Adventure (Television album)

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Studio album by Television
Released April 1978
September 23, 2003 (Reissue)
Recorded Soundmixers & Record Plant NYC September–November 1977
Genre Punk rock, new wave, post-punk
Length 37:09
Label Elektra
Producer John Jansen and Tom Verlaine
Television chronology
Marquee Moon
The Blow-Up

Adventure is the second album by New York punk pioneers Television. It was issued in standard black vinyl in the US, but in red vinyl (matching the cover and inner sleeve) in the UK. The follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut, Marquee Moon, upon its release it fared worse than its predecessor in the United States but entered the charts at #7 in the United Kingdom.

Adventure sports a softer and more layered sound than Marquee Moon, with added nuances, such as keyboard textures and back-up vocals. Four of the songs, "Foxhole", "Ain't That Nothin'", "Careful" and "The Dream's Dream" were older compositions from the band's live set. The complex guitar work of Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd that was lauded by critics on Marquee Moon is still apparent on Adventure. Tom Verlaine plays an ondes Martenot keyboard on the song "The Fire".

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
Pitchfork (7.7/10)[4]
Rolling Stone favorable[5]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 5/5 stars[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Tom Verlaine unless otherwise indicated.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Glory"  – 3:11
  2. "Days" (Richard Lloyd, Verlaine)  – 3:14
  3. "Foxhole"  – 4:48
  4. "Careful"  – 3:18
  5. "Carried Away"  -5:14

Side two[edit]

  1. "The Fire"  – 5:56
  2. "Ain't That Nothin'"  – 4:52
  3. "The Dream's Dream"  – 6:44

CD reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Adventure"  – 5:38
  2. "Ain't That Nothin'" (Single Version)  – 3:55
  3. "Glory" (Early Version)  – 3:39
  4. "Ain't That Nothin'" (Instrumental)  – 9:47

Tracks 9-12 are bonus tracks released exclusively on the CD reissue. Tracks 10 and 11 are alternate versions of the original songs. Track 12 is a "hidden" track i.e. neither listed on the CD packaging nor on the CD itself and is an early instrumental run-through of "Ain't That Nothin'".



  1. ^ Deming, Mark. Adventure (Television album) at AllMusic. Retrieved 8 April 2005.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 28, 1978). "Christgau's Consumer Guide: Television: Adventure Pick Hit". The Village Voice. Retrieved 21 December 2011.  Relevant portion also posted at "Television: Adventure > Consumer Guide Album". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 14 April 2006. 
  3. ^ Weingarten, Marc (September 26, 2003). "Marquee Moon; Adventure Television > Music Review". Entertainment Weekly (730). pp. 94–95.  Posted at "Adventure; Marquee Moon Television > Music Review". 2003-09-26. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Dahlen, Chris (December 9, 2003). "Television Marquee Moon / Adventure > Album Reissue Reviews". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 5 May 2008. 
  5. ^ Emerson, Ken (June 1, 1978). "Television Adventure > Album Review". Rolling Stone (266). Archived from the original on 2 October 2007. Retrieved 26 July 2007. 
  6. ^ Sheffield, Rob (October 16, 2003). "Jam Punk!". Rolling Stone (933). p. 90. 
  7. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). "Television". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. London: Fireside. pp. 805–806. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.  Portions posted at "Television > Album Guide". Retrieved 21 December 2011.