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Just Another Diamond Day

Vashti Bunyan Audio CD

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Digitally remastered and expanded CD reissue of this highly collectable and critically lauded 1970 album from the British Folk singer/songwriter. Features a bonus disc with four extra tracks. 18 tracks total.

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  26 reviews
48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Re-claimed classic Aug. 24 2005
By Lozarithm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In the last couple of years Vashti has performed her first live set in over three decades at the Royal Festival Hall; duetted with Devendra Banhart on his Rejoicing In The Hands album; recorded with Piano Magic; sung on a Simon Raymonde collaboration, and with Animal Collective on their Prospect Hummer EP; and recorded a new album for Fat Cat, with guest appearances from the likes of Joanna Newsom and hopefully the arranger Robert Kirby. She has been cited as an influence by a whole new generation of young performers of avant folk and has a higher profile than she has had since her initial emergence on a single produced by Andrew Oldham and in TV appearances for Ready Steady Go! in 1965. Reviews of the single, Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind, a Jagger/Richard song which the two Stones had initially placed with Dick and Deedee the year before, variously described her as "the new Marianne Faithfull" and the "female Bob Dylan." 

The reason for all this renewed activity was the re-issue in 2000 (2004 in the US) to great acclaim of her only album, Just Another Diamond Day, which had originally crept into the shops in 1970, without fanfare or promotion. "Nobody seemed to give it a second thought when it was released", says Vashti on her website, "In fact it was not really released, it just edged its way out, blushed and shuffled off into oblivion. I abandoned it, and music, forever as I went on to travel more with horses and wagons, with children and more dogs and chickens." 

However, in the intervening years it has become regarded as a cult classic, with vinyl copies passing hands among collectors for ever increasing sums. When Vashti learned of this from the internet, she began the long process of collecting and collating the old masters, doing the legal stuff and finally getting the album made available on the Spinney label, together with some additional earlier bonus tracks.

The circumstances of the creating of the album are extraordinary and integral to its unique quality. After a trying couple of years recording for Columbia and Immediate to little effect, she simplified her style to just her and her Martin guitar. Donovan suggested she visited an artists' colony he was setting up on the isle of Skye and advanced her £100, and she, boyfriend Robert and dog Blue duly set off from Sidcup in July 1968 on a two-year adventure of magic, hardship and odd-jobbing, in an old green wagon towed by a horse called Bess (punctuated by a brief tour performing in the pubs of Belgium, and the odd train trip to London with songs for subs from new producer Joe Boyd). All the way, the songs she was writing were of what she was experiencing on her pilgrimage. "The songs were the dreaming in verges of grimy roads," she writes, and it is these songs, borne of the lifestyle of blood, sweat and rose hips that she found herself adopting, that make up the unique document that is this album. When Vashti reached Skye, the artistic renaissance had not taken seed and Donovan was in the process of leaving, so she continued to the Outer Hebrides with a virtually complete portfolio of music.

She eventually travelled back down to London, in a Morris Minor called the Kettle since it regularly boiled over, to record the album at Sound Techniques in November 1969, with Christopher Sykes and John James on keyboards. Joe Boyd had invited Robin Williamson of the Incredible String Band to add fiddle, mandolin and Irish harp on three tracks, and from Fairport Convention, Dave Swarbrick to add fiddle and mandolin and Simon Nicol to add banjo on three others. Robert Kirby, well known for his work with Nick Drake, arranged string quartet and recorders on a further three.

Although very much of its period, the record has a beauty that stems from its unashamed purity and freshness, and is all the better for telling a true and unrepeatable story. Following its re-release The Observer Music Monthly listed it at 53 in their Top 100 British Albums list
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I had a window over the bay.. Aug. 26 2005
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Vashti Bunyan's "Just Another Diamond Day" belongs in the pantheon of the greatest folk records of all time. This record captures not only the essence of an age, but a way of thinking about our world that has too often been overlooked or forgotten. This is not a "cult" classic - it's a classic, period. It is an important and ageless record, as vital today as it was when it was released, if not more so. A touching thing of pristine, rare beauty.
35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vital beauty Feb. 8 2005
By Beketaten - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It is highly refreshing that this relic of simple beauty has not been utterly lost in the shuffle. Vashti's gentle voice and quiet, short meditations on dreamy, rustic life strike a chord with a society that is constantly on the move.

She herself DID go to that life after this single record...Though it is too bad she could not transcend her shyness to make more records, I must say that this album is a testament to the influence of traditional folk music on the experimental scene today. To go back to the beauteous structures allows us to move forth, deconstruct, and manipulate the essence of our musicality.

We are also reminded that the extremely short song is no less powerful and evocative.

In short, this album should be enough to lull even Mike Tyson. Simplicity has rarely been showcased like Vashti Bunyan performed it.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sparkling clear diamond in the record-store rough... Nov. 13 2004
By Hermine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard about this record, it was in relation to Devendra Banhart, and then I heard a little about Vashti's life. How she had recorded a Mick Jagger song, but felt uncomfortable with pop-stardom, finding performing her own compositions infinitely more rewarding. Fleeing London, she set off with another free spirit, a horse and a wagon to live a wandering life. The songs on 'Just another diamond day' were written on this journey, and later recorded by Joe Boyd back in London, with some string arrangements by Robert Kirby, but the album has only become widely appreciated very recently.

Given these links to Nick Drake and the gorgeous story behind the album, I was an instant sucker for its charms. Vashti's voice may at first seem detached and fey, but in time you come to love its openness and clarity. It's a voice that is beautifully open to life, nature and love, and gorgeously complimented by the sparse, crisp guitar and string arrangements.

That said, the song writing is not always fully satisfying. The songs are short, sweet and rarely develop beyond their initial mood and tone. In this way, her influence on Devendra is clear - concise, simple songs with a singular mood. I've heard Vashti compared to Joanna Newsom, but I disagree - while Joanna's songs (especially 'Sadie') are intricate and fascinating in their form, Vashti's are very straightforward, the lyrics also strikingly simple.

However, the absolute sincerity of Vashti's voice and the album's sheer prettiness mean that this simplicity is not a major problem. It's intimate and soothing - the kind of thing to listen to when you want Nick Drake's gorgeous melodies and atmosphere but without the melancholic intensity. All early-morning light and winter sunshine...
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not enough stars Jan. 18 2005
By Robert Burns - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Five stars is not enough for this record.Until last year, I had never herd of Vashti or J.A.D.D..This album is up there with the finest works of Nick Drake,Sandy Denny, Tom Waits,Kate Bush or any others you might care to name.Rarely does one find something so perfect in the CD racks.If beauty and quality are things you look for in music, do yourself a huge favor and buy this.Don't let it slip away like it did when it was first released on LP.This record is perfect.

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