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Television Marquee Moon--Demo

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Published on Jan 10, 2010

1974. Produced by Brian Eno

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Richard Lloyd
This was NOT produced by Brian Eno. Richard Williams from Island wanted to record the band and described that he would like to bring Eno along because Richard didn't know anything about how to record in studios. So we said OK, but didn't use a single idea that Eno brought. And then listening back we realized that Richard Meyers:(Hell) couldn't play bass with Billy all over the place so he soon after left and we brought in Fred Smith, and the music got much more stable. This version is too fast.
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Nigel Clark
The chorus sounds more like a chorus. I love that you can hear the VU influence 
JEFY1971
I find this version too fast, prefer the official version's speed, the vocals are definitely better on this version, though, and yes this DEFINITELY sounds like the Velvet. Great find
Jake Charles
1974/1975 demos notable for Richard Hell being in the band. I guess Eno would be seen as a big deal too.
Gavin Von Em
@worldcommunity Um, Marquee Moon with "less of those rambling prog breaks" is like James Brown with less rhythmic, dance-inspiring minimalism. That 12" version may be 10+ minutes long, but the vinyl album version is definitive because it's infinite. When the volume fades at the end, you could keep listening to it forever if you could infinitely crank your volume knob. If Marquee Moon ever stops, the universe will end in a giant Mixolydian crescendo and you'll be like, OMGWTF?
Dfactor Pop
I was re-reading Velvets to the Voidoids this weekend, and everything that Richard described below about this recording is all right there on pages 136-137. I kinda like Hell's thumpy, punky bass on this version, but I could see where Verlaine s trip was at then....
bobdc
Wow, Ficca really had his whole part together this early in the song's life.
Michael Roberts
I like this...sounds a lot different than the final version, definitely reminds me of the velvet underground's sound
robert green
this is just...wow. amazing.
hot dog
The album version is better overall but that part before the chorus is so wonderful. i can't stop listening to it and it makes me wish they recorded more stuff with richard hell
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