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Television live: Persia

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Published on Jan 1, 2011

It is said that the legendary Ahmet Ertegun, listening to a Television audition for Atlantic Records, turned to an associate and said, "I can't sign this band. It is not Earth music."

"Persia" is a remarkable extended jam that Television frequently played during their 2002-3 tours. It features some blistering Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd solos with a Middle-Eastern flavor that gives it a, well, other-worldly vibe. Ertegun knew what he was talking about but that was one of the few times he couldn't appreciate the grandeur in the ferocity that confronted him.

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