Dreamtime (Tom Verlaine album)

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Dreamtime
Studio album by Tom Verlaine
Released July 1981 (1981-07)
Recorded 1981, A&R, RPM and Penny Lane Studios, New York
Genre Post punk
Length 38:21
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Tom Verlaine, Robert Clifford
Tom Verlaine chronology
Tom Verlaine
(1979)
Dreamtime
(1981)
Words from the Front
(1982)
Alternative cover
1994 Infinite Zero reissue
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

Dreamtime is Tom Verlaine's second solo album, originally released in 1981. "Without a Word" is a rewrite of "Hard On Love," an unreleased Television song performed live in 1974 and 1975.

The album was reissued in 1994 by Infinite Zero Archive/American Recordings label, with two bonus tracks drawn from the 1981 "Always" 7" & 12" single. It was reissued in 2008 by Collectors' Choice Music with no bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Tom Verlaine.

Side one[edit]

  1. "There's a Reason" – 3:39
  2. "Penetration" – 4:01
  3. "Always" – 3:58
  4. "The Blue Robe" – 3:54
  5. "Without a Word" – 3:17

Side two[edit]

  1. "Mr Blur" – 3:24
  2. "Fragile" – 3:27
  3. "A Future in Noise" – 4:13
  4. "Down on the Farm" – 4:49
  5. "Mary Marie" – 3:25

Bonus tracks (1994 CD reissue)[edit]

  1. "The Blue Robe" (alternate version) – 4:17
  2. "Always" (alternate version) – 4:09

Personnel[edit]

  • Tom Verlaineguitars, solos, vocals on all tracks; bass on "Penetration"
  • Ritchie Fliegler – guitars on all tracks, except "Penetration"
  • Fred Smith – bass on "Mr. Blur", "Down on the Farm", "There's a Reason" & "Without a Word"
  • Donald Nossov – bass on "Always", "Mary Marie", "Fragile", "The Blue Robe", "A Future in Noise", & bonus tracks
  • Jay Dee Daugherty – drums on "Mr. Blur", "Down on the Farm", "There's a Reason", "Without a Word" & "Penetration"
  • Rich Teeterdrums on "Always", "Mary Marie", "Fragile", "The Blue Robe", "A Future in Noise" & bonus tracks
  • Bruce Brodykeyboards on "Always", "Mary Marie", end of "Penetration" & "Always" (alternate version)

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Peak
Position
1981 Billboard Pop Albums 177 [4]

Notes[edit]