The Blow Up
Originally released on the cassette-only record label ROIR, The Blow Up is now being issued on CD for the first time. While the two studio albums Television released, Marquee Moon and Adventure were very slick in sound and production, The Blow Up shows the band for what they really were, a raw bar band known for their live shows. Though The Blow Up is a double CD, you may feel cheated, since it could all fit onto a single CD. Recorded at various dates on their final tour in 1978, the songs ranges from originals to covers of songs by Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, and the 13th Floor Elevators. It’s not a bad collection to have, but the sound quality could be better. If you’ve never heard Television, imagine the Rolling Stones as a bar band with an American Mick Jagger who has weaker vocals.
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