Television (Television album)

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Live at the Academy, 1992

Television is the third album by American rock band Television. The album was released in 1992, fourteen years after the band's second studio album and subsequent break up in 1978. A video for "Call Mr. Lee" was filmed and aired on MTV to limited play.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]
The New York Timesgenerally favorable[3]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[4]

Television has generally been well received by critics. Rock critic Robert Christgau wrote "I prefer the more rocking, songful old Television, but it's a tribute to Tom Verlaine's conceptual restlessness and force of personality that in a world where alternative guitar means making noise or mixing and matching from the used bins, these four veterans have regrouped with a distinct new sonic identity. Droll, warm-hearted, sophisticated, cryptic, jazzy yet unjazzlike, they sound like nothing else—except, just a little, old Television".[2] David Fricke of Rolling Stone wrote that "It was worth waiting fifteen years."[4] Milo Miles of The New York Times wrote "Trying to adjust after a long layoff, these musicians have assembled a scaled-down Television, though one with exquisite design details."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Television

  1. "1880 or So" – 3:41
  2. "Shane, She Wrote This" – 4:21
  3. "In World" – 4:12
  4. "Call Mr. Lee" – 4:16
  5. "Rhyme" – 4:47
  6. "No Glamour for Willi" – 5:00
  7. "Beauty Trip" – 4:22
  8. "The Rocket" – 3:23
  9. "This Tune" – 3:42
  10. "Mars" – 4:56


  • Vera Beren – production assistance
  • Mario Salvati – engineering, mixing
  • Patrick A. Derivaz – engineering assistance
  • Joe Brescio – mastering


  1. ^ Deming, Mark. "Television – Television | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Television". Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Miles, Milo (October 11, 1992). "Recordings Review; Scaled Down, Television Returns". The New York Times. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Fricke, David (October 29, 1992). "[Television review]". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 23, 2014.

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