Adventure (Television album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1978
RecordedSeptember–November 1977
StudioSoundmixers and Record Plant, New York, United States
Television chronology
Marquee Moon

Adventure is the second studio album by American rock band Television. It was released in April 1978 by record label Elektra.


Adventure was released in April 1978. It was issued in standard black vinyl in the US, but in red vinyl (matching the cover and inner sleeve) in the UK. Upon its release it fared worse in the charts than its predecessor in the United States but entered the charts at No. 7 in the United Kingdom.[citation needed]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Blender5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[6]
Spin Alternative Record Guide9/10[7]
The Village VoiceA−[8]

Ken Emerson of Rolling Stone wrote "By daring to be different, Adventure lives up to its title, but it also comes as something of a disappointment because it lacks the jagged tension and mysterious drama that imbued last year's Marquee Moon with such dark but lucid power."[9] Robert Christgau was favourable, writing "I agree that it's not as urgent, or as satisfying, but that's only to say that Marquee Moon was a great album while Adventure is a very good one. The difference is more a function of material than of the new album's relatively clean, calm, reflective mood. The lyrics on Marquee Moon were shot through with visionary surprises that never let up. These are comparatively songlike, their apercus concentrated in hook lines that are surrounded by more quotidian stuff."[8]

Musical style[edit]

On the album's sound Mark Deming of AllMusic writes "Where Marquee Moon was direct and straightforward in its approach, with the subtleties clearly in the performance and not in the production, Adventure is a decidedly softer and less aggressive disc, and while John Jansen's production isn't intrusive, it does round off the edges of the band's sound in a way Andy Johns' work on the first album did not."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tom Verlaine, except where indicated.

Side A
1."Glory" 3:11
2."Days"Verlaine, Richard Lloyd3:14
3."Foxhole" 4:48
4."Careful" 3:18
5."Carried Away" 5:14
Side B
1."The Fire"5:56
2."Ain't That Nothin'"4:52
3."The Dream's Dream"6:44


  • John Jansen – production, engineer
  • Craig Bishop, Gray Russell, Jay Borden - engineer
  • Paul Jansen - art direction
  • Gerrit Van Der Meer - photography


  1. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Adventure – Television". AllMusic. Retrieved December 25, 2014.
  2. ^ Tannenbaum, Rob. "Television: (various reissues)". Blender. Archived from the original on August 3, 2004. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  3. ^ Weingarten, Marc (September 26, 2003). "Marquee Moon / Adventure". Entertainment Weekly (730): 94–95. Retrieved December 25, 2014.
  4. ^ Dahlen, Chris (December 9, 2003). "Television: Marquee Moon / Adventure". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 25, 2014.
  5. ^ Sheffield, Rob (October 16, 2003). "Jam Punk!". Rolling Stone (933): 90.
  6. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "Television". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). London: Fireside Books. pp. 805–806. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  7. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  8. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (May 28, 1978). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 25, 2014.
  9. ^ Emerson, Ken (June 1, 1978). "Adventure". Rolling Stone (266). Retrieved December 25, 2014.

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