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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol. 34, No. 18. October 6 1971

Tamburlaine — Say No More Kiwi


Say No More Kiwi

In case you haven't heard already. Tamburlaine have made an album which is to be released very soon. Recorded here in Wellington in HMV's studios, this collection of fine new songs (all but one are original) manifest the talent that even the earliest performances by this group revealed They achieve a lyrical coupling of voices and instruments that is attained by very few. The songs are crisp and fesh, the performance confident, and the recording fair.

Various instrumental embellishments are employed to good effect. Flute, harmonica, violin, and cello are used on various tracks to add extra colour and grace. Denis Leong's adroit piano is featured as well.

As in concert there is a mixture of acoustic and electric elements. Some Other Day, Lady Wakes up, and Pass a Piece of Paper were among the songs I enjoyed most, though a more extended track about the Flame of Thoriman developed further.

Tamburlaine have not copied other contemporary artists, nor have they retrogressed. Their album is good, not only for New Zealand, but for a much wider musical scene. It's certainly of that quality.