Alchemy (Richard Lloyd album)

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Studio album by Richard Lloyd
Released 1979
Recorded Summer 1979
Studio Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York
Genre Rock and Roll
Length 37:03
Label Elektra
Producer Michael Young
Richard Lloyd chronology
Field of Fire
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The Village Voice B+[2]

Alchemy is the debut solo album of Television guitarist, Richard Lloyd. It was released in 1979, one year after the breakup of Television and the release of their second album, Adventure. Trouser Press called it "a gem of a solo album."[3] Its title track was a minor New York FM radio hit.[citation needed]

Lloyd's backing band on the album featured a number of notable New York musicians, including guitarist James Mastro (later of the Bongos), Television bassist Fred Smith and drummer Vinny DeNunzio, formerly of the Feelies. Producer Michael Young later added guitar and synthesizer overdubs to some tracks, which Lloyd stated that he strenuously opposed at the time.[4]

LP track listing[edit]

All songs written by Richard Lloyd except where noted

Side one[edit]

  1. "Misty Eyes" – 3:51
  2. "In the Night" – 3:43
  3. "Alchemy" – 3:50
  4. "Woman's Ways" – 3:14
  5. "Number Nine" – 2:51

Side two[edit]

  1. "Should Have Known Better" (Vinny DeNunzio, Lloyd) – 2:52
  2. "Blue and Grey" – 3:35
  3. "Summer Rain" – 3:17
  4. "Pretend" (DeNunzio, Lloyd, James Mastro, Fred Smith) – 4:11
  5. "Dying Words" – 4:20


  • Richard Lloyd – guitar, vocals, piano, harmonica
  • Jim Mastro – guitar
  • Matthew McKenzie – guitar, backing vocals, piano
  • Fred Smith – bass, backing vocals
  • Vinny DeNunzio – drums, backing vocals
  • Michael Young – guitar, synthesizer, arrangements
  • George Cornell, Tom Edmunds - assistant engineer
  • Dan Asher - front cover photography


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  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 31, 1979). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved March 18, 2016. 
  3. ^ Trouser Press
  4. ^ Commentary on Alchemy from Richard Lloyd official website

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