Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Vashti Bunyan - Just Another Diamond Day (1970)

Εκείνη την περίοδο κυκλοφόρησε και τον δίσκο της ο οποίος περιέχει σχεδόν αποκλειστικά μπαλάντες. Για να είμαι ειλικρινής έχουμε ακούσει πολλύ καλύτερους δίσκους αυτού του περιεχομένου.

In the mid to late 1960s, Bunyan was under contract to Andrew Oldham, which saw her release two singles. However, Bunyan found the experience frustrating, and decided to head for the Scottish islands in search of an artistic commune supposedly established by Donovan. She travelled around the countryside with her partner Robert, in a horse-drawn wagon. It was during these travels that she wrote the songs which would later appear on Just Another Diamond Day.
Bunyan returned to London where she was urged by producer Joe Boyd to record her songs while they were still fresh. The recording session took place throughout December 1969 at Sound Techniques in London. Song arrangements were performed by Robert Kirby, who also worked with Nick Drake. Members of Fairport Convention and Incredible String Band contributed to some tracks. The album was initially released in 1970 but was a commercial failure and Bunyan retired from music for many years.
Just Another Diamond Day was re-released by Spinney Records in 2000, its success prompting Bunyan to return to music and eventually record the much delayed follow-up Lookaftering, released in 2005. Just Another Diamond Day was also featured in a UK TV advert for T-Mobile Flext in 2006.

Vashti Bunyan: Acoustic guitar, vocals.
Simon Nicol: Banjo.
Dave Swarbrick: Mandolin, Fiddle.
Robin Williamson: Fiddle, Whistle, Irish Harp.

"Diamond Day" – 1:47
"Glow Worms" – 2:16
"Lily Pond" – 1:24
"Timothy Grub" – 3:15
"Where I Like to Stand" (Bunyan / John James) – 2:21
"Swallow Song" – 2:16
"Window Over the Bay" (Bunyan / Robert Lewis) – 1:47
"Rose Hip November" – 2:27
"Come Wind Come Rain" – 2:07
"Hebridean Sun" (Bunyan / Lewis) – 1:13
"Rainbow River" – 3:22
"Trawlerman's Song" (Bunyan / Lewis) – 1:56
"Jog Along Bess" – 3:36
"Iris's Song for Us" (Bunyan / Wally Dix / Iris Macfarlane) – 1:33

1 comment:

zappahead said...

Sounds to me like a whimsical judy collins...if ever there was one ha ha ...excellent voice and charm..thank you for introducing me to her.