CBGB Festival: Couldn’t Make it So Here’s Some Rare Television.

No, I couldn’t make it to the CBGB Festival this year for the very same reason that I only went to three shows at Northside this year. For a first time out, CBGB has proven to be quite the wonderfully curated event, and I hope in the coming years it becomes something that even the certain other blogs/networks/show news posting sites can grow to love.

Well, to make it up to y’all: here’s some choice cuts from a widely circulated Television bootleg, “A Season in Hell” — cleverly titled reference to Rimbaud and the fact that Richard Hell was their bassist at the time of these recordings. If you’re interested in the full deal, leave a comment and I’ll let you know what’s up.

After the Jump: Television: Then with 50% MORE Richard Hell!

Below are some of my personal favorites (biased? sure, why not) from the “A Season in Hell”/”Double Exposure” bootlegs that are most common among most Television/Richard Hell fans. The only thing to know about them is that the demo tracks were produced by Brian Eno before Television dropped Richard Hell and went into the studio with their classic line-up in place. The other thing to know is that the version of “Blank Generation” was performed at CBGB in 1975, and to be honest, I’m not sure if that’s Richard Hell or Tom Verlaine on the lead vocal. I’d have to assume it’s Hell.

Enjoy!

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