These reissues of Tom Verlaine’s criminally overlooked second and third albums illustrate just how much of Marquee Moon’s ass-rocking inspiration came straight from the former Television frontman’s guitar. Accompanied by guest muscians here, Verlaine misses ex-co-lead Richard Lloyd’s inspired fills, for sure, but tracks like largely instrumental jam “The Blue Robe” and alternately heavy and tender “Always” showcase Verlaine’s balls-out solo virtuosity. With no track more than five minutes long, nothing achieves the overblown brilliance of “Marquee Moon,” but the album makes a better follow up to Television’s debut than their lackluster sophomore release, Adventure.
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