Great album, flawed by unfortunate mastering error
B. Carlson | Alexandria, VA United States | 01/11/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I love Tom Verlaine and this is one of his best solo albums, but the current CD reissue was carelessly mastered and contains one jarring flaw: the first track, "Five Miles of You" is simply cut off cold. This really irritated me, so I investigated side by side with the LP. It turns out that the CD does not truncate the track - it is actually a second or two longer than the LP. But they somehow missed the fade, so the result is a chopped off track. You may still want the CD at this mid-line price, but this is an unfortunate error.
Note that this CD follows the original European track list, which is as follows: 1) Five Miles of You; 2) Let Go The Mansion; 3) Travelling; 4) O Foolish Heart; 5) Dissolve/Reveal; 6) Miss Emily; 7) Rotation; 8) Swim. You can find an extended version of "Five Miles Of You", plus 2 great b-sides from this session ("Lindi-Lu" and Your Finest Hour") on his anthology "The Miller's Tale," which is a fine 2 CD set that includes an exclusive live concert on the second disc.
Verlaine's output is exceptionally rewarding and disproportionately rare, so enjoy it wherever you can."
Tom Verlaine's "Cover" is Close To Perfection
M. Beck | South Portland, Maine | 12/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was bewildered a few years back to find out that this incredible solo album from Television's Tom Verlaine was not available on CD. Although I could still cue up my original vinyl LP to enjoy Verlaine's superlative songwriting and his majestic guitar work on this album, I took the time to digitize the record and burn my own CD. This is an album that I wanted to be able to enjoy at home or on the road. "Lindi-Lu" and "Five Miles Of You" are two of the best songs that Verlaine has ever recorded, but there's not a bad song on the whole collection! And his vocals have never been stronger. If you like Verlaine, if you like Television--hell, if you like the electric guitar--you should own this album!"