Various Artists

Tuatara: A Flying Nun Compilation

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This compilation was the first real indication to the rest of the world of the quality and variety of New Zealand's independent rock scene. The CD version presents a track each by 15 bands. Fans will already have the cuts by the Verlaines, the Chills, the Clean, Tall Dwarfs and the Bats. The inclusion of some minor but worthy bands such as Look Blue Go Purple, DoubleHappys, and the Gordons is nice, but what really make this collection valuable to collectors are appearances by obscure acts like Scorched Earth Policy, Marie and the Atom and Children's Hour. Focusing as it does on the label's early years a lot of this stuff is rather dark, but powerful.

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