After a 14-year “hiatus,” Television reformed in 1992, released an underrated self-titled LP and toured the world. As underrated as that LP might be, it can’t compare with the stellar live versions of the same tracks on this disc, recorded at the Academy in NYC in late ‘92. If you’ve only heard the studio tracks, download this IMMEDIATELY. Back during their mid-70s heyday, Television was occasionally referred to as the “Grateful Dead of punk,” a lazy comparison to say the least. But the ’90s version of the band is certainly jammier and less tightly wound. And while the songs Tom Verlaine came up with this time around are nowhere near as memorable as those found on Marquee Moon and Adventure, there’s still plenty of room for exciting guitar fireworks between him and Richard Lloyd. Check the batshit solo Lloyd unleashes during “1880 or So;” the funky rhythmic riffing on “In World;” and the spacey trance of “Rhyme.” Most of the songs here are from the Television album, though there’s room for a few warhorses: “Venus,” “Prove It,” and of course, an epic “Marquee Moon.” Wouldn’t be a TV show without that one.
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