Richard Lloyd

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Recorded live on April 21 and 22, 1987 at CBGB's in New York, this is much more than a live best-of album by the "other" star to emerge from Television. Richard Lloyd has always stood -- undeservedly -- in the shadow of Tom Verlaine, sort of a Gene Clark to Verlaine's Roger McGuinn, and for reasons difficult to fathom, his solo career has never taken off. Lloyd's and David Leonard's guitar playing is in absolutely top form here, and his voice makes a fine instrument, at least on-stage, whether he's covering an old Thirteenth Floor Elevators number like "Fire Engine" or his own "Alchemy." Highlights include the killer ten-minute "Field of Fire" (on which the two guitarists more or less rip the envelope with their extended duet jam); the vocal and lyrical showcase "Pleading" makes for a perfect follow-up number and for a fine presentation of Lloyd's singing (as well as the crunchy, twisting post-folk-rock guitar that he helped perfect in Television). The sound is excellent throughout.

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