Marquee Moon is the debut album by American rock band Television, released in 1977. While often considered a seminal work to come out of the New York punk scene of the late 1970s, the album differs from conventional punk in its clean, textured guitar-based arrangements and extended improvisation. As a result, it is also often cited as important to the development of post-punk and New Wave genres. While critically acclaimed at the time of its release, the album failed to garner commercial success.
It was re-released September 23, 2003. It has been ranked highly in many "best of" music lists.
According to the liner notes of the 2003 reissue, Television originally wanted to record Marquee Moon with veteran jazz recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder (John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, and most of the classic Blue Note Records catalog) at his legendary Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey recording studio.
The original vinyl recording was composed of eight tracks. The remastered 2003 CD re-release of the album retains the same track order, but the title track continues to 10:40, rather than fading out as on the original LP. The track was done in one take; drummer Billy Ficca thought that they were