines of almost non-sense lyrics, but is kept interesting through almost seven minutes with first rate, creepy, orchestration. This album, although more ornatly produced and upbeat than "Marquee Moon", posseses an understated quality and an innate sadness that hits after several listens. Overall, while not as great as "Marquee Moon", still deserves to be a classic, and worthy of purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD and good delivery
This is a great album (almost historic). The supply side was great too as it turned up on time and in good condition
Published 7 months ago by Bruce Grieve
3.0 out of 5 stars The sophomore slump
It's not terrible. It's not dashed off nor does it want for lack of precision or thought.

However, it is, nonetheless, the disappointing second album of a band who had... Read more
Published on October 30, 2010 by Kurt Hoffman
3.0 out of 5 stars put it this way, Television should have known better
It should be pretty obvious by now that Adventure most certainly is not better than Marquee Moon. Yes, this has been established and explained to me HUNDREDS of times by this... Read more
Published on September 24, 2010 by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not 'Marquee Moon', and that's a good thing!!
Okay, so it's not the raw piece of meat for your ears that 'Marquee Moon' was. They played those songs live for 3 years before going into the studio with Andy Johns and made a... Read more
Published on June 25, 2008 by J. Hubner
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe it's just as the critics have said
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 -... Read more
Published on September 23, 2007 by mianfei
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Verlaine
Tom Verlaine's guitar has a unique voice. Either you love it - or you don't - Typically, big fans of groups like Styx, Toto, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Boston, Kansas and The... Read more
Published on July 7, 2007 by G. B. Ott
5.0 out of 5 stars Days, be more than all we have...
When this album came out in the late seventies the critics said it didn't hold a candle to their debut album Marquee Moon. Read more
Published on May 19, 2007 by B. Saltzberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a Great Band, But...
...this is definitely NOT the same kind of material as their debut album "Marquee Moon". However, their second album is still pretty decent in its own right. Read more
Published on January 12, 2007 by mroxie
4.0 out of 5 stars A different work then Marque Moon
I like this more than Marque Moon b/c this is a bit more commercial and accessible. I love "Glory" which is their most mainstream song. Read more
Published on November 14, 2006 by Scott B. Saul
5.0 out of 5 stars Television's Dream Adventure
"Marquee Moon" is the 1977 classic debut that embodies the truism that an artist/band has a lifetime to produce the first work, and seven months to get going on the second. Read more
Published on October 16, 2006 by J P Ryan
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