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Album Review

Ex-Television guitarist Richard Lloyd's first album came out a year after the band's final 1970s release. This platter contains a fine batch of earnest, solid, unpretentious songs that exhibit a 1960s sensibility and tunefulness. Arrangements and performances here are unaffectedly prosaic, in contrast to the arty fullness seen in the music of Lloyd's prior band. As a solo artist, Lloyd shows himself to be a tasteful, imaginative lead guitarist and a capable, if unspectacular crooner ("Woman's Ways" proves that soaring, full-throated singing is not his forte). Touches of country-pop can be seen in the backing vocals to the chorus of "Misty Eyes." "Number Nine" is an energetic, rocking selection that is jumpier than its neighbors. And "Should Have Known Better" is a winsome, ringing, Byrds-influenced pop song. The production is generally good, though certain numbers (most notably "Blue and Grey") have the vocals mixed a bit too low.

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Alchemy

This is one of my all-time favorite albums. I recorded it from the radio (The Midnight Album Hour) when it came out and really enjoyed it. It grew on me every time I listened; I turned friends on who also enjoyed it. Any fan of pop music (The Beatles or The Turtles, for instance) is sure to enjoy this record. And although I don't want to disparage one of the other reviews for this album, I have to say that although the listing on the album does say that synthesizer is used, I can't hear it. This is a straight-ahead, guitars bass and drums album (with vocals, of course.)

Here's a bit of trivia for you - the shirt that Richard is wearing on the album cover is the same shirt that Tom Verlaine wore on the inner-sleeve photo of the Marquee Moon album.

ALCHEMY Rocks it>>>>

hey, ROCK Guitar Lovers. Disregard the poor review above... The title song of this disk is a very heartfelt and BOLD statement and the song WOMAN's WAYS captures the way alot of guys feel about the women they love, bewildered. Buy this album and you will play it LOTS... Richard Lloyd wore his heart on his sleeve with this release and it is a big big heart!!! The fact that it is directly connected to a stratocaster guitar is bloody cool.

i like richard lloyd's work with television, but...

i don't recommend this album. sterile, reverby, synth-heavy 80s production at its "finest". lloyd is a great guitarist but only a passable songwriter. "misty eyes" and "woman's ways" are pretty good, "should have known better" is unlistenable, the rest is medium quality. nothing on here is interesting enough to warrant $9.99.

Biography

Born: October 25, 1951 in Pittsburgh, PA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Richard Lloyd was the rhythm guitarist for New York punk legends Television; he released the solo album Alchemy in 1979 and then dropped out of sight due to drug addiction, returning in 1985 cleaned up and with a new record, Field of Fire. The follow-up, a live album recorded at CBGB's and titled Real Time, appeared in 1987. Along with ex-Voidoids guitarist Robert Quine, Lloyd next helped bring Matthew Sweet to prominence on a series of albums starting with 1991's power pop classic Girlfriend; after...
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