by Leo Casey
Part 3: Exact Lengths Of All Twelve Officially Released Versions:
Below are the exact times of all twelve officially released versions of the song ‘Marquee Moon’ (seven studio versions and five live versions):
i) vinyl, 33.33 r.p.m., 12-inch, LP;
ii) vinyl, 45 r.p.m., 7-inch-single;
iii) vinyl, 45 r.p.m., 12-inch-single, or EP;
iv) reissued vinyl, 33.33 r.p.m., 12-inch, LP;
v) cd version; vi) remastered, re-released CD version;
and vii) others.
Obviously, we must always distinguish between the ‘Fades-Out’ version of ‘Marquee Moon’, e.g., the version released on Elektra records in February 1977, and the ‘Non-Fades-Out’ version (aka Ends-With-Final-Crescendo version) released subsequently. All song-lengths given below are just the song, ‘Marquee Moon’, itself; they do not include any silent lead-in or silent lead-out.
Fades-Out Version:a) (UK) vinyl LP, Elektra K52046, 1977;
b) (USA) vinyl, 33.33 r.p.m., LP of the album, Marquee Moon, Elektra 7E-1098, 1977;
c) (Japan) vinyl LP, Warner Pioneer P-10308E, 1977, on the vinyl’s circular paper label, but P-11070 W, 1977 on its front cover;
d) (Germany) vinyl LP, Elektra ELK 52046, 1977 (GEMA made in Germany by WEA Musik GMBH, a Warner Brothers Co.);
e)(Spain) vinyl LP, Hispavox HKS 541-49 (WL), 1977;
f) (USA) Cassette, Elektra 1977;
g) (France) Cassette, Elektra 7559-60616-4, 1977;
h) 8-Track Electra ET-81098 1977: ALL are identical, and have a song-length of 9:55.3.
Fades-Out Version:a) (UK) vinyl, 45 r.p.m., 7-inch-single, Elektra K.12252, 1977: ‘Marquee Moon’ (Part I) ‘A’ Side / ‘Marquee Moon’ (Part II) ‘B’ Side;
b) (Germany) vinyl, 45 r.p.m., 7-inch-single, Elektra ELK 12252 1977 (with picture sleeve): ‘Marquee Moon’ (Part I) ‘A’ Side / ‘Marquee Moon’ (Part II) ‘B’ Side;
c) (Spain) vinyl, 45 r.p.m., 7-inch-single, Electra/Hispa Vox 45-1519, 1977; ALL are identical, with: ‘Marquee Moon’ (Part I) ‘A’
Side: 3:10.6 / ‘Marquee Moon’ (Part II) ‘B’ Side: 6:43.7; Total: 9:54.3
Fades-Out Version:(UK) vinyl, 45 r.p.m., 12-inch-single, EP, Elektra K 12252, 1977 (Special Limited Edition): ‘Marquee Moon’ (Stereo) / ‘Marquee Moon’ (Mono): 9:55.1 Stereo version; 9:55.1 Mono version.
Non-Fades-Out Version:(USA) vinyl, 33.33 r.p.m., reissued LP of the album, Marquee Moon, 4 Men With Beards 4M501, 2003 (200 gram, virgin vinyl): 10:40.8.
Non-Fades-Out Version:a) (USA) CD of the album, Marquee Moon, Elektra 1098-2, November, 1987;
b) (Japan) CD of the album, Marquee Moon, WEA Music K.K. Elektra 20P2-2107, 1987;
c) (Germany) CD of the album, Marquee Moon, Elektra/Asylum/Warner 7559-60616-2 1987;
d) (Japan) CD of the album, The Best Of Television & Tom Verlaine, East-West / WEA Records AMCY-2562, 1998;
e) (UK) CD of the album, Marquee Moon, Elektra 10982, 1999;
f) (USA) CD of the album, Marquee Moon, reissued as a Replica-Mini-LP CD of the album, Marquee Moon, Rhino / Elektra R2 74804, 2008, but not remastered. ALL are identical, and have a song-length of 10:37.5. (The incorrect time of 9:58 is written on the cover of these CDs.)
Non-Fades-Out Version:(USA) CD of the album, Marquee Moon, Rhino / Elektra 72930, 2003, Remastered, and reissued as a Digi-Pak CD with bonus tracks: 10:41.4. This is 3.9 sec. longer than the song-length on all five other CD versions in (5). (See Note 3 below.)
