Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 21. 5th September 1973
G. Wayne Thomas: — Wine Dark Sea:
G. Wayne Thomas:
Wine Dark Sea:
I thought the Singer-Songwriter-See My Guts syndrome really did die last year with Cat Stevens and a bit too much teasing. I'd had music-box diaries and Jackson Browne and Saturate Before Using wrote all your lives off last year anyway.
Drank half a cup of sour milk yesterday and the TV got turned off at 10 the night before and two Warm and Genuine lp's arrived. And I had to sit down and listen to em and evaluate 'em and say good things about 'em. Ok I sez and I read the publicity blurb inside and I jes puked.
"The idea of having our own label gives us a freedom to record exactly what we want and how we want it... the whole thing has to have an artistic approach rather than a business dominated one..." et cetera and signed by G. Wayne Thomas.
No joke either.
Nothing new though — ten mostly original cuts on G. Wayne Thomas and ten mostly flogged on Wine Dark Sea. And who really wants to hear "Handbags and Gladrags" again? Or Carly Simon's ode to Doomsday, "Share the End", again? Who wants two more Sweet Baby James and a bunch of sheepshit about 'I bin there and I wanna tell you about the bad times"?
Have another listen to Tea for the Tillerman or Tapestry or American Pie before you buy — you really don't need Warm and Genuine.