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The Blow Up

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Disc 1 of 2
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The Blow-Up
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See No Evil
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Prove It
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Elevation
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I Don't Care
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Venus De Milo
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Foxhole
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Ain't That Nothin'
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Knockin' On Heavens Door
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Little Johnny Jewel
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Friction
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Marquee Moon
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Satisfaction
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Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 84:54

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Much higher quality version available

EMUSIC-00E2E520

Do yourself a serious favor and check out "Live at the Old Waldorf" album from Rhino, which was originally released in limited CD and LP runs, but is also available as MP3. It doesn't have all the tracks here, but does include the entire second disc of this set as well as a bunch of other songs. And it's a great, clean mix straight from the soundboard. If you've been listening to bootlegs of this album for decades, you might actually miss the raw noisy quality of those old cassettes, but don't overlook the fact that a MUCH higher quality version is out there. . .

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I bought this BITD..

dikawl

when it was only available on cassette. You want to talk about poor sound quality! In spite of that I was totally enraptured by the performances. From the first drop of the drumstick to the final flourish, siy down and listen carefully you WILL be rewarded. I still pull this out every month or two just to get a fix even if is just to here about a fire engine.

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I was going to....

Shel243

...write a review about how the great 'performance' more than out-weighed the 'okay' sound...but the rest of you have beat me to the punch. No-brainer download.

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sound schmound, download now!

sharkbait

Every single %*&! song is great! Get the lot!

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Great concert, mediocre sound quality

DontWannaNicknameDammit

But it's a live recording from a mid-70s concert hall. What do you expect? If you love Television, and I do, you want this.

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Live Television Treat

SavagePopster

It's amusing to me that there is so much emphasis on the sonic quality of this recording. It's just not that bad, at least not on the key tracks--or maybe I'm just not noticing it. Marque Moon and Johnny Jewel are incredible performances! I have Rhino's Old Waldorf recordings; yes, the recording quality is better, but these performances are wilder, more uninhibited, and more like what I expected from a band famous for their live performances. If you love Television--and you should--get at least some of these songs, today!

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Amazing Guitar Work

dmdstrhalo

I think once it is accepted that these are live tapes from small club shows, it's a pretty impressive document of what a couple of humans can do with instruments. I do agree that "Little Johnny Jewel" has some great guitar work, but my favorite track on here is "Marquee Moon," which has some of the finest playing EVER, and yet judging from the crowd noise, I'm guessing only a couple hundred folks were actually there to witness it. Phenomenal and intimate.

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HOLY HOT DOG!

sledgbrainerd

THIS RECORDING SOUNDS LIKE SHIT BUT TELEVISION KICKS ASS! You better listen to that shit no matter what it sounds like or you DONT DESERVE TO LIVE, DICKBRAIN!

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Sweet Merciful Crap

thesak

As mentioned before this boot does not have the best sound however it is by no means terrible. What a show though. Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd tear it up with their two pronged guitar attack. Little Johnny Jewel is worth the price of admission alone. This just adds more weight to the question of why so few people mention this band when talking about CGBG's.

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Bad recording, incredible performance

DavidGerard

Beware: it sounds like it was recorded on a cassette player (and probably was). If you can put up with that, this performance rocks like anything, and I heartily recommend it for all your New York art-punk needs. Anyone who liked "Marquee Moon" should give this a go. Start with "See No Evil" as a sample track if you want a good example of both the sound quality and the performance.

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They Say All Music Guide

Double live albums frequently come off as redundant and indulgent, but in the case of Television, The Blow-Up comes awfully close to being an essential document, simply because the band’s studio albums didn’t always capture the rawness and spontaneity that fueled their on-stage improvisations. Both of those qualities are present on The Blow-Up in abundance; the sound quality is not exactly pristine, but the performances, recorded in 1978 on what proved to be the band’s final tour, are exciting and frequently breathtaking, capturing a side of the band that will enlighten anyone wondering how Television’s intricate, layered sound was ever tagged “punk.” Six songs from Marquee Moon and two from Adventure appear, plus covers of “Satisfaction,” “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” and the 13th Floor Elevators’ “Fire Engine” (here renamed as the album’s title track). It’s interesting to hear the shorter songs outside of a studio setting, but the album’s real treasures are the second half’s nearly 15-minute versions of “Little Johnny Jewel” and “Marquee Moon,” which are loaded with the improvisational fireworks that helped build Television’s reputation. Anyone seeking a more complete, rounded picture of the band after digesting Marquee Moon should eventually find his way here. – Steve Huey

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