Non-Fades-Out Version:(USA) CD of the album, Marquee Moon, Rhino / Elektra 72930, 2003, Remastered, and reissued as a Digi-Pak CD with bonus tracks: the Bonus Alternate Version: 10:44.9.
Note 2: This alternate version is a live-in-the-studio, one-continuous-‘take’, probably with no over-dubs since just before the song begins you can hear Verlaine counting-off, ‘One, two. One, two, three, four.’ Smith’s opening bass line is slightly different. Lloyd’s and Verlaine’s solos are all drastically different (and in our opinion vastly inferior).
Note 3: Because of the long, gradual fade-out of the Fades-Out version(s), and the reverberation time of the final crescendo of the Non-Fades-Out version(s) (e.g., the Rhino / Elektra 72930, 2003, Remastered, Non-Fades-Out version ends with lead guitar’s very long reverberation and Verlaine’s sustained tinkling piano notes), it was necessary to make a special effort to determine exactly where/when the studio version(s) of ‘Marquee Moon’ actually ended.
Non-Fades-Out Live Version:From The Blow Up, (France) CD, ROIR RUSCD 8249 1999. A digitally re-mastered and re-edited re-issue (with different sleeve). ‘Marquee Moon’: total track is 14:45.3, but 0.0 - 0.2 is lead-in; ‘Marquee Moon’ ends with Ficca’s very short drum-roll followed immediately by a click of the drum-sticks at 14:43.8; so, 14:43.6 (i.e., 14:43.8 - 0.2) is its song-length.
Non-Fades-Out Live Version:From Live At The Academy NYC, 12.4.92: (USA) CD,
Ohoo Music, 2003. (Sold at Television concerts in 2003.) The total track is 12:04.6. ‘Marquee Moon’ (10:55.8, just the song itself).
Non-Fades-Out Live Version:From Live at The Old Waldorf, San Francisco, 6/29/78:
(USA) CD, Rhino Handmade RHM2 7846, 2003 (Only available online from Rhino Handmade in a limited edition of 5,000.) ‘Marquee Moon’: 13:40.7, just the song itself (i.e., has an 11.3 sec. silent lead-in).
Non-Fades-Out Live Version:From Live at The Old Waldorf, San Francisco, 6/29/78: vinyl, (USA) (2 LP), Rhino R17846 (On 180-gram white vinyl as part of Record Store Day April 2011, in a numbered, limited edition of 3,000.) ‘Marquee Moon’: 13:40.7, just the song itself (i.e., has an 11.3 sec. silent lead-in).
Non-Fades-Out Version:From: a) vinyl, (USA) 33.33 r.p.m.,12-inch, IRS L33-17369 / IRS 7137, 1987, Promotional EP: A-Side: ‘A Town Called Walker’ // B-Side: ‘Marquee Moon’ (Live); and b) vinyl (UK) 12-inch, 45 r.p.m., Phonogram/Fontana, FTANA 312, 1987, Promotional EP, Limited Edition, colored vinyl: A-Side: ‘The Funniest Thing’ / ‘One Time At Sundown’ (The London 1986 Version) // B-Side: ‘Marquee Moon’ (1987 Live). Both releases of this live ‘Marquee Moon’ were recorded on March 19, 1987 at The Town And Country Club, London, England: Both are 10:32.6.
Note 4: According to an October 23, 2010 e-mail to the Television-Group by Joe Thornton, “The IRS version [and Phonogram/Fontana version] was recorded from the mixing-desk [i.e., soundboard] and not from the audience.”.
Note 5: From The Wonder’s Discography: Unlike most 12-inch EPs (which are 45 r.p.m.) this is 33.33 r.p.m.; promotional copy only. Same musicians as on Flash Light LP except [this live] ‘Marquee Moon’ has Jay Dee Daugherty on drums; does not exist in any CD format.”.
Note 6: The bootleg version of “March 19, 1987, The Town And Country Club, London,
England”, after a speed-correction (slowed down), has a ‘Marquee Moon’ of 15:03.4 (just the
song itself). Thus, Verlaine edited out over 4:30 (15:03.4 - 10:32.6 = 4:30.8) of his original live performance in creating the IRS Promo EP version. His original, long (4:18.5), jazzy, improvised section of just Verlaine on guitar was what Verlaine removed. We believe he did this: a) for audio quality, i.e., to be able to fit his March 19, 1987 live version onto one-side of the vinyl promo EP without having to ‘squish’ the grooves too closely together; and b) to try and make this live ‘Marquee Moon’ more commercially appealing to the average record buyer